Middle West Press LLC is a Johnston, Iowa-based editor and publisher of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and journalism. We publish from 1 to 4 titles annually.

Our projects are often inspired by the people, places, and history of the American Midwest.

For examples of our past publishing successes, visit us here at our books page.

We are also managers of The Aiming Circle community of military-writing practitioners.
Independent publisher Middle West Press LLC, in partnership with Military Writers Guild, seeks 750- to 2,000-word personal, creative, craft, and/or research essays for a 200+ page trade paperback anthology to be published in September 2018.

The working title and theme of the anthology is “Why We Write,” and will regard how individual military-writing practitioners promote professional and/or popular discourse, while engaging audiences and creating communities through military topics, themes, milieu, or history.

Established in 2015, Military Writers Guild is an international group of writers who “advocate, collaborate, and promote” military writing in all its forms, including literary and genre fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, and more. “MWG's mission has always been about fostering high-quality writing about the military and war in whatever form a writer might practice. But just as important is critically thinking and talking about the craft itself. By working with Middle West Press in the solicitation and promotion of this anthology project, we hope to advance in both of those goals," says Adin Dobkin, the recently elected president of the Military Writers Guild.

Middle West Press LLC is an independent micro-press that publishes from 1 to 4 books annually, with international distribution via on-line booksellers and select bookstores. It has previously published “Reporting for Duty” (2016), a 668-page collection of text and photo journalism from the 2010-2011 Afghan Surge; and two books of 21st century war poetry, “Welcome to FOB Haiku” (2015) by Randy Brown and “Hugging This Rock” (2017) by Eric Chandler. Brown and Chandler are each members of the Military Writers Guild.
Editors of the anthology seek both new and previously published work. Authors must validate that they hold copyrights to the work(s) submitted.

The publisher will request non-exclusive worldwide print and digital rights for the anthology, along with sufficient rights for the Military Writers Guild to feature and/or excerpt selected work on the organization's website and social media. Please indicate in cover letter any previous published appearance(s), whether in print or on-line, of a submitted work. A signed copyright agreement will be required for publication.

Contributors will receive compensation in the form of one contributor’s copy each (print or e-book).
Manuscripts should be Microsoft Word (.DOC) format; double-spaced; 12-point Times New Roman. Photographs, diagrams, and other artwork can be placed into the file.
Manuscripts should include name, postal address, and e-mail in a cover letter or page. Avoid placing information identifying the author on other pages.
Contributors should include 75-word biographical statement, written in third-person, in cover letter.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but editors request notification if a submission is later selected to appear elsewhere.
Submissions to this anthology likely to be successful include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussions of research, writing, and/or publishing as a craft, particularly in a given genre or mode of communication. Examples: Military science-fiction; poetry; speech writing; blogging; professional & academic journals; etc.
  • Descriptions of concrete techniques in researching, writing, reading, and publishing that may be used by other military writers. Examples: Translating military jargon for poetry audiences; How to realistically depict diversity in the ranks.
  • Discussions of mutual gaps in understanding among civil and military communities, and ways to address the through the practice and performance of written work.
  • Explorations of historically notable military writers and/or texts. While Sun Tzu, Homer, and Clausewitz will, no doubt, be present in the anthology, the anthology's editors encourage consideration of voices and works less frequently cited.
  • Analysis of trends or sub-genres in "military writing," such as military-spouse blogs; "space marine" epics; military thrillers; poems about drones; comic books and cartoons about military life, etc.
  • Stories of success (or failure) illustrating mentorship, professional development, and/or personal growth in the practice of military writing.
Ends on June 1, 2018
Middle West Press LLC seeks poetry manuscripts by a single author, comprising 50 to 100 poems each, for potential publication in 2018.

Reading period ends June 1, 2018.

Middle West Press is a Johnston, Iowa-based editor and publisher of non-fiction, fiction, journalism, and poetry. Our projects are often inspired by the people, places, and history of the American Midwest. Our book titles are available for sale in print and e-book editions via on-line retailers, and via select independent and museum bookstores.

We publish from 1 to 4 titles annually, and have plans to make at least one of these a collection of poetry that informs and illuminates the American Midwest.

We have previously published two poetry collections—each of which notably explored, at least partially, themes of national service during wartime. While we look forward to continue to explore such themes—indeed, we are particularly interested in publishing work from women veterans—we are equally motivated by any work that helps renew and revise the milieu of the Middle West as a growing, changing, modern place.

Our informal rule-of-thumb is that the modern states carved from the Louisiana Purchase, west of the Mississippi River and east of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, safely define our playground. The Middle West is a moveable feast, however. We recognize that the Middle West includes themes, characters, and geographies that cannot be contained by mere borders. In fact, the Middle West may be most apparent in places where it is not.

Whether you are from here or live here—or just adhere to a particularly Midwestern sensibility—we would love to read your work!

Please submit Microsoft Word (.DOC) files; Times New Roman, 12 point type.

Each poem should be presented on its own page.

We currently offer both a no-fee and reading-fee option for submission. We consider submissions generated by each equally, and on a similar (4 to 12 weeks) schedule.

The $50 reading-fee option generates for the submitting author a written critique of the work, potentially covering both editorial and marketing possibilities for the work, regardless of whether Middle West Press selects the work for publication.