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Support the Press


With the news changing every day we know that your attention is focused on your family and friends. However, if you are fortunate enough to be financially secure despite the current crisis, we ask that you make a donation to support our publishing program. By giving to the Press, you support the Press’s mission to publish high-quality books and make them widely available. If you share our commitment to excellent publishing, please consider the following opportunities.

Buy Our Books

Our books present exceptional scholarship, cover a variety of topics, and they make great gifts! One of the best and most sustainable ways you can support the Press is to buy our books.


BOOKFRIENDS of the University Press of Mississippi supports the activities of UPM by sponsoring programs for its members and the public. The group includes a diverse team of readers, authors, and bibliophiles—all of whom believe in books and who wish to further Mississippi’s literary legacy. A portion of its annual membership dues goes to the UPM endowment to help the Press underwrite special projects. To learn more about the perks of being a BOOKFRIEND, click here.

Sponsor a Book

As a not-for-profit scholarly publisher, University Press of Mississippi produces specialized books that often cannot recover costs through sales alone. Your gift could subsidize our publishing program by defraying the costs of printing and allowing us to market our books at affordable prices. The Press also seeks support for books that demand special editing, design, or marketing. Gifts of $500 or more may be designated to support a single title, and donors will be recognized in the published book.


For a list of current titles in need of support, please contact Director Craig W. Gill.

Contribute to a Fund

The Jane Hiatt Fund for Books in the Arts and Humanities, in Honor of Dr. Wood Hiatt

The Hiatt Fund of the Community Foundation for Mississippi supports works of scholarly merit that meet the high standards of University Press of Mississippi and can be appreciated by a general audience. Books may range from biographies to art history to works on popular culture, but each book will be part of an existing area of interest published by the Press. Funds may be used to offset a variety of costs, including printing, permissions, editing, or other costs as determined by the Press.

Books supported by the Fund include:
New Orleans in Golden Age Postcards
Exposing Mississippi: Eudora Welty's Photographic Reflections


UPM Director’s Fund

Established through a generous donation from BOOKFRIENDS of the University Press of Mississippi, the UPM Director’s Fund provides support to the University Press of Mississippi to underwrite special projects, launch new initiatives, and advance the Press’s mission in an increasingly competitive environment. 


UPM First Author’s Fund

The UPM First Author’s Fund, established through generous gifts from our authors, supports the publication of books by emerging scholars, nontraditional authors, and authors from a wide variety of backgrounds. The UPM First Author’s Fund supports the work of these authors so they can achieve success regardless of their academic status or access to resources. Funds may be used to offset a variety of costs, including printing, permissions, editing, or other costs as determined by the Press.

Books supported by the Fund include:
Mississippi Zion: The Struggle for Liberation in Attala County, 1865–1915
Carnival in Alabama: Marked Bodies and Invented Traditions in Mobile


Contribute to our Endowment

As the only not-for-profit publisher in the state of Mississippi, we are committed to publishing important works on the history and culture of our state and in the areas of African American studies, art and photography, Caribbean studies, comics studies, film studies, folklore, history, literary studies, media studies, music studies, and popular culture. Help us ensure the future of groundbreaking, exceptional scholarship by making a donation today. We welcome gifts of all amounts.


Sponsor a Series

The Press has active series in the areas of African American Studies, Caribbean studies, comics studies, film studies, history, literary studies, media studies, music studies, and more. To view our complete series list, click here. Significant gifts can support a specific series or a whole subject area. If you are interested in supporting a specific series or subject area, please contact Director Craig W. Gill for more information.


Sponsor an Internship

The Press offers internships in its Editorial and Marketing departments. These positions allow students to learn about scholarly and trade book publishing and gain valuable on-the-job experience. Numerous Press interns have secured jobs at top publishing houses and with magazine publishers. An annual gift of $5,000 will fund a named internship.

For more information on sponsoring an internship at University Press of Mississippi, please contact Director Craig W. Gill.

If you prefer to make your gift via check or money order, please make it payable to “University Press of Mississippi," and include a note (or memo on your check) specifying the purpose or designation of your gift.

Other Options

To inquire about other ways to support the Press, please contact Craig W. Gill. We would be delighted to brainstorm or discuss meaningful ways to give a charitable, tax-deductible gift to University Press of Mississippi.

Other ways to support the Press:

Attend Special Events
Attending one of our many book signings and other events is a great opportunity to interact with our authors, staff, and community in a meaningful way that supports the Press’s unique and important mission. Click here for more information on our upcoming events.

Follow Us on Social Media
We can always use a hand spreading the word about the great work the Press does. Share and retweet our posts and invite friends to our events!

Join Our Mailing List
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