sThe University of New Mexico Press :: FOR AUTHORS


University of New Mexico Press does not accept unsolicited fiction, poetry, children's, or young adult book proposals.  Due to the many hundreds of submissions the press receives annually, we cannot respond to unsolicited queries.  Thank you for thinking of UNM Press in conjunction with your work.

We require that authors send an initial query letter describing their manuscript.
Please provide brief replies to these five points:
1. Begin with a description of the issue, problem, or subject your manuscript addresses.  Why is this an important topic?
2. Document the need for a book on this topic or in this area.  Why should your manuscript be published?  How does it differ from other works on the subject?
3. Define your purpose and audience.  Why will people want to buy the book?
4. Describe your work's scope and contents.  Please append a contents page.  What is the page length or word count of your manuscript?  What unique features characterize your treatment of the topic?  How many illustrations do you intend to include?
5. When do you expect to complete the manuscript?  Are there scheduling priorities involved with the publication of this work; for instance, an event or exhibit anticipated to coincide with its release?
Send letters to:
Clark Whitehorn
University of New Mexico Press
MSC05 3185
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Send letters regarding literary and cultural studies/criticism, art, and photography to:
Elise M. McHugh
University of New Mexico Press
MSC05 3185
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

For questions about the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, please e-mail Elise M. McHugh at Please note that submissions to the series are by invitation only.

For questions about editorial procedures and book proposals, please email

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Your proposal will be considered and you should receive a response in four weeks.  If we invite the manuscript and have it reviewed, the process typically takes 6-8 weeks.  If your work is accepted for publication, please print and follow the instructions in our Author Handbook.  In addition, if accepted for publication, your final manuscript must be accompanied by the UNM Press Final Manuscript Checklist.  If you wish your materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.