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Submissions Guidelines

Deciding to Publish with SUNY Press

As an international publisher of academic research, SUNY Press sponsors nationally recognized and growing lists within our areas of scholarly focus in the humanities and social sciences. Through our Excelsior Editions imprint, we also publish books for all readers on the history, culture, society, and environment of New York and its surrounding states, as well as works of general interest related to our areas of scholarly focus.  If you are a prospective author with a book project relevant to our current areas of acquisitions, please follow the guidelines below to submit your work.

How to Submit a Book Proposal

For your initial submission, please send a proposal rather than the complete manuscript, and include the following in your proposal:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement of the purpose, scope, and market for your project
  • Brief abstract (about 150 words)
  • Table of contents
  • Chapter-by-chapter outline
  • Description of any illustrations (figures, tables, photos, etc.)
  • Timeline for completion
  • List of competing titles, if any, or discussion of relevant competing/complementary literature  
  • Indicate any chapters which are previously published, if any
  • Your current curriculum vitae or resume with complete contact information
  • If the work is an edited volume, a list of contributors and their affiliations

Please send an introduction and/or other sample chapter if one is ready and available.
Please do not send a full-length manuscript until invited to do so by one of our Acquisitions Editors.

Please address all of your materials to only one editor listed in our Staff Directory.  This editor will review your materials or pass them on to another editor if appropriate.  Submissions sent by ground mail should be labeled as follows:

[Editor’s name]
SUNY Press
353 Broadway
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246-0001

We make every effort to review proposals in a timely manner.  Because we receive hundreds of book proposals every year, it can take several weeks for us to respond.

Simultaneous Submission Policy

SUNY Press does not review manuscripts currently under review with another publisher.  Once you have been invited by an editor to submit your complete manuscript we ask for exclusive review. For information about our review process and complete instructions on submitting review manuscripts, please see our Manuscript Review Process.

What We Do Not Publish

SUNY Press does not publish unrevised dissertations.  We do, however, consider book proposals that have their origins in dissertation research and are suitably revised.  We recommend The Thesis and the Book: A Guide for First-Time Academic Authors, 2nd edition, edited by Eleanor Harman et al., From Dissertation to Book by William Germano, and Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors, 2nd edition, edited by Beth Luey.