The University Press of Mississippi is a nonprofit publisher that serves an academic and general audience. We receive approximately 800 submissions and publish an average of 80 books a year. Our editorial program focuses on African American studies; American studies, literature, history, and culture; art and architecture; biography and memoir; children's literature studies; ethnic studies; film and television studies; folklore and folk art; military history; music; natural sciences; photography; popular culture; reference; Southern studies; sports; women's studies; other liberal arts.

Special series: American Made Music; Caribbean Studies; Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History; Children's Literature Association; Conversations with Comics Artists; Conversations with Filmmakers; Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha; Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World; Great Comics Artists; Hollywood Legends; Literary Conversations; Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies; Race, Rhetoric, and Media; Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography.


All submissions should be accompanied by:

  • Your résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter containing:
    • An overview of the project explaining how your work will fit into, and add to, current literature on the subject
    • Anticipated length of the manuscript (in words)
    • Anticipated date of completion
    • Number and type of illustrations (if any)
  • The names of four potential reviewers

In addition to these requirements, please send the following based on the type of work:

Proposal for an incomplete project:

  • 4-5 page outline describing work
  • Proposed table of contents with chapter abstracts
  • One or two sample chapters
  • Preliminary bibliography

Complete manuscript:

  • The full manuscript with numbered pages
  • Copies of illustrations and associated captions

Edited anthology:

  • Required documents for proposal or manuscript as outlined above
  • Brief biographical information on each contributor
  • List of previously published essays


  • An overview explaining why you chose these particular photos and how they will work together to create a book. You should also describe the text sections of the book (introduction, essays, etc.) and explain how they will contribute to the project.
  • Sample photographs (digital or prints)

Thank you for your interest in the University Press of Mississippi.


Levels of Membership


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