Submitting Book Proposals

General Guidelines

Authors proposing a manuscript for publication should submit the following:

  • project proposal: summary of project, intended audience, competing works, scope and length of manuscript
  • background information on the author, including other publications
  • contact information, including e-mail address if available
  • table of contents or chapter summaries, and at least two sample chapters OR full manuscript
  • samples of images (if integral to manuscript) with a brief description and information on their availability

Proposals may be submitted either electronically or by mail to the appropriate contact below. Proposals will be reviewed in a timely fashion and authors will be contacted if we wish to have the entire manuscript formally reviewed. If we request a full manuscript for peer review, the author’s name should not appear on any page but the title page.

Please do not make simultaneous submissions to other presses while the manuscript is in our review process. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have the materials returned in the event TSUP declines to publish the manuscript.

American Midwest series /American history

Jon Taylor PhD
Professor of History
University of Central Missouri

Early Modern Studies

Michael Wolfe, Ph.D.
Dean, Div. of Social Sciences
Queens College

American history, Contemporary Nonfiction, and other

Barbara Smith-Mandell
Interim Director & Acquisitions Editor
Truman State University Press


TSUP is currently not accepting unsolicited poetry manuscripts. You may submit your manuscript to the ongoing T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry by October 31 of any year. Please see the competition guidelines.

Book Manuscript Review

All proposals are internally reviewed and if a project is appropriate for our list, TSUP will find an expert in the field to review the entire manuscript. This process usually takes several months; reviewers submit a report about the quality of the manuscript and whether they recommend publishing. Authors receive a summary or a copy of all readers’ reports whether the manuscript is accepted or not. If the reports are positive or mixed, the project is reviewed by the TSUP Editorial Board for approval. Once the board has approved a manuscript, a contract is offered to the author.


All manuscripts accepted for publication undergo careful copyediting for compliance with The Chicago Manual of Style, house style, and copyright requirements. Our editorial staff works with each author to ensure the highest editorial standards. Authors may recommend cover art and images to complement the text, as appropriate. The author has an opportunity to proof the galleys and review the cover design. The production process typically takes ten to twelve months. All books are copyrighted with the Library of Congress.  Like most scholarly publishers, TSUP does not have its own printing facilities, but contracts the printing and binding services with printers in the U.S. Our in-house staff  produces digital editions in all e-reader formats. Our design and production services ensure that each book is well designed with high production and printing standards.