What We Publish

The University of Calgary Press publishes works that embody the spirit of curiosity inherent scholarly inquiry. We invest in ideas that transform how we think about—and shape—our world. We publish peer-reviewed, academic non-fiction in all areas of the humanities and social sciences. We also publish innovative fiction, poetry, and creative forms.

The University of Calgary Press publishes a number of series in specialized topics.

Open Access

As an academic publisher, we feel a responsibility to ensure that knowledge is accessible to the widest possible audience. We therefore embrace Open Access publishing and make our scholarly books available in free-to-download PDF format under a BY-NC-ND Creative Commons licence in addition to publishing our books in print and for-purchase eBook formats.

If you have questions about Open Access publishing, please contact us.

Books published in our Brave & Brilliant literary series are not Open Access.

Become an Author

We welcome submissions of proposals non-fiction book manuscripts in all areas of the humanities and social sciences from scholars around the world. We welcome submissions both to our specialized series and in general topics.

We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, and everything in between from Canadian citizens. Creative works are published in our literary series, Brave & Brilliant.

To submit, please complete the prospectus form linked below and send it either in advance of completing your manuscript, or with the completed manuscript to our editorial coordinator.

The Approval Process

Once you submit your prospectus, it will be reviewed by our editorial team. If you have submitted directly to a series, the series editor will also review your proposal. If your book fits within the mandate of the press and within our publishing program, it will move forward to peer review.

Both scholarly and literary books undergo peer review. Your work will be assessed by at least two experts in its field. All University of Calgary Press books are published at the recommendation of, and after review by, our editorial board. Comprised of distinguished faculty, the board members are experts in their fields and familiar with the demands of publishing.