Scholars proposing manuscripts for publication should submit a prospectus to the acquisitions department at the University Press of Colorado (submissions to our Utah State University Press will be routed to the correct personnel) before submitting a complete manuscript. We do accept simultaneous submissions.
The University Press of Colorado, including the Utah State University Press imprint, is currently accepting manuscript proposals in anthropology, archaeology, composition (writing studies), folklore, history, and the natural sciences as well as projects about the state of Colorado, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain region. We are also accepting submissions for the following series:
- The George and Sakaye Aratani Nikkei in the Americas Series
- Mining the American West
- Atomic History & Culture
- Timberline Books
Please browse our web site to get a better sense of how your project might fit within our established publication lists. The University Press of Colorado is not currently accepting proposals in fiction or poetry. We distribute poetry titles published by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. For their submission guidelines, please visit: Colorado Prize for Poetry or the Mountain West Poetry Series.
A book prospectus should include the following:
- a clear and concise description of your book and its notable features
- a table of contents, including a brief precis for each chapter
- an estimated word count of the project
- an estimate of the number of illustrations, tables, appendices, etc.
- an analysis of the expected audience for the book
- a round-up of competing books (if any exist), and a brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed book
- an appropriate date when the manuscript would be completed
- a current resume or curriculum vitae
We prefer that submissions be made electronically. Unsolicited print materials-including manuscripts-will not be returned unless accompanied by an SASE.
Please address your written queries for the University Press of Colorado imprint to:
University Press of Colorado
5589 Arapahoe Ave. #206C
Boulder, CO 80303
Please address your written queries for the Utah State University Press imprint to:
Utah State University Press
3078 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3078
We do our best to respond to submissions within six weeks of receipt. Due to our small staff size and the large number of submissions that we receive, our review time may take longer. Please be patient while we give your proposal or manuscript our full consideration.
Occasionally, the University Press of Colorado issues a book contract on the basis of the prospectus, but more generally the practice is to write a contract based on the finished manuscript. Once submitted, manuscripts are reviewed by the press editor or by an appropriate series editor. Manuscripts recommended by the press editor or series editor are then considered for publication. The press requires two professional evaluations of manuscripts and the approval of our editorial board prior to moving forward with publication.
For authors submitting manuscripts for peer review or final publication, visit Author Materials.