The University of Nevada Press publishes regionally focused works that contribute to our understanding of Nevada, the Great Basin, and American West. We also publish scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences in the fields of environmental studies, public health, mining studies, Native American studies, urban studies, Basque studies, and gambling and commercial gaming. The Press publishes select fiction as well.
If you are interested in submitting your work to the University of Nevada Press, we ask that you first submit a book proposal, which includes a prospectus, CV, detailed table of contents, and sample chapter. A prospectus should include the following:
1. A description of the book, describing the core themes, arguments, issues, goals, and/or topics of the work, what makes it unique, what questions it seeks to answer, and why you are qualified to write it.
2. A description of your target audience (students, scholars, practitioners, the general public, etc.).
3. An analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates), indicating distinctive and original elements of your project that set it apart from these other works.
4. A list of courses in which your book might be used as a text or supplementary text, indicating the course level at which this book may be used.
5. An indication of whether any part of your manuscript has been published previously, and if it is a doctoral dissertation, what changes you are proposing to prepare it for publication.
6. The length of the manuscript as a word count. Will there be figures, tables, or images, and if so, approximately how many?
7. If the manuscript is not complete, an estimate of when it will be finished.
8. The names of four to seven respected scholars in your field with whom you have no personal relationship. Include their titles, affiliations, and e-mail addresses.
9. An indication of whether the manuscript is under consideration by other publishers.
Proposals should be emailed to Clark Whitehorn, or a physical copy can be mailed to our office:
University of Nevada Press
Mail Stop 0166
Reno, NV 89557-0166
Once we have reviewed the proposal, if the project seems suited for our publishing program, we will invite you to submit the entire manuscript for formal review.
Manuscript Evaluation Process
All manuscripts are evaluated by external readers who are recognized authorities in the subject matter of the manuscript or, in the case of a literary work, by distinguished critics or writers in the genre of the manuscript. After two favorable outside evaluations, the manuscript is presented to the Press’s Editorial Advisory Board. Only after Board approval is the Press able to make a publishing commitment.