Submissions & Prizes

Please refer to our submission guidelines for information and deadlines.

Submissions to the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize are open from April 1–May 31, 2021. Full details.


Milkweed Fellowship

Applications for the Milkweed Fellowship will be open until March 16, 2020 at midnight. The Milkweed Fellowship is a paid, one- to two-year, learning-oriented position that seeks to provide entry to those historically underrepresented among workers in book publishing—indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and those with disabilities—so they may advance, discover, and champion transformative literature for years to come. Learn more

Internships

Applications to our Summer 2020 internship program close on March 11, 2020; all applicants will be notified by mid-April.

Milkweed Editions, one of the nation’s leading independent book publishers, seeks a Publicist. Our offices are located in the Open Book literary center in downtown Minneapolis. For more information, visit milkweed.org/our-story.

This person will work closely with the Senior Publicist to develop and implement successful publicity campaigns for the 30 books we publish each year, as well as for the Milkweed Editions brand.

The Publicist will be responsible for publicizing our Seedbank series, in addition to assisting the Senior Publicist with all other titles. To that end, we are seeking an individual with a keen and demonstrated interest in environmental/nature literature, literature from around the world, and works in translation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing publicity campaigns, particularly for Seedbank titles and paperback releases
  • Planning, strategizing and managing author tours and all Milkweed events
  • Researching media contacts, social media influencers, alternative media outlets, and literary advocates and building publicity lists accordingly
  • Managing galley production and coordinating review copy mailings
  • Composing effective press releases and other promotional copy
  • Managing award submissions
  • Maintaining publicity data and updating Milkweed’s website and internal documents with new content
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with authors, reviewers, and other literary influencers
  • Collaborating on social media strategy and content production

Ideal candidates will have at least 2-3 years of experience working in book publicity and literary event planning. They are highly organized individuals with strong writing skills, as well as the ability to balance and manage multiple projects at once. Candidates should have a passion for connecting with authors, reviewers, readers, literary advocates, and publishing professionals, as well as the desire to be part of a dynamic team. Candidates should be equally comfortable working with and without supervision to meet goals and think creatively to solve problems.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 2-3 years of experience in book publicity and literary event planning
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for and knowledge of environmental literature, literature from around the world, and works in translation
  • Knowledge of contemporary publishing and the diverse media landscape
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and balance a variety of projects at once
  • Knowledge of InDesign and/or Canva
  • Knowledge of PR database tools and PR data entry
  • Knack for generating social media content

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. Salary: $50,000, depending on experience. We are open to both local and remote applicants.

Please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter addressed to Claire Laine in one combined PDF via Submittable by February 11th, 2022.

Your cover letter should express your interest in this position and how it aligns with your professional and personal goals, as well as an example of a publicity campaign you’ve managed and implemented. Please also highlight how your skills, background, and experience lend themselves to working on environmental literature and our Seedbank series. Please keep your letter to one or two pages maximum. No emails or phone calls, please.

It is the policy of Milkweed Editions to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class recognized by applicable laws.​

Milkweed Editions, one of the nation’s leading independent book publishers, seeks a Warehouse Associate. Our offices are located in the Open Book literary center in downtown Minneapolis. For more information, visit milkweed.org/our-story.

This person will work closely with the Sales & Operations Manager to process and fulfill direct orders, ship institutional mailings, and manage inventory in our on-site book warehouse.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating internal warehouse operations, including technology, mailing inventory, and fulfillment
  • Processing and fulfilling all direct sales, including individual book sales via milkweed.org and invoicing for event and institution bulk orders
  • Overseeing and shipping all mailings across the organization, including publicity and marketing sends, editorial sends, development and membership sends, as well author copies and orders
  • In collaboration with the Sales & Operations Manager, receiving and processing new inventory
  • Maintaining the organization of the warehouse, with an eye toward increasing efficiencies
  • Providing timely and personal customer service to customers, with an eye toward fostering customer relationships and supporting direct-sale initiatives directed by Sales & Operations Manager

Ideal candidates will have experience working in fulfillment with warehouse experience preferred. Candidates must be interested in the packing and shipping of books and be able to keep up with the demands and deadlines of multiple departments. Candidates should be comfortable working alone in the warehouse. We are seeking an individual who is highly organized, driven by efficiency, and interested in the operations and logistics side of literary publishing.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 2-3 years experience working in fulfillment, warehouse experience preferred
  • 3 years customer service experience, whether experience was working retail or in food service
  • Must live in the Twin Cities and have access to reliable transportation
  • Must be able to lift at least 40 pounds and be on their feet for 3-5 hours at a time
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work fast-paced to meet shipping and receiving deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and care for packaging and shipping, as well as creating sales receipts and invoices
  • Interest in warehouse management and upkeep
  • Understanding of the current landscape of logistics and shipping
  • Passion, interest in books, particularly the local literary community

This is a part-time position, 15-20 hours/week at $25/hour.

Please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter addressed to Shannon Blackmer in one combined PDF via Submittable by February 11th, 2022.

Your cover letter should express your interest in this position and how it aligns with your professional and personal goals. Please also highlight how your skills, background, and experience lend themselves to working in a book warehouse with emphasis on your previous fulfillment and customer service experience. Please keep your letter to one or two pages maximum, and please include your desired salary range. No emails or phone calls, please.

It is the policy of Milkweed Editions to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class recognized by applicable laws.​

Because warehouse work is required of this position, individuals must be able to lift at least forty pounds and have reliable transportation into our offices in the Open Book literary center in downtown Minneapolis.

The Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry supports outstanding poets from the upper Midwest and brings their work to a national stage. Formerly known as the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, which was established in 2011, this prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. The winner will selected from a small number of finalists by our independent judge.

2022 Judge: Tyehimba Jess
Submissions Open: January 1–February 15, 2022

Be sure to review the complete eligibility restrictions and manuscript guidelines prior to submitting your work! No identifying information may appear in the document you attach. Milkweed Editions reserves the right to disqualify any entries deemed to jeopardize the integrity of the contest.

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