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Publish and Thrive Challenge

Welcome to the Publish and Thrive Challenge!

This Challenge invites participants to consider ways to Publish and Thrive (rather than Publish or Perish), with ideas and insights from librarians, faculty, students, and staff from UMaine and beyond. Each day, for five days, you will engage with brief tasks designed to build your publishing acumen (and confidence!). You'll identify venues to publish and present your work, explore the process of responding to calls for proposals in both academic and popular presses, examine your rights as an author, and increase the overall visibility of your work. You’ll also have an opportunity to share your own insights and experiences with other participants, and hear from UMaine faculty, graduate students, and local authors, all of whom are publishing and presenting across a wide range of disciplines and genres.

Activities are presented as daily "challenges" that participants might accomplish over the course of one week. However, each activity stands alone and can be completed separately from the others and at a time that is convenient for you.


This challenge was designed by Jen Bonnet, former Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Librarian, with consultation and input from Paige Mitchell, Director of the Writing Center.

The University of Maine recognizes that it is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation, where issues of water and territorial rights, and encroachment upon sacred sites, are ongoing. Penobscot homeland is connected to the other Wabanaki Tribal Nations — the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Micmac — through kinship, alliances and diplomacy. The university also recognizes that the Penobscot Nation and the other Wabanaki Tribal Nations are distinct, sovereign, legal and political entities with their own powers of self-governance and self-determination.

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