Before submitting a proposal, please be sure that we are the appropriate publisher for your work, and follow the guidelines given below.
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
- Table of contents
- Introduction or sample chapter
- Description of the intended audience/market
- A curriculum vitae or resume
- If your manuscript is a revision of your dissertation, provide a description of how heavily the manuscript is revised. If the dissertation is available online through Open Access, indicate whether you have the option to place a permanent or long-term embargo on its dissemination. Please note that Penn State University Press does not accept unrevised dissertations or manuscripts that are based on dissertations that cannot be removed from Open Access availability.
Editors prefer to receive proposals electronically but request that you first 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.
, Assistant Director, Editor-in-Chief
Areas: animal studies, graphic studies, interdisciplinary literary studies, and sensory studies.
Animalibus: Of Animals and Culture
AnthropoScene: The SLSA Book Series
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sensory History
, Executive Editor
Areas: art and architectural history, visual culture, history of photography, medieval and early modern studies, occultism and esoterism, Iberian and Latin American history and culture.
Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies
Iberian Encounter and Exchange, 475-1755
Latin American Originals
Magic in History
Magic in History Sourcebooks
, Acquisitions Editor
Areas: American studies and rhetoric and communication studies.
American Music History Book Series
Humor in America
Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation
RSA Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric
, Acquisitions Editor
Areas: Pennsylvania and mid-Atlantic history, regional studies and regional trade, religious studies.
Signifying (on) Scriptures
The Max Kade Research Institute Series: Germans beyond Europe
Pietist, Moravian, and Anabaptist Studies
Cultural Inquiries in English Literature, 1400 - 1700
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