Scholars proposing manuscripts for publication should submit a prospectus to the acquisitions department at the University Press of Colorado before submitting a complete manuscript. Submissions to our Utah State University Press or University of Wyoming Press imprints will be routed to the correct personnel. We do accept simultaneous submissions.

Until further notice, only electronic submissions will be accepted.


Submit to University Press of Colorado / Utah State University Press


The University Press of Colorado, including the Utah State University Press imprint, is currently accepting manuscript proposals in anthropology, archaeology, composition (writing studies), ethnohistory, environmental justice, folklore, history of the American West, indigenous studies, 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:

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, memoir, 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

Ideally, proposed manuscripts will be 90,000 words or less, and no submission should be more than 120,000 words.


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 précis 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 approximate date when the manuscript would be completed
  • a current resume or curriculum vita


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.


Manuscript Review

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.