Submission Guidelines

Book Proposal Guidelines

The University Press of Kansas welcomes proposals via e-mail, but not attached partial or complete manuscripts. Please send your query to the appropriate acquisitions editor (see below).

Your proposal should contain the following elements:

  1. Overview: Subject, argument, research
  2. Core Contribution: what’s unique, significant, exciting?
  3. Comparison to other works in the field
  4. Intended audience
  5. Length of work (preferably in words) and number and type of illustrations
  6. Annotated table of contents
  7. Status of proposed work and timeline for completion
  8. Bio or CV

Acquisitions Editors

Joyce Harrison, Editor in Chief
Military history and intelligence studies, Kansas and regional studies

Joyce Harrison oversees the Press’s publishing programs in military and intelligence studies, including the Modern War Studies series. Joyce has acquired books in U.S. history, military history, Civil War studies, and other fields during her publishing career, most recently with the Kent State University Press and the University Press of Kentucky. She is a native of Baltimore, and has an M.A. in musicology from the Eastman School of Music.

David Congdon, Senior Editor
Political science and law; Western history; Native American and Indigenous studies; environmental studies; American studies; Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia series; 

David Congdon oversees the Press’s publishing programs in political science, American political thought, presidential studies, public policy, law, and legal studies. He is also the Press’s contact for the Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia series. David has acquired books in religion, history, psychology, and the sciences in his previous editorial work with InterVarsity Press. He has a B.A. in English from Wheaton College and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Instructions for Authors Under Contract

Use the following guidelines and checklists as you prepare to submit your manuscript.