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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The University of South Carolina Press publishes original works of outstanding scholarship in print and digital formats in the fields of southern history, African American studies, civil rights, rhetoric and communication, and literary studies. The Press also publishes a dynamic list of nonfiction regional general interest titles addressing South Carolina and the American South.

Our publications vary in length and purpose, from digital shorts to introductions to scholarly research monographs. We also publish reference works. These offerings appeal to a range of audiences, including scholars and students and the general public. All projects undergo rigorous external peer review and must be approved by the Press Committee before publication.

To have a project considered by the Press, please submit a book proposal as a Word document attached to an email. It should include the following:

  1. A cover letter that briefly describes the work: title, scope, purpose, readership, course adoption potential, comparable publications, preliminary bibliography, projected word count, and projected date of completion. Explain what makes this work an original or otherwise compelling contribution to your field, and why you are the appropriate person to write such a work. Also explain how the work fits into the Press's publishing list, and if it should be considered for a particular series. In addition, indicate if any parts of the work have been previously published.
  2. A table of contents, preferably with brief descriptions of each part and/or chapter.
  3. A list of images and illustrations, if those are planned. (Note that authors are required to secure permissions for all images and illustrations.)
  4. For partial or complete manuscripts, submit two representative chapters; do not submit the complete manuscript.
  5. A list of three scholars in your field competent to review your manuscript (do not include current or former colleagues or dissertation committee members). Include email addresses and affiliations and note if any have already read the work.
  6. A current CV or résumé.

We will accept submissions only via email; we do not accept paper submissions. Submissions in the fields of southern history, African American studies, and civil rights should be sent to Ehren Foley, PhD: foleyek@email.sc.edu; those involving literary studies, rhetoric and communications, and regional interest should be sent to Aurora Bell: aurorab@mailbox.sc.edu. If you are not sure whether your project is an appropriate fit for the Press, send a brief email inquiry to the editor whose remit best aligns with your book. Please allow four to six weeks for the Press to respond to your proposal.

Note that the Press no longer publishes poetry, children's books, fiction, or Festschriften.

We thank you for your interest in the University of South Carolina Press, and we look forward to hearing from you.

 
 

 


 
 

 
 
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