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Before submitting a proposal, please be sure that we are the appropriate publisher for your work, and follow the guidelines given below. If you have any additional questions please call (814) 865-1327 or send an with the subject line "Manuscript Submission."

What to Include in Your Proposal

  • an abstract or a description of your manuscript (1–2 pages)
  • length of the manuscript in words, including notes and bibliography
  • number and type (color, b/w, maps, tables, etc.) of illustrations, if any
  • date by which the manuscript will be complete
  • the table of contents
  • introduction or a sample chapter
  • a description of the audience or market
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return the materials if we are unable to invite submission of your manuscript.

Editors prefer to receive proposals via the U.S. Postal Service or other mail carrier. If you must transmit a proposal by e-mail, please send a brief e-mail query to the appropriate editor before sending the full proposal.

If your work is a good fit for our list, editors will request a full manuscript only after reviewing a proposal.

Acquiring Editors



Dimyonot: Jews and the Cultural Imagination
Penn State Studies in the History of the Book


Areas: communication studies; animal studies; political theory; philosophy, and Romance studies


Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures
Edinburgh Editions of Thomas Reid
Graphic Medicine
Penn State Romance Studies
Re-Reading the Canon
Rhetoric and Democractic Deliberation
RSA Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric

Executive Editor

Areas: art and architectural history; visual culture; medieval and early modern studies; French history; Iberian and Latin American history and culture


Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies
Iberian Encounter and Exchange, 475-1755
Latin American Originals
Magic in History
Refiguring Modernism

Acquisitions Editor

Areas: Pennsylvania history and regional studies; religious studies


Signifying on Scriptures
Religion Around
Max Kade German-American Research Institute
Keystone Books
Pietist, Moravian, and Anabaptist Studies

Mail proposals to:

820 North University Drive
University Support Building 1, Suite C
University Park, PA 16802-1003

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