Readers & Writers
Publisher Resources

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 three categories: Full, Associate, and Chapbook/Zine Publisher. What all CLMP publishers have in common is a focus on publishing literature and a commitment to doing so ethically.


Current CLMP members, to renew your membership, please click here.

Full Membership

Full Membership is for those who have published at least one issue or title prior to applying, and publish at least one issue or book title per year on an ongoing basis.

  • DUES
  • Based on annual budget:
  • Under $50,000:  $125/year
  • $50,001 – $350,000: $225/year
  • Above $350,001: $500/year
  • Non-US Publishers*: $100/year

Chapbook/Zine Publisher Membership

Chapbook / Zine Publisher Membership is designed to aid the smallest of publishers. Benefits are identical to Full Membership as described above.

  • DUES
  • $50/year


Associate Membership

Associate Membership is a single-year for those who intend to begin publishing soon. Associate Members may renew as Full Members once publishing has started.

  • DUES
  • One-time fee of $50


Membership Benefits

Benefit Full Membership Chapbook/Zine Membership Associate Membership
In-person or virtual 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 vendors 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 on and special access to select CLMP Products and Services.
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 event programmers.
Opt-in membership with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.
Access to CLMP’s members-only “safe space” listservs.
Access to and reminders regarding all CLMP Opportunities.
Representation at national conferences and trade shows and participation in CLMP-sponsored indie lit fairs.



All CLMP organizations are 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);
  • 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.

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 (*Note: Non-US publishers are ineligible for regrant opportunities), as long as they are “mission-driven to publish literature.”


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