Submitting a Proposal or Manuscript for Consideration

We invite book proposals and manuscripts from authors of works—whether scholarly or general interest—appropriate to our award-winning list of publications. Please browse our books and series to learn more about our publishing program. We are currently not seeking memoirs, festschrifts, or creative works outside of our literary series.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Please submit proposals via email to the appropriate acquiring editor from the list below. The proposal should include a letter of inquiry with the following information:

  • Title, subtitle, and authorship
  • Overview of the manuscript (subject, scope, organization, voice, and style)
  • Significance of the manuscript (contribution to the field, why the book is needed, enduring appeal, timeliness)
  • Intended audience and comparable titles
  • Information about each author, including a short bio and brief narrative about their research
  • Estimated length (word count) and anticipated number of photos and illustrations
  • Expected delivery date of completed manuscript

In addition to the letter of inquiry, please send:

  • Annotated table of contents
  • Introduction and sample chapter (if completed)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

If you are sending a complete manuscript for consideration, please send it as a single Word document with numbered pages, a title page, and a table of contents. We prefer manuscripts to be double spaced, and if possible, with the figures and images embedded in the document. Submit the manuscript via email to the appropriate acquiring editor.

Note: If your manuscript has been accepted and you are working on the final draft, please visit our Submitting Your Final Manuscript page.

After You Submit Your Proposal or Manuscript

The University of Arizona Press receives a high volume of submissions, and we ask for your patience in our response. While we strive to offer a same-week response, during conference season and other busy times of the year, it may take longer for an editor to give your project undivided attention. If you do not hear from the editor in two weeks, please feel free to follow up.

If we are interested in your project, the next step is peer review. For information about the peer-review process in general and other FAQs about publishing with a university press, please visit the Association of University Presses Ask UP website.

Acquisitions Department

  • Kristen Buckles, Editor-in-Chief Read Bio
    Kristen Buckles is the University of Arizona Press’s editor-in-chief. In addition to managing the Acquisitions Department, Kristen acquires books in history, Indigenous studies, Latinx studies, and Latin American studies. Contact Kristen at

  • Allyson Carter, Senior Editor Read Bio
    Allyson Carter serves as senior editor of the University of Arizona Press and acquires new manuscripts for specialists and general readers in anthropology, Indigenous studies, archaeology, environmental science, and space science. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and she has contributed to the Press’s Acquisitions team in different roles since 2003. Contact Allyson at

  • Elizabeth Wilder, Assistant Editor Read Bio
    Elizabeth Wilder is an assistant editor in the University of Arizona Press’s Acquisitions Department. She oversees the Press's two award-winning literary series, Camino del Sol and Sun Tracks, and supports the lists of the Press Editor-in-Chief. She holds a PhD in English from Stanford University. Contact Elizabeth at

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