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Book Submissions

What to Submit

If you wish to submit a book project, please write to one of our acquisitions editors by e-mail, briefly introducing your work in the body of the message and attaching your proposal and curriculum vitae. We also welcome a sample chapter, but please do not send us your complete manuscript until we ask you to do so.

A good proposal will include an accessible overview of the work, a chapter-by-chapter summary, an account of your book’s relationship to comparable or competing works, your assessment of your book’s audience, and practical details including length, number of illustrations, and the status of the work. Most book proposals are 5-10 single-spaced pages long. For suggestions on proposals and other elements of a submission, we highly recommend chapter 5 of William Germano’s Getting It Published.

If you are not sure which editor should consider your work, write to our editorial director. Please do not send your submission to more than one editor. Profiles of our acquisitions editors and editorial director, with e-mail addresses, are at the link above.

What We Publish and What We Don’t

Our editorial program is focused on certain strengths, and the fields in which we’re currently publishing are listed with our acquisitions editor’s profiles. We do not normally consider unrevised dissertations, and we do not publish Festschriften. We publish literature in translation and occasionally reprint works of fiction, but we do not consider works of original fiction. We publish contemporary poetry through our Phoenix Poets series, which is open to submissions during the month of October. 

Unsolicited Material

We cannot be responsible for any unsolicited manuscripts, photos, or artwork, and it is not our policy to return such materials. If you are invited to submit materials by post, please send them to the relevant editor at The University of Chicago Press, 1427 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 USA. See the list of our acquisitions editors for e-mail addresses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My work is interdisciplinary and should interest several of your editors. May I write to more than editor?

A. Please write only to one editor. If an editor thinks that your project would be more suited to a colleague, he or she will forward it. If you are uncertain who is the most likely editor to be interested in your work, please send your proposal to our editorial director.

Q. How long should I expect to wait for a response to my initial submission?

A. You may hear from us very quickly, but you should expect to hear in three to four weeks. If you have not heard within a month from the editor to whom you submitted your project, feel free to send a follow-up query by e-mail.

Q. If you invite my project for formal consideration, what can I expect?

A. Please see our Publishing with Chicago page for information on peer review and other parts of our process.

Q. Do you publish Open Access?

A. We are happy to consider Open Access publication on a case-by-case basis. Further information can be found here.

Q. If you aren’t publishing original fiction, what explains all the fiction I see on your list?

A. We publish fiction in two categories: First, classic novels that have been published first elsewhere (and usually have gone out of print), as in the works of Anthony Powell, Richard Stark, Paul Scott, and Leon Forrest. Second, fiction in translation, as in works by Thomas Bernhard, Jurek Becker, and Marguerite Yourcenar. Currently we are not considering original fiction.

Q. What is your policy on considering poetry manuscripts?

A. Our Phoenix Poets series is open to submissions during the month of October, and at present we are not considering contemporary poetry outside the context of the series.

Q. Do you issue reprints or revised editions of older books?

A. Yes, we often consider such projects. If we can obtain paperback and e-book rights, and identify a continuing readership for a book, and if the project meets with approval from our faculty Board of Publications, we reprint books in all the fields we publish in except poetry. Contact our reprints editor, David B. Olsen (dbolsen@uchicago.edu).

Q. I want to ask about distribution on behalf of my institution or publishing house. Whom should I contact?

A. Please contact our marketing director, Levi Stahl (levi@uchicago.edu).

 

Prospective authors are encouraged to consult:

 
Getting It Published, 3rd Edition

Getting It Published, 3rd Edition

A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books

William P. Germano

April 2016

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