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Parlor Press is an independent publisher and distributor of scholarly and trade books in high quality print and digital formats. The Press will consider submissions from prospective authors or literary agents, subject to the guidelines below or as otherwise indicated on a series node. All submissions should be targeted specifically for one of our existing book series. Each submission accepted for review undergoes peer review by scholars or other acknowledged experts or published authors (in the case of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry). The review process is rigorous. Turnaround time for initial review is prompt (usually three months or less). Parlor Press's editors may decide that a submission needs further work before it receives consideration for outside review.

The Press is especially interested in considering outstanding new work by emergent scholars and writers, as well as work that takes unique advantage of digital formats enabled by emergent technologies.

The Press will not review work submitted simultaneously for consideration by another publisher.

Subject Areas

We are interested in submissions whose focus and readership crosses traditional boundaries in the humanities. Our existing series cover this range of topics and genres:

Parlor Press Series

We consider new work well suited to one of our current series:

Electracy and Transmedia Studies
Edited by Jan Rune Holmevik and Cynthia Haynes

Free Verse Editions
Edited by Jon Thompson

Illuminations: A Series on American Poetics
Edited by Jon Thompson

Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition
Edited by Patricia Sullivan and Catherine Hobbs

Lenses on Composition Studies
Edited by Sheryl Fontaine and Steve Westbrook

New Media Theory
Edited by Byron Hawk

Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition
WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, edited by Charles Bazerman, Anis Bawarshi, and Mary Jo Reiff

The Renaissance
Edited by Charles Ross

Rhetoric of Science and Technology
Edited by Alan Gross

Second Language Writing
Edited by Paul Kei Matsuda

Visual Rhetoric and Prospects in Visual Rhetoric
Edited by Marguerite Helmers

Writing Program Administration
Edited by Chris Carter and Laura Micciche

Format for Submissions

To ensure timely consideration of your proposed work, please provide the information outlined below. Please do not submit unsolicited complete manuscripts. It helps your case to know about the series and its guidelines as well. Your prospectus (not counting your vita, resume, or sample chapters) should be no longer than 2,000 words. (Poets, please note that the submission guidelines for Free Verse Editions are somewhat different. Review those guidelines here). This statement, which can take the form of a letter, should cover the following:

Please include with your proposal a copy of your current vita or resume, as well as those for any co-authors or editors. If relevant, enclose a copy of the table of contents of the proposed work, preferably annotated. You may include a sample chapter from the manuscript, if available. Please double-space all sample chapters.

Where and How to Submit

You may submit your prospectus and supporting material electronically or in print.