Book Submissions

Why Publish with Clemson University Press?

Clemson UP has a strong history of publishing exceptional literary talent and high-impact research. For more than four decades, Clemson has published the esteemed South Carolina Review, featuring literary criticism from the likes of Cleanth Brooks and Marjorie Perloff, fiction by writers from Flannery O’Connor to James Dickey and Joyce Carol Oates, and a rich list of aspiring and established poets. In recent years, the Press has significantly expanded to publish scholarly monographs, including the critically acclaimed Virginia Woolf Selected Papers. Through strategic global partnerships, academic books published by Clemson UP are marketed and distributed internationally and our team of experienced editorial, production, and marketing staff are committed to the timely publication of the highest quality scholarship.

Submission Guidelines

Clemson University Press is pleased to evaluate book proposals for scholarly monographs and edited collections that align with the publication lists that we are actively developing, including modernist literature and the arts, architecture, bibliographic/textual scholarship, Irish literature, and race and ethnicity studies. If you have a complete manuscript for consideration, please include a proposal with your submission. In the case of poetry collections, short-story collections, and other works of fiction, a complete manuscript is preferable in lieu of a proposal.

See "Imprint" in our Charter for a fuller description of areas of interest.

Review and Publication Process

Once you have submitted your proposal, the editorial staff will carefully assess it and, if deemed suitable for Clemson UP, it will be peer-reviewed by at least two leading academics in the field. Once you have read the readers’ reports and discussed them with the commissioning editor, you will be invited to submit a response stating how you intend to address any suggestions made on the reports. Your proposal, readers’ reports, response, and a report by the commissioning editor will be presented to members of the Advisory Board and a contract will be offered pending their approval. The review process typically takes no longer than one month.

Preparation and Submission of Book Proposals

The explanatory list below is intended to serve as a set of guidelines for submissions to Clemson UP. You are invited to complete the CUP Proposal Form (link below) and submit it as a Word document via email to John Morgenstern at You may also send a hard copy to Clemson UP, Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing, 611 Strode Tower, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634. Provided that all of the information listed below is included on your proposal, you are welcome to use an alternate format.

Book Title

A strong title is essential to marketing your book. The main title should be concise and clearly indicate your primary focus.

Author/Editor Details

You should include your name, academic affiliation if applicable, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and a brief biography outlining any previous publications that establish your expertise in your field. You may in addition, or instead, include a current CV with your proposal. For edited collections, please include the names, affiliations, and email addresses of all contributors at the end of the proposal.

Book Synopsis

The general abstract of your proposed book should clearly articulate the full scope and implications of your argument, explain how it contributes to current scholarly debate or will likely stimulate the same, and elaborate the themes and concepts central to the work. (Approximately 800–1000 words)

Contents List with a Detailed Synopsis of Each Chapter

Your tentative table of contents should demonstrate the depth of coverage offered by your book and map out its structure. If the book is an edited collection, please indicate the authorship of each chapter. (Approximately 300–400 words per chapter)


Define your primary readership(s). Is there an established scholarly audience? Would the book translate to an undergraduate or graduate course? Does the book have appeal outside of academic libraries? (Approximately 300–400 words)

Market and Competition

You should list any published works in direct competition with your proposed book and explain what distinguishes yours from them. Please include publication details for each competing book (author, title, publisher, date of publication).

Key Features

Highlight any key selling points and/or offerings of your proposed book. Does your book offer the first critical account of your subject? Why would your book be timely?


Please indicate the projected length of your book (in words), including contents, acknowledgments, references, and bibliography. If it is an edited collection, please specify the length of each essay.

Illustrations and Figures

Please specify the number, type (photos, paintings, maps, charts, etc.), and color (black-and-white or no) of illustrations and figures in your proposed book. Please keep in mind that high-resolution files will be required for all published images and that the intellectual property and all reproduction rights for images online remain with the author/publisher regardless of prior electronic or print distribution.


Please indicate whether or not you will need to seek permissions to reproduce text or images under copyright. How much of the projected book has been previously published elsewhere?

Proposed Timeline

What is your projected submission date for the completed typescript? Do you require the book to be published by a particular date?

Sample Material

Please provide a sample chapter if you are a first-time author. If you have previously published a book, you may likewise choose to submit a chapter or introduction to further support your proposal.