For Authors

Submission Guidelines

If you would like to submit a book proposal or a manuscript to Yale University Press, please send it, along with the following information, by mail or email to the editor most appropriate for the subject of your work. Submit your proposal to only one editor. Because of the volume of submissions received, we regret that we cannot confirm receipt of your submission. If you would like confirmation of receipt, we recommend sending your submission via a traceable mailing method such as UPS or Federal Express. 

Submissions should include:

  • a cover letter (please specify in your cover letter if you would like your manuscript returned)
  • a prospectus
  • your curriculum vitae
  • if you want your manuscript returned, a self-addressed, stamped envelope

If available, please include:

  • a table of contents
  • a sample chapter
  • the estimated length of your manuscript
  • examples or descriptions of any artwork, including the total number of illustrations to be used in the text (there is no need to send originals at this stage)
  • your estimate of the potential audience for the work
  • if the manuscript is not yet complete, please indicate its anticipated date of completion

Submissions for foreign language and English as a second language proposal should include the following:

  • A description of the content
  • what your book is about
  • number of components (text, workbook, teachers manual, audio, CD ROM, etc.) and approximate length (number of pages/minutes) of each component
  • nature of the exercises
  • source of reading passages
  • description and number of illustrations
  • A rationale for the publication of the text. Please explain the goal you hope your book will achieve
  • A comparison of your book to others in the field currently on the market, how your book differs from the current offerings, and what place your book will have in the market
  • An estimate and description of the potential audience for your book
  • A tentative table of contents in English
  • 1-3 sample chapters
  • Your curriculum vitae

If you are sending your manuscript by mail, please direct it to only one editor and to only one office:

New Haven

Yale University Press
PO Box 209040
New Haven, CT 06520-9040

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Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

For all the guidelines and instructions an author needs to prepare a manuscript and any accompanying artwork for editing and production at Yale University Press, see the links below. Please read the guidelines carefully. If you have further questions, consult your acquisitions editor’s assistant. (For the preparation of manuscripts in the fields of art and architecture, see our separate Guidelines for Authors of Art Books.)

You may also download the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines in a single PDF document.

Downloadable Forms for Authors:

Additional Instructions for Projects with Special Considerations: 


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