The Submission Process

Academic Manuscripts

We accept submissions of proposals for non-fiction, academic book manuscripts in all areas of the humanities and social sciences from scholars around the world. Collections, co-authored books, multi-authored books and monographs are all accepted. Submissions to our specialized series are encouraged. Submissions on general topics are welcome.

To submit, please complete the scholarly prospectus form and submit it to our editorial coordinator. Please review the style and documentation guides and figure submission guidelines while preparing your prospectus. You will receive a response from us within two weeks. If you have not heard from us after this time, please do send us a submission status inquiry.

As of September 2019 the Press is only able to publish academic work for which funding can be secured. We are committed to publishing works of academic excellence and will work with you to find and confirm sources of funding. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Brave & Brilliant Literary Manuscripts

We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and everything in between from Canadian citizens. Creative works are published in our literary series, Brave & Brilliant. We are especially interested in work that challenges genre boundaries, breaks with tradition, and highlights untold stories and unheard voices. We welcome literary submissions from authors at all career stages.

The press very rarely publishes biographies, autobiographies, family histories, or local histories.

To submit, please complete the literary prospectus form and return it to our editorial coordinator. Please include a manuscript sample of about ten pages of poetry or twenty pages of prose. If your work contains images, please review the figure submission guidelines. Mansucripts should be of a length that will result in a book with a minimum of eighty pages.

Please note that manuscripts are accepted into the Brave & Brilliant literary series three or more years in advance of publication. As the review, editorial, and production process for each work takes time, we continue to welcome submissions to the series. Please contact us with any questions you may have about our publication schedule.


The Approval Process

Your submission 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 then move forward to peer review.

Both scholarly and literary books undergo peer review. Your work will be assessed by at least two experts in the field. Once assessments have been received, a proposal for publication will be presented to our editorial board.

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.

After the editorial board has recommended publication, you will be presented with a contract. Our editorial team will work with you to navigate any suggested changes, and your book will enter our publications workflow.


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