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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.

Read our most recent Annual Report for an overview of what we’ve been accomplishing.

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.


Full Membership

A full CLMP 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. This membership level provides access to all of CLMP’s services and resources, including:

  • 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 even programmers.
  • 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.

Full Membership Dues
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).

  • Annual budget under $50,000 — $125/year
  • Annual budget between $50,001 and $350,000 — $225/year
  • Annual budget above $350,001 — $500/year
  • Non-US Publishers* — $100/year

*NB: Non-US publishers are ineligible for regrant opportunities.



Associate Membership

Associate Membership is for those who are not yet publishing, but intend to begin soon. Associate Members have access to essential CLMP services and resources, including all documents and recordings in CLMP’s resource library, and access to media database. Associate Members may not participate on publisher listservs or benefit from regrant/marketing opportunities only available to full members. Associate Membership may be held for one year only. Associate Members may renew one year later as Full Members if publishing has started.

Associate Membership Dues
An Associate Membership may be purchased for a one-time fee of $50.



Chapbook/Zine Publisher Membership

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.

Chapbook/Zine Publisher Membership Dues
A Chapbook/Zine Publisher Membership is $50 per year.




First, assure your organization is eligible. 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.

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.”

Good fit? Complete the following steps to apply:

  • Complete the application form and pay dues using our secure server HERE.
  • Mail us a packet including one or two issues or titles, a current catalogue (if applicable; online publishers will supply a URL), and representative promotional materials.

The CLMP membership committee meets regularly to assess new applications. Please note that only COMPLETE applications will be considered.

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 x12.