Submit Your Profile

To submit your new writer profile, or send us modifications to an existing profile, please complete the form below. We make every effort to post new profiles & existing profile modifications within a week of receiving submissions.

Questions should be directed to Projects & Programs Coordinator Hannah Perry: perry@mainewriters.org.

INSTRUCTIONS

As a writer, we know that you value the written word. So out of respect for those who wrote the following words, please read them carefully and follow all instructions. Thank you!

  1. Submission Errors: If you encounter an error when submitting your profile, it is most likely a browser-related issue. For this reason, try clearing your brower cache and/or history, reloading the submission-form page, and trying again. To avoid losing any work, we strongly recommend that writers prepare their biographies in a separate file (such as a Word document) and then cut and paste in the text.
  2. Third Person: The MWPA strongly recommends that all writer profiles and bios be written in the third person. When writing for the web, keywords (such as your last name, the titles of your books, etc.) are vitally important—without keywords, search engines can't find you online. People don't search for "I" or "my," for example, they search for terms like "Leo Tolstoy" and "War and Peace."
  3. Required Fields: Make sure you fill in all *REQUIRED fields or your submission will not be accepted by the system.
  4. Terms and Conditions: Before joining, you will need to read and accept our terms and conditions, which include important information you need to know.
  5. Audience Perception: Before you begin, consider how your profile will be perceived. For example, writers who include every minor career honor and achievement in their biographies often come off as desperate or even unqualified—the exact opposite of what they intend. The best professional biographies are not strained or overreaching; they display an appropriate balance between humility and confidence.
  6. Profile Modifications: When submitting modifications to an existing profile, send only the information or images that need to be changed (along with the *REQUIRED fields).
  7. Editing and Accuracy: Proofread all information multiple times to make sure that your profile is grammatically correct, factually accurate, and free of typos. And make sure all website addresses are complete and the sites they link to are working. Except for your website and social media links, please embed all links within your bio, rather than listing them. Correct example: Colson Whitehead's new novel received a favorable review at the New York Times
  8. Category Selection: When selecting a genre or category, writers should select all that apply. For example, if you are a fiction writer who has published a literary novel, a fantasy novel, a memoir, a collection of nonfiction essays, and several short stories in various publications, you could select Anthology, Fiction, Memoir, Short Fiction, Short Nonfiction, and Speculative Fiction. If it applies to your published work, select it; if not, do not select it. For more detailed guidance, see our Category Guide.
  9. Word Count: Please limit all profiles to the maximum allowed word count: 375 words.
  10. Image Submission: Make sure your images are high resolution, in focus, and not warped or distorted to ensure a professional presentation. Only .jpg and .png file formats will be accepted by the system. All images should be cropped to 600 x 900 pixels (horizontal/vertical dimensions), and the file names should follow the format described on the submission form.
  11. Writer Contribution: The MWPA is not a publishing house, marketing firm, photography studio, or IT company, and we do not have the capacity to provide technical support to participating writers—so we need your assistance to ensure that your profile is professionally presented. The MWPA strongly enourages writers to take as much responsibility as they can over their own self-promotion, which often includes learning new skills—whether its social media, website management, or basic image editing—or asking friends, family members, and colleagues for their help and expertise.
  12. Membership Payment: If you are a current member at a level below $55, questions related to increasing your membership level are addressed HERE.

General Questions
All questions should be directed to Projects & Programs Coordinator Hannah Perry: perry@mainewriters.org.

 

SUBMISSION FORM

Indicate whether you are submitting a new or modified profile. *When submitting changes, new images, or different website addresses, only send the new or modified content.

*REQUIRED: Your name spelled the way you want it presented on the website.

Please submit a high-resolution digital .jpg or .png image cropped to 600 x 900 pixels (horizontal/vertical dimensions). Only images cropped to the required dimensions will be accepted. Your file name should follow this specific format: FirstName_LastName. Remove any apostrophes or other special characters. For example: Leo_Tolstoy.jpg.

Select one book cover you want to display, such as your most recently published book. If you have not yet published a book, you can skip this step. *Please submit a high-resolution digital .jpg or .png image cropped to 600 x 900 pixels (horizontal/vertical dimensions). Only images cropped to the required dimensions will be accepted. Your image file name should follow this specific format: book_title_author_name. (Letters or numbers only, no special characters.) For example: War_and_Peace_Leo_Tolstoy.jpg.

Your biography cannot exceed 375 words. It should feature your published works, awards, education, and major professional achievements. *NOTE: The MWPA will italicize titles as needed and edit the text for basic stylistic consistency (we follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition). We also recommend that you compose your biography in a separate program, then paste in the text to avoid losing your work in the event of a glitch or lost internet connection.

Your author/writer website address. Please use the following format: www.yourauthorsite.com.

The email address you use for fans and professional business.

Social Media

Include relevant links to your social-media profiles used for fans, followers, and professional business.

Writing Categories

Requirements