Readers & Writers
Publisher Resources


CLMP has been providing direct service to literary publishers since 1967. We are the only national service organization that is solely dedicated to supporting and actively promoting the field of independent literary publishing. By joining CLMP as a publisher, you not only gain access to a multitude of CLMP services and opportunities, but become an active part of a mutually-supportive community of organizations ensuring that our literary landscape remain diverse, vital and vibrant.

CLMP offers membership to publishers in there catagories: Full, Associate, and Chapbook/Zine Publisher. Non-US publishers and those planning to publishing within the next 12 months may become members. What all CLMP publishers have in common is a focus on publishing literature and committment to doing so ethically.

Become a CLMP member publisher and take advantage of our services and programs plus the expertise of 500 fellow publishers.

Full Membership (sliding scale; see Dues below)

  • Telephone and in-person consultations with CLMP staff, including assistance with funding strategies, marketing and distribution issues, and financial matters.
  • Annual Check-Up reviews to address challenges and share our birds-eye view of what your fellow publishers are doing to better connect readers & writers, and deal with various issues.
  • Password-protected access our digital Resource Library, featuring monographs, transcripts, tip sheets and audio recordings.
  • Password-protected access to the Media, Funder, and Consultant databases and other members-only sections of the website.
  • Waived or reduced fees on workshops, including our annual Literary Writers Conference.
  • Member discounts for printers and other venders and service providers, plus discounted participation at BEA and free participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • Full listing in the online, open-source CLMP Publisher Directory.
  • Discounts for CLMP’s Circulation Database Template, perfect for literary magazines’ circulation management; and Submission Manager Pro, a software program for online submissions.
  • Invitations to regular networking sessions, both to meet and exchange ideas with other mission-driven literary publishers and to forge relationships with the commercial publishing community and other allies, such as booksellers, translators, librarians, and literary even programmers.
  • Access to CLMP’s members-only “safe space” listservs.
  • Notifications about grants and other opportunities.
  • Representation at national conferences and trade shows and participation in CLMP-sponsored small press/lit mag fairs across the country.

Associate Membership (for those planning to publish)—$50
Associate Members have access to all of CLMP’s services and resources, but are not able to participate on publisher listservs or benefit from regrant/marketing opportunities only available to full members. Associate Membership may be held for one year only. Once publishing has started, Associate Members may renew as Full Members.

Chapbook/Zine Publishers’ Membership—$50
CLMP’s Chapbook/Zine Publisher Membership is designed to aid the smallest of publishers. This category of membership will provide chapbook and zine publishers with technical assistance designed to help publishers operating outside of traditional distribution channels and provide access to a growing national community of like-minded publishers. Benefits are identical to Full Membership as described above, plus: 

  • Free participation in the CUNY Chapbook Festival, an annual conference specifically catering to chapbook publishers
  • Access to a variety of chapbook-specific fairs and spaces nationwide


Membership Eligibility

Membership is open primarily to English-language publishers who:

  • are primarily literary in nature (over half the content of each issue or title consists of fiction, poetry, drama, literary reviews and/or essays);
  • have published at least one issue or title prior to applying for membership (unless applying for Associate Membership);
  • publish at least one issue or book title per year on an ongoing basis;
  • do not charge authors a fee to publish their works;
  • are not primarily self-publishing (at least 50% of titles published are by authors not on staff);
  • do not primarily publish children’s or students’ (undergraduate/high school) work.

NB: Overall editorial, literary, design and production quality will also be considered. Applicants may either be not-for-profit or for-profit, and be located anywhere in the world, as long as they are “mission-driven to publish literature.”


Annual membership dues are based on an organization’s annual budget. Include payment with your application (pay by credit card using our secure server or send in a check separately).

Full Membership is based on Annual Budget

$1 – $50,000 — $125/year

$50,001 – $350,000 — $225/year

$350,001+ — $500/year

Non-US Publishers* — $100/year

*NB: Non-US publishers are ineligible for regnant opportunities

Chapbook/Zine publishers — $50/year

Associate Membership — $50 for one year

How to Apply

Complete the application form HERE. Pay for your application using our secure server embedded into the form, or mail in a check separately.

Mail one copy each of up to two issues or titles as well as one copy of a current catalogue (if applicable; online publishers will supply their URL). Presses should also include a current catalogue (or link to it). Please also include representative promotional materials.

The CLMP membership committee meets the first week of every month to assess new applications. Please note that only COMPLETE applications will be considered. Complete applications consist of the following:

  • Membership application
  • Dues payment
  • Copies of books/magazines/chapbooks/zines mailed directly to the CLMP offices, or functioning URLs for online publications.

If you have any questions regarding membership benefits or the application process, please contact Montana Agte-Studier, Membership Director by email (magte-studier@clmp.org) or by phone: (212) 741-9110 x15.