Prospective Authors

If you are interested in publishing with the University of Washington Press, please send us a book proposal that includes these materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Description of your project: its scope, purpose, and contribution
  • Chapter outline
  • Audience and list of competing titles
  • Word count, including notes and bibliography
  • Number and type of illustrations, if any (e.g., black and white, color, maps, tables)
  • Timeline for completion
  • Description of previously published material, if any
  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé with complete contact information
  • Sample chapter(s)


We welcome your proposal in hard copy or by email. Please see our staff directory and send your proposal to only one acquisitions editor; if you are not sure which editor to address, send your proposal to the editor in chief.


UW Press does not publish unrevised dissertations, but we do consider book projects that may have their origins in dissertation research. These manuscripts should be recast for a broader audience and streamlined in their approach to the material, with excess documentation and literature reviews eliminated. A number of books offer excellent advice for revising dissertations, including From Dissertation to Book, 2nd edition, by William Germano (University of Chicago Press, 2013), and Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors, updated edition, edited by Beth Luey (University of California Press, 2007).


While we primarily publish academic and general interest titles written by a single author, we do publish a limited number of edited volumes. If your manuscript is an edited volume, please include a list of contributors and their affiliations with your proposal materials.


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