For Authors and Prospective Authors

For authors submitting their final manuscripts (Author's Guide)

University of Michigan Press Great Lakes

The University of Michigan Press’s Great Lakes list publishes non-fiction books that explore our region’s history, culture, and natural environment. We seek to showcase diverse authorial voices and value having a wide-ranging catalog of titles that serve a variety of audiences, including students and teachers, history buffs and backyard biologists, professional land managers and policymakers, and many other readers. Put simply, our aim is to be the leader and best when it comes to publishing about our region’s past, present, and future.

Submission Guidelines for Prospective Authors

To ensure that your work receives proper attention, we ask that you submit the following materials:

  • a statement addressing the following points
    • the purpose or rationale of your book;
    • similar or competing books;
    • the audiences you envision for your book and the contributions your work offers;
    • why you think your manuscript is suited to the University of Michigan Press's Great Lakes list;
    • the length of the manuscript and the number of illustrations incorporated;
    • and your timetable for completion of the project (if it is already finished, please let us know that, too);
  • a table of contents;
  • an outline of your chapters (this should be no more than a paragraph or two describing the content of each chapter);
  • an introduction or detailed overview of your project; if you have no introduction, please supply a sample chapter (or other material); and
  • a curriculum vitae or resume for all authors or volume editors; for edited volumes, a list of your contributors along with their professional affiliations.

Queries and proposals should be sent via email to Scott Ham, Acquiring Editor for Michigan and the Great Lakes at

If you are looking to submit a proposal in a different subject area, please refer to our staff directory for a list of editors and their areas.