Guidelines for a Book Proposal

Initial submissions should include the following:

A cover letter that consists of:

  • A brief narrative description of the book, including themes, arguments, goals, and place in literature.
  • A description of the projected audience and competing titles.
  • A brief statement of how the manuscript fits within our list.
  • An estimate of the probable length of the book (both a page count and a word count are useful)
  • The number of illustrations and tables, and a note of potential permission issues.
  • If the manuscript is not complete, please provide an estimated completion date.
  • Please note whether any material has been previously published.

Preliminary material that includes:  

  • A table of contents with a brief description of each chapter.
  • The introduction and one or two sample chapters.
  • If it is an illustrated work, provide samples of the illustrations (graphs, tables, photographs) and whether you intend these illustrations to be black and white or full color.

 Author information:

  • A current vita for the author(s) or editor(s) summarizing professional experience, past publications, and relevant research.
  • For multi-authored works, please disclose which contributors have committed to the project.

Submit your proposal here.

To better understand the types of books published by the University of Alaska Press, please review our publications

The University of Alaska Press welcomes the submission of book proposals in the areas in which we publish. Launched in 1967, the University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher and distributor of books about Alaska and the circumpolar regions. Although physically located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Press represents the entire University of Alaska and by extension the entire state of Alaska.

UA Press publications cover an expanding range of subject areas, including politics and history, Native languages and cultures, science and natural history, biography and memoir, poetry, fiction and anthologies, and original translations. The Press publishes books in print and electronically for both the scholarly community and the general public.

The Press has an independent advisory board of scholars and writers with a diverse range of expertise. The board is responsible for final review and selection of titles published by the Press.

In 2010, UA Press launched the Alaska Literary Series with Peggy Shumaker as the Series Editor. The Press publishes approximately one to three works of fiction in this series each year. Submissions may include fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry- with an emphasis on works that make the northern experience available to the world.  

Consult our author guide for information about submitting and publishing with us.

Please send any questions you might have to

We attempt to contact authors with a decision within six weeks. If you have not heard from us within two months, please follow-up by email.

Do not send unsolicited full manuscripts.

Thank you for considering the University of Alaska Press as a home for your work.