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The University of Missouri Press was founded in 1958 by William Peden, writer and dedicated member of the university’s English Department faculty. Throughout its history, the Press has been committed to publishing important books, including those unlikely to turn a profit for commercial publishers. The University of Missouri Press publishes original works by, for, and about Missourians, as well as important trade titles, textbooks, references, and scholarly monographs in disciplines served by the University of Missouri. In partnership with and in service to the University, we develop and deliver print and digital content that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation, and the world. Making these books available to the public enables the Press to fulfill its mission as a partner to the University of Missouri in the dissemination of scholarship and knowledge.

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We at the University of Missouri Press are a dynamic scholarly publisher of a range of subject lists, with a focus on American History (esp. U.S. Military, African American, Political), Journalism, Political Science, Missouri History and Regional Studies, and Literary Criticism (gen. American and British). We are, though, happy to consider inquiries regarding work in any area of the humanities or natural history.

Note: We do not publish poetry, original novels, or fiction. Complete manuscripts should not be sent unless invited.

If you would like to submit a book proposal for our consideration, please send it to:

Andrew J. Davidson
Editor in Chief
University of Missouri Press
113 Heinkel Building
201 S. 7th Street
Columbia, MO 65211-1344

A well-written book proposal should include:

  • a description of the overall concept and rationale
  • a good sense of the readership and market, including similar or potentially competing works
  • a table of contents with a brief, chapter-by-chapter description
  • expected page length and word count (in Word, 12-pt, double-spaced) and number of illustrations
  • an introduction and one sample chapter if available
  • schedule for completion of the manuscript
  • a recent CV that includes the author’s publishing history

Please do not send a completed manuscript unless invited.


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