Authors come to publishing at different points in their careers: some already have completed manuscripts after many years of research, while others start looking for a publisher as soon as they have started a significant work. As such, we are providing the following guidelines for submitting manuscripts to Cambridge Ivy Press so that no matter where you are in your writing, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to get your book published.

Cambridge Ivy Press publishes scholarly works as well as thoughtful, interesting works for general readers in areas such as international relations, public policy, history, philosophy, literature, science and psychology.  Through our other divisions, we also publish original fiction, autobiographies, original poetry, children’s books and other genres.

Regardless of the type of book you wish to publish, there are basic guidelines that you should use to submit your proposal:

  • All proposals should be sent electronically as separate attachments to an email.
  • Proposals should be written in English and be free of grammar and spelling errors
  • Use a popular word processing program – Microsoft word is preferred, use a 12-point font in Times (or something similar), single spaced
  • All contact information (include a phone number) for the author should be included in the body of the proposal itself


  1. A document which outlines what your book is about and why you are writing it. The first page should be a one-page executive summary or extract of the proposal.  Use the subsequent pages to go into greater detail and tell us
    • What your book is about — tell us part of the story.  Are you addressing an overlooked part of history, are you trying to solve a problem, do you have something to add to the general literature on the subject?
    • Why your book is important
    • How your book differs from other books in the field
    • Why YOU are the person to write it (do NOT include a full CV at this point, rather a one-paragraph summation)
    • Who your target audience is
    • How long you anticipate the book will be and a list of any illustrations that you wish to include
    • When you anticipate completion and if there are any complicating factors
    • Include as a separate attachment to the email and label it as “lastname_proposal.doc”
  1. Table of Contents.  Send a proposed table of contents with a brief description of the contents of each chapter.  Send as a separate attachment to the email and label it as “lastname_TOC.doc”
  1. One completed chapter. We want to get a sense of your writing style as well as the amount of editing that will be required. Send as a separate attachment to the email and label it as “lastname_chapter.doc”

Once we receive your proposal, we’ll send you an email to confirm that we’ve received it.  Editorial review boards meet once a month and we will contact you again after the board has convened.

Cambridge Ivy Press considers all work submitted for review to be copyrighted material belonging to the author, and as such, your work is safe with us.

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