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About the Series

Who We Are and What We Publish

The CMICH Press Summit Series is a not-for-profit publisher of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction books. We select the books using a careful process of review by Press staff and an editorial board.

Each year, we publish one book representing a distinct focus: fiction by Michigan authors, for example, or poetry from Midwest writers. The focus changes each year.


Director: Matthew Roberson (
Press Assistant: Megan Stevens (

Business Office

Finance & Operations Manager: Micki Christiansen (

Contact and Location

CMICH Press, Summit Series
Anspach 215
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Telephone: 989-774-3171

CMICH Press Summit Series Editorial Board

The CMICH Summit Series Editorial Board is comprised of CMU faculty and authors from throughout the United States. Board members review reports on and samples of projects submitted for publication consideration.

Editorial Board Members 2023-2024

Steven Bailey, English: Creative Nonfiction
Jeffrey Bean, English: Poetry
Darrin Doyle, English: Fiction
Robert Fanning, English: Poetry
Matthew Roberson, English: Fiction

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When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number or credit card information. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information above.

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Each year, the Summit Series of the CMICH Press will conduct one contest guided by a changing theme/focus. The winner of the annual contest will have their submission published by CMICH Press.

The first annual Summit Series contest will accept book-length submissions of fiction. The contest is open to writers who are from, have lived in, or live in Michigan. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. AI authored manuscripts are not allowed. To avoid conflict of interest, employees and Board members of CMICH Press, as well as former or current students or close friends of the final judge, are not eligible to enter.


The Prize includes publication by the CMICH Press Summit Series. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, CMICH Press reserves the right not to award a prize.


Finalists for the CMICH Press Summit Series annual prize will be chosen by the Summit Series Editorial Board. The winning manuscript will be chosen from the finalists by our final judge. Selection criteria will be consistent with the focus of the annual series contest; in 2024, the focus is Michigan writers of fiction.

The final judge for the 2024 contest is TBD.


Submissions for the 2024 contest are now open! They will close at midnight on January 1, 2024. Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length directly to Electronic submissions only.

The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF.

Please include a separate cover letter, including a brief biography and your name and contact information.

Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee.

You can pay your $25 submission fee in the CMich Press webstore.

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