Brain Mill Press
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Brain Mill Press publishes around twenty titles a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. BMP also has an online journal, VOICES, which publishes columns and commentary.

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All BMP books are available everywhere books and ebooks are sold, in digital and print formats, including directly from BMP. Digital editions ordered through BMP do not contain DRM. Fine first editions of our titles are only available through BMP.

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For Authors

Brain Mill Press publishes around twenty titles a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. BMP also has an online journal, VOICES, which publishes columns and commentary.

We are primarily interested in submissions from women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ authors. As a “story-first” publisher, we flatten genre distinctions by focusing our production and marketing decisions around what the appeals are in each project. We commission or purchase original art for every cover, pay for innovative and original cover design, and invest in high-quality editing of all titles. BMP titles are internationally distributed in ebook and print editions and available everywhere print books and ebooks are sold.

Royalties and subrights terms are generous for the industry, and all terms are negotiable. We are happy to work with agents or with authors representing themselves.

We open submissions to novelists and poets several times a year through general and specific calls. Our poetry series publishes chapbooks and single-author collections in alternate years. Our novella contest selects two novellas for publication each year. Each press series opens and closes to submissions at the series editor’s discretion.

We also publish essays by writers and artists on VOICES, our online platform. We invite submissions on monthly themes or to our multiauthor columns. We also consider proposals for new columns. Brain Mill Press pays for essay submissions at industry-standard rates. Currently open calls are posted on our submissions page and listed on our Submittable portal.

Learn about our Mineral Point Poetry Series

Learn about our Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest

Learn about our Hellum & Neal Series in LGBTQIA+ Literature

Learn about our Ab Terra Series in International Science Fiction

Learn about our Liminal Comics imprint

Learn about our fiction program supporting authors of color, edited by Vanessa Willoughby

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For Artists

Supporting makers, including artists, is part of our mission at Brain Mill Press. One way we do this is to use original art on all Brain Mill Press covers and to illustrate VOICES, our online journal. We work with photographers, painters, collage artists, illustrators, printmakers, and other 2-D artists to create appealing cover imagery and interior illustrations to represent every story we publish.

Artists who enjoy writing should consider writing a column for Makers on Making, a monthly feature on our online platform that highlights the art process, success, failure, and what we learn from them. Details can be found on our submissions page.

All of the artists whose work we use are featured on our website and in our newsletter, credited in our publications, and compensated financially and retain rights to their work.

Submit art to current open art calls

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All artists are invited to submit portfolio samples for future project consideration via the “Invited Submissions” portal on our Submittable page.

For Agents

Brain Mill Press publishes around twenty titles a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. BMP also has an online journal, VOICES, which publishes columns and commentary.

We are primarily interested in submissions from women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ authors. As a “story-first” publisher, we flatten genre distinctions by focusing our production and marketing decisions around what the appeals are in each project. We commission or purchase original art for every cover, pay for innovative and original cover design, and invest in high-quality editing of all titles. BMP titles are internationally distributed in ebook and print editions and available everywhere print books and ebooks are sold.

Royalties and subrights terms are generous for the industry, and all terms are negotiable.

Agents are welcome to submit their authors’ work at any time during the year to any series, editor, or to the publisher.

We also publish essays by writers and artists on VOICES, our online platform. We invite submissions on monthly themes or to our multiauthor columns. We also consider proposals for new columns. Brain Mill Press pays for essay submissions at industry-standard rates. Currently open calls are posted on our submissions page and listed on our Submittable portal.

Learn about our Mineral Point Poetry Series

Learn about our Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest

Learn about our Hellum & Neal Series in LGBTQIA+ Literature

Learn about our Ab Terra Series in International Science Fiction

Learn about our Liminal Comics imprint

Learn about our fiction program supporting authors of color, edited by Vanessa Willoughby

Browse our catalog

Learn about our editors

Learn about our authors

Learn about our VOICES contributors

Query BMP via contact form

Query BMP via our Invited Submissions portal at Submittable

Join our newsletter list to keep abreast of our latest acquisitions and call announcements

Why Afro YA Matters

“We need diverse books, and we demand them. We demand them, we uplift the authors who write and represent them, and we tell the world about them.” Latonya Pennington’s inagural column for The Afro YA.

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The Portage

“In keeping with Brain Mill’s mission, Portaging hopes to highlight marginalized voices, as well as marginalized forms.”

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Real Girl

Mindy Hung reads Judy Blume’s classic manual of adolescence, ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET.

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Announcing Liminal Comics!

Love Stories for Outcasts, Rebels and Misfits

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Latest Release

If you look for yourself in the past and see nothing, how do you know who you are? How do you know that you are supposed to be here? With sympathy and cutting insight, EE Ottoman offers a tour de force exploration of contemporary trans identity.

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New from BMP

A astonishing debut collection of stories by Karen Vaughn that inspire weird love and uncover surprising caches of eroticism.

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BMP To Publish the Bare Lit '16 Anthology

The anthology, which supports Bare Lit, a UK literary festival focused entirely on writers of colour, will highlight the amazing work being produced by Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic writers.

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Brain MiIll Press
727 S. Jackson St.
Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: (920) 212-1403

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