Future Plans for Truman State University Press

posted Nov. 7, 2017

In light of significant financial challenges for public higher education institutions in the State of Missouri, including continuing cuts to core appropriations, Truman State University Press and the administration of Truman State University have determined that the Press needs to make significant changes to its publication program. The most substantial change is that TSUP will no longer publish scholarly books.

In making this decision, Press staff, working closely with members of the University’s administration, consulted with the TSUP editorial board, series editors, former TSUP directors, and colleagues in the Association of American University Presses. In exploring our options, we focused on our obligation to preserve and promote the good work of scholarly authors who have published with us, while understanding the need to narrow our focus to accommodate budget restrictions.

TSUP’s Early Modern Studies series (formerly Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies) is being moved to Penn State University Press, which, effective January 1, 2018, will distribute backlist titles that are still in print. PSUP will continue to use the existing EMS editorial board and EMS logo for a period of time. The TSUP website will direct buyers to the PSUP website to make purchases, and PSUP will acknowledge that the books were originally published by TSUP.

The Peter Martyr Library, published by TSUP in conjunction with the Peter Martyr Society, will be taken over by The Davenant Institute, which sponsors historical scholarship on Reformation theology. In 2016, the Peter Martyr Society became part of The Davenant Institute.

TSUP will discontinue publications in the areas of American Midwest, American history, and regional studies, but will continue to market and distribute already published books for as long as the market demands. Additional titles in the Notable Missourians series of biographies for young readers will be published as funding becomes available. A program has been set up to allow schools and libraries to get a free set of the 2014 Notable Missourians for every $100 donated to the project.

TSUP is also working with its authors and with Truman’s Pickler Memorial Library to develop an online repository of the Press’s out-of-print titles, making scholarship easily and freely available to a broad audience throughout the world.

TSUP’s literary publications include Chariton Review, a bi-annual literary journal featuring short fiction, essays, poetry, and book reviews; Young Voices of Missouri, an annual special issue of Chariton Review featuring the work of high school students in Missouri; the Contemporary Nonfiction series, which features selected essay collections and memoirs; and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, an annual prize for a book-length poetry manuscript. Chariton Review and Young Voices of Missouri will continue without interruption at this time. The T. S. Eliot Prize is not being held in 2018 while the Press reorganizes. Potential manuscripts for the Contemporary Nonfiction series will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

TSUP will be initiating a fundraising campaign to build up the Schnucker-Presley Publishing Fund, with the goal to support future literary publications.

If you have any questions, please contact the Press at tsup@truman.edu.