New Michigan Press acquires chapbook manuscripts primarily through our yearly chapbook contest, with a deadline in the spring (see "contest" at left). Typically we'll pick up several of the finalist manuscripts in addition to the winning chapbook.
If we're in contest season (January-June), we don't consider queries.
In July to December each year, please feel free to query us electronically at <nmp--at--thediagram.com>. Please include a list of acknowledgments, a few sample pieces, and a description of the project.
We consider a chapbook manuscript to be 18-48 manuscript pages. We do not publish full-length books.
Though New Michigan Press is not cut from the same cloth as DIAGRAM (NMP produces print products only, and doesn't necessarily have a bias towards more diagrammatic work—though of course there is some overlap), we do enjoy seeing work that falls in the cracks between genres, or that transcends/combines genres. We are also very open to more traditional forms. We prefer to keep an open mind when it comes to laying the ground rules for creative work.
We do not have a bias towards or against more established writers; the merit of the work is our biggest concern.
The best way to see what we like is to buy one or more of our chapbooks. Help support New Michigan Press and other small presses who keep the chapbook genre alive.