Written by Emily Harstone February 16th, 2023

Wayne State University Press: Now Accepting Proposals

Wayne State University Press is a publisher committed to supporting its parent institution’s core research, teaching, and service mission by generating high-quality scholarly and general interest works of global importance. They focus on advancing education and serving the local community.

Before submitting a proposal to them, you need to verify that your work fits their mission. According to their website they are currently  actively “acquiring books in African American studies; fairy-tale studies; film, television, and media studies; health humanities; Jewish studies; labor studies; and regional studies: books about the state of Michigan, the city of Detroit, and the Great Lakes region. We also acquire books of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry written by Michigan authors in our Made in Michigan Writers Series.”

Do not submit creative work to them of any kind if you are not a Michigan author.

To get a feel for what they have published in the past, go here.

Wayne State University Press does not publish unrevised dissertations or festschriften (which is a collection of writing honouring an author).

They ask that you submit your proposal to the appropriate acquisition editor. They list their acquisition editors here, along with the rest of their submission guidelines. Please follow them exactly for your work to be considered. They respond to most submissions within 12 weeks.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2022 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.


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