Michigan Writers Cooperative Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Each year, the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press (MWCP) publishes winners of its chapbook contest. The purpose of the press is to help writers publish their first book in a literary genre. Poetry, short-story collections, and works of creative nonfiction will be considered. 

Selections are based on literary merit, not genre--meaning we may publish more than one winner in a given genre, or no winner in another genre. In past years, MWCP has published up to three winners. Readers specializing in each genre carefully consider and jury each eligible submission, and then forward the finalists to the contest judge.

2021 Contest is now accepting submissions.

This year we are only accepting Poetry chapbooks.

The poetry judge will be announced soon.


Eligibility: The MWCP chapbook contest is only open to members of Michigan Writers, Inc. who have not previously published a book in a literary genre.

For complete eligibility requirements, contest guidelines, and procedures, click here.

To join Michigan Writers, click here

Manuscripts will be accepted between December 1 – January 31, 2021.