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Submitting Proposals for Publication Consideration

Cornell University Press fosters a culture of broad and sustained inquiry through the publication of scholarship that is influential, of lasting significance, and engaged with a diverse range of voices and experiences. Prospective authors are encouraged to consider whether their work attends appropriately to marginalized scholarship. Manuscripts that discuss marginalized groups should do so responsibly.

Before getting started, we strongly encourage you to read this helpful guide from the Association of University Presses featuring answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about publishing.

For initial submissions, please send a proposal describing your project, an annotated table of contents, one sample chapter, and a copy of your C.V. or resume. Your proposal should be no longer than ten single-spaced pages and also include the length of the proposed manuscript (in the number of words) and the size and nature of the intended illustration program. Cornell University Press accepts proposals that have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere; we do not accept manuscripts under formal consideration with another publisher.

Familiarity with Cornell’s list is recommended before submitting a book proposal. We do not publish books outside the areas listed in the contact information for our acquisitions editors. Please send your proposal and any accompanying materials to the relevant acquisitions editor via email.

While we welcome your submissions, we cannot be responsible for any unsolicited manuscripts, photos, or artwork. It is not our policy to return proposals; please do not send originals. Note that due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond to your inquiry.

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