How to Submit a Book Proposal

Duke University Press welcomes the submission of book proposals in the areas in which we currently publish. We ask that you submit your proposal to only one editor. If your project seems better suited to another editor’s list, it will be passed along to them for consideration.

Your proposal should include:

  • A cover letter describing the project and noting its anticipated length and completion date
  • A prospectus with detailed chapter outlines
  • A CV or résumé
  • One or two sample chapters
  • Essay abstracts (for edited collections)

Please submit a printed copy of your proposal by mail to the address listed below. If you would like the proposal returned to you, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send any irreplaceable materials.

You will receive an email acknowledging our receipt of your proposal. We attempt to contact authors with a decision about their submission within eight weeks of receiving it. However, due to the volume of materials we receive, it can occasionally take longer for an editor to send a response. If you have not heard from us within three months, feel free to follow up via email.

Editors who are interested in seeing more materials or a full manuscript will contact you. Please do not submit your complete manuscript until an editor has invited you to do so.

Addresses for Mailing Proposals

US Mail:
Duke University Press
Box 90660
Durham, NC 27708-0660
Federal Express, United Postal Service, and other courier services:
Duke University Press
905 W. Main St., Suite 18B
Durham, NC 27701
Tel: 1.919.687.3600