Emerging Authors Initiative

Here at Women’s Press, 2023 is the year of the emerging author

Women’s Press was founded on the principles of publishing new voices and showcasing under-represented topics, and this year we hope to shine a light on that commitment.

We are seeking book proposals from new and new-to-us authors that will be appropriate for publication under our Women’s Press imprint. We are particularly interested in proposals that centre BIPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+ experiences.

In recognition of the challenges facing new authors and the importance of publishing under-represented topics, we will be offering a signing bonus for new and new-to-us authors whose books are accepted for publication with Women’s Press in 2023. We also welcome discussion of the additional supports we could provide such as guidance regarding the publishing process, special marketing efforts for your work, or opportunities for connection with other scholars

Eligible projects

  • Proposals should be intended for an undergraduate or graduate student audience and be appropriate for course use at universities and colleges.
  • Proposals should meaningfully engage with BIPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+ topics.
  • Proposals are welcome from new and new-to-us authors, including:
    • Early career and emerging scholars at universities and colleges, including PhD students
    • Scholars working on their first book-length project or first textbook
    • Professionals working in relevant fields, including practitioners, consultants, community workers, and activists
  • Outlines must be submitted by December 31, 2023*.

Eligible topics

Possible areas of submission include, but are not limited to:
  • Black Feminisms
  • Indigenous Feminisms
  • Sexuality/Queer Studies
  • Trans Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Asian Studies/East Asian Studies
  • Decolonization
  • Activism and Social Change
  • Masculinities
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
How to Submit

Please reach out to acquisitions editor Sarah Powell with a brief introduction of yourself as an emerging author along with a summary of your proposal topic.

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