Are you an author based in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, or Iowa?
Have you written a book and want to get it published?
Below you’ll find 19 top book publishers in the Midwest.
From 1928, this prominent publisher has been striving to find the best and brightest voices in literature. This unique publishing house prints plays, scripts, and musicals for the theatre community. Successful playwrights, newcomers, amateurs and writers are welcomed eagerly by this company based in Cedar Rapids. Heuer Publishing lets interested people purchase scripts or plays for performing and thus gives upcoming artists a platform to shine on. To find new talents and authors, they have created a Board of Directors. The board includes professionals, educators, mentors, experts, and teachers from the arts and media industry. If you are interested in submitting a play or manuscript, fill their online form.
As it is the only University Press in the state, it has a huge responsibility towards promoting literature, education, and history. Founded in 1969, the University of Iowa Press has built its stellar reputation due to their thought provoking books, ideas, and formidable writers. Scholars, researchers, educators, thinkers, students, and professionals have published some of their most nuanced works with this press. The Iowa Short Fiction Award and the Iowa Poetry Prize are the two channels through which they print fiction and poetry. Genres they love to read include food studies, non-fiction, Midwest history, culture, writing, humanities, theatre, and North American poetry studies. Send inquiries or queries to an editor overseeing your topic.
The Indianapolis based publisher was launched in 2004. Over the past 15 years, they have committed themselves to publishing only the most interesting books and writers. The small yet dedicated press has ensured it finds material that compels you to think and provokes discussion. Sports, health, food, travel, fiction, education, games, and fitness are some of their preferred categories. Blue River Press is always looking for their next writer or author. If you have a knack for writing non-fiction in a comprehensive yet intriguing way, then this is the publisher for you. Email a query for submission at this address.
Peggy Tierney established Tanglewood Books in 2003 to pursue her passion of seeking new, interesting books and writers. The former book editor knew that children, middle graders and young adults need challenging, imaginative books at their age. Her experience and belies pushed her to start this company that has been one of the best Young Adult publishers in the country. The quirky, the emotional and the witty, smart books and writers have propelled this Indianapolis situated publisher to the top of the ladder. At present they are making a conscious effort to publish diverse authors from all backgrounds. This makes for layered stories with relevant experiences. Authors and writers of middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, biography, and fantasy can send their manuscripts for review. Find the submission guidelines and contact details on this page.
As the press of one of the most prestigious Universities in the country, it has more than kept up the legacy. Purdue University Press was founded in 1960 as Purdue University Studies. The name and the location may have changed but the persistence and dedication remains the same. Authors, writers, professionals, scholars, intellectuals, and experts come from all over the country to collaborate with this publisher. Currently they publish an exclusive number of books, about 25 annually. Their insistence on quality over quantity has raised the bar very high for prospective authors or writers. Located on campus, it is also a resource for faculty and students interested in getting their material or research printed and published. Previously published topics include science, health, veterinary studies, engineering, technology, history, public policy, education, business, agriculture, and Indiana. Please follow the instructions before sending a proposal.
Started in 1865 as Ave Maria Magazine, it was established by Revered Edward Sorin. This learned priest and thinker was also the founder of the University of Notre Dame. The purpose of this magazine was to celebrate the Christian faith. Reverend Sorin wished to elaborate the intricacies of the Catholic institutions, customs, and traditions. It became the most renowned English-language Catholic magazine in the world. The magazine and Revered Sorin ventured into book publishing to remain in the publishing business. Catholic writers, Christian authors, believers, and members of the Catholic Church were chosen to spread the message. Located in Notre Dame, they only print and publish spiritual, Catholic Church, history, marriage, prayer, relationships, grief, healing, and personal loss works. Your story needs to have a direct link to the Catholic faith. Read the submission guidelines before sending a manuscript.
An imprint of Ten West Publishing, they are a boutique publisher in Indianapolis. While their forte is romance, they are also expanding their Young Adult titles list. Sweet, innocent, simple romance that sweeps you off your feet is something they absolutely love. Mystery, science fiction, thriller, young adult, and suspense are other genres they would like to explore and print. Send a query letter along with your manuscript to be considered. A cover letter explaining why your book is amazing, word count, brief synopsis, personal bio and contact details need to be included in the email. Attach your manuscript as an attachment in the .doc, .docx or RTF style. They only accept manuscripts of 15,000 words and above.
This small and independent press was primarily formed to support local authors. Its resounding success has shown that authors in the Midwest need a channel for their ideas and stories. They have not diverged from their path and continue to focus on local, regional literature. Stories about the Midwest, its culture, its history, its glorious past and present have been extensively covered by Cave Hollow Press. Located in Warrensburg, they are now looking for an adult novel about the Midwest or written by a local author. The genre can be anything as long as it resonates with the readers. Provide a description of the work, a personal bio and the first 25 pages of your book. You can send them via email or post.
In 2007, Miraclaire was formed to support the countless authors and writers who need help in every stage of publishing. The traditional publisher merged conventional practices with their modern philosophy. Authors and writers who work with them have an impeccable team of experts guiding them at each step. Collaborating, editing, proofreading, formatting, publishing, marketing, sales, and promotions are handled effectively and easily by their company. Fiction, non-fiction, history, humor, culture, romance, short stories, poetry, drama, politics, and inspirational are some of the topics they have worked on. Use their online form to submit your manuscript. The publisher is situated in Kansas City.
Jim Andrews and John McMeel co-founded Andrews McMeel Universal in 1970. The goal and mission of the company was to create a way for artists, creators, writers, thinkers, and entertainers to share their stories. Through this media company, the Andrews McMeel Publishing division was created. Decades have gone by and their dedication has been unwavering to printing the funniest, wittiest, quirkiest books in the market. Conventional wisdom has merged wonderfully with modern thinking to bring some of the biggest influencers and social media stars to their team. They have a strong interest in printing sharp comics, funny novels, and intense poems. You will definitely find the country’s best selling books in their title list. Writers of poems, comics, humor, cooking, food, pop culture, and teen books can send their manuscripts for consideration. Find the guidelines for the Kansas City based publisher here.
The University of Nebraska Press has been the bastion of intelligent, thoughtful literature in the Midwest. It was launched in 1941 and prints approximately 150 books in a year. They make it their mission to pick the smartest, sharpest minds in the business. They have 4 imprints- Nebraska, Bison Books, The Jewish Publication Society, Potomac Books, and The Backwaters Press. All of these imprints focus on various genres and categories. Between them they have managed to capture all the readers and audiences in the region. It also boasts the reputation of being the largest and most diversified University Press between Chicago and California. They are looking for works in subjects such as Jewish history, World affairs, Bible, History, Media Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Food, Military History, and Nebraska. Writers and authors will have to query the specific acquiring editor from this list. Read the submission guidelines and find the contact details on this page.
The small and traditional publishing house was founded in 1998. It has maintained its integrity and interest in publishing children’s literature. Touching, real stories about issues that affect children and families are a topic close to their heart. They love exploring the nuances of the mother-child relationship and embracing its warmth. The publisher is located in Ann Arbor and has had bestsellers consistently in their ranks. Sleeping Bear Press only accepts electronic submissions. The subject of your email should read ‘New Submission’, the title of your work, fiction/non-fiction and subject. In the body of the email, paste a cover letter, a personal bio and a brief synopsis of your manuscript. Direct your email to this address.
13. Pioneers Press
The edgy, unconventional press is perfect if you are an out-of-the box writer. Based in Ann Arbor, Pioneers Press prides itself on pushing the boundaries. Jessie Duke formed this company in 2012 after having 15 years of experience as a publishing professional. The eccentric, small and environment friendly publisher believes in sustainability, healthy living, and challenging the status quo. They have a unique publishing and distribution model so read their website carefully before submitting a manuscript. Ideas about DIY, cruelty free living, fiction, and how-to guides are embraced by this company. Find the submission form here.
True to their name, this publisher is all about epic, sweeping romance and love stories. Situated in Madison, they select books with strong characters, engaging storylines, and gripping plots. Thrillers, romance, love stories, suspense, and period dramas are some other genres they have printed in the past. You can use their online submission form to send a manuscript.
The esteemed University Press was formed in 1936. From that time, it has printed 3000 titles and continues to work tirelessly towards the excellence of publishing. The books, journals and materials are selected after careful review and consideration. It is one of the few presses in the country to publish academic journals. They publish 9 peer-reviewed academic journals in various subjects. The subjects and topics they print include fiction, biography, Jewish studies, history, fishing, food, photography, film studies, travel, environmental studies, literary criticism, and poetry. You can submit a proposal or query after reading the instructions here.
Robert W. Parkinson established Research Press Publishers in 1968. The goal of the company was to print and publish effective, helpful resources for mental and personal health. Experts, medical practitioners, scholars, psychologists and professionals have contributed to writing comprehensive materials and books for them. As they developed, they started to print material about youth learning and children. They want to publish books in categories such as diversity, motivation, social skills, bullying prevention, behavior management, counseling textbooks, and grief counseling. You can send your manuscripts to the Champaign based company after reading the guidelines.
In 1950, the North Dakota State University Press was established. The primary aim of this press was to disseminate education, learning and information through books and journals. They have played a vital role in shaping the region and state’s literature and publishing history. Academic works, journals, non-fiction, and educational material. You can peruse their catalog to get an idea of what they will accept. The submission guidelines are found here for prospective authors and writers.
18. Holy Cow!Press
Jim Perlman created the quirkily named Holy Cow! Press in 1977. He wanted to find the most talented, unique writers and authors in the Midwest and print their stories. The company remains a staunch champion of local and regional authors till date. Short stories, memoirs, poetry, children’s books, plays, biographies, young adult books, and novels are the genres they like and accept. The independent publisher is located in Duluth. You can find the submission guidelines available here.
19. Fortress Press
A publisher with a niche, Fortress Press is situated in Minneapolis. They print books that merge religion with real life topics and education. Religious scholarship is a genre they prefer and have mastered beautifully. Educational materials, books, journals, and resources are printed for seminary or professionals in the religious sector. Fortress wants authors and writers who force readers to delve deeper into theology and the Christian faith. You can find the submission guidelines and contact details on this page.
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Shikha Pandey is a creative, content and script writer based in Mumbai, India.