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The University of South Carolina Press publishes original works of outstanding scholarship in print and digital formats in the fields of southern history, African American studies, civil rights, rhetoric and communication, and literary studies. The Press also publishes a dynamic list of regional general interest titles addressing South Carolina and the American South.

Our publications vary in length, from brief introductions to scholarly research monographs to reference works. These publications appeal to a range of audiences, including scholars and students and the general public. All projects undergo rigorous external peer review and must be approved by the Press Committee before publication.

To have a project considered by the Press, please submit a book proposal as a Word document attached to email. It should include the following:

  1. A cover letter that briefly describes the work: scope, purpose, readership, comparable publications, word count, and projected date of completion. Also explain how the work fits into the Press’s publishing list, and if the work should be considered for a particular series.
  2. An annotated table of contents.
  3. A list of images and illustrations, if those are planned.
  4. For partial or complete manuscripts: submit two representative chapters. Please do not submit the entire manuscript.
  5. A current CV or résumé.

We will only accept submissions via email (no paper submissions). All submissions should be sent to Lee Heckle, publishing assistant, University of South Carolina Press: eheckle@mailbox.sc.edu. Please allow four to six weeks for the Press to respond to your proposal. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: the Press is no longer accepting submissions for the following series:
• Story River Books
• Young Palmetto Books
• Palmetto Poetry Series




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