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Submission Guidelines

Cornerstone Press seeks book-length manuscripts in any genre and makes publishing decisions based on the clarity of thought and the marketability of the manuscripts submitted. We read and evaluate manuscripts throughout the year and publish approximately 30 titles per year in our Legacy Series (short fiction), Portage Poetry Series (poetry), and Back Home Series (creative nonfiction). Cornerstone Press strives to support diverse investigations into and experiences with the Midwest. In particular, we encourage writers of underrepresented communities to submit their work for consideration in all series.

Cornerstone Press Submission Guidelines*

*Note: We will only consider manuscripts sent digitally. 

When submitting a manuscript for consideration by Cornerstone Press, please include the following items:

Submit the cover letter, synopsis, and manuscript digitally to:

Additional Guidelines:

Cornerstone Press typically focuses on up-and-coming regional authors, but we are open to all original, well-written, and polished submissions. We edit using the Chicago Manual of Style, so please keep this format in mind when submitting a manuscript. If your manuscript is accepted by another publisher, please inform us via email. We look forward to reading your work. You may contact us at

“It was wonderful to have extended conversations with those involved with the editing and production of the book. They raised good questions and explored various answers.”
Poet Margaret Rozga, “Holding My Selves Together: New and Selected Poems”