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For Authors

WelcomeThe Kent State University Press welcomes inquiries and proposals in our fields of publication, listed below. Please send a letter or email of inquiry briefly describing your project to Director Susan Wadsworth-Booth, following which you may be invited to submit a proposal. Proposals should be sent digitally via email following the proposal guidelines on this page. The Press does not return unsolicited materials or accept unsolicited manuscripts.

  • Ohio and the surrounding region
  • Sports
  • History:
    • U.S. history, especially the Civil War era and abolitionism
    • military
    • true crime
  • Literary Studies:
    • Hemingway
    • C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings

We do not publish fiction, except occasionally within our Literature & Medicine series.

We do not publish poetry, except for the winners of the Wick Poetry Prize and Wick chapbook competitions and within our Literature & Medicine series.


Submission GuidelinesWe ask that proposals consist of the following:

  • A two- to three-page (double-spaced) description of the project, its purpose, its importance and uniqueness, its contribution to scholarship, its suitability to KSU Press’s publishing program, any competing book(s), and the target audience;
  • A table of contents in which each chapter is described by a short paragraph;
  • Two or three sample chapters (one of these should be the introduction), if available, or a sample of your published work;
  • Your current c.v. or résumé

Direct inquiries to:

Susan Wadsworth-Booth
The Kent State University Press
1118 University Library
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH  44242­–0001


For Authors Under ContractGuidelines for Authors Under Contract

For your convenience, the Kent State University Press provides the following downloadable guidelines in PDF format.

Electronic Manuscript Guidelines for Authors
Art Submission Guidelines for Authors
Copyright Guidelines for Authors
The Publishing Process

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