Prospective Authors

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the Press for consideration for publication, please first send an initial query letter and a book proposal to the appropriate acquiring editor, listed below. Choose the editor whose subject areas most closely match the topic of your manuscript. If interested in pursuing your manuscript further, the acquiring editor will request additional materials from you. Please note that, due to the high volume of manuscript submissions that the University of New Mexico Press receives annually, we cannot respond to all unsolicited queries and proposals. The University of New Mexico Press does not accept queries for unsolicited fiction, poetry, or children’s books.

Your query letter should address the following:

  1. Describe the subject of your book, including what issues or problems it addresses, and be clear about why your subject is an important topic.

  2. Discuss the need for a book on this subject, including what the book will contribute to its field of study. Please tell us why the manuscript should be published and how it differs from other works on the subject.

  3. Define the audience for the book—that is, the people or institutions most likely to buy it.

  4. Outline the work’s scope and contents, including the page length (or word count) and whether you intend to include illustrations (if so, describe what kinds of images and how many of them); provide a general outline of the book’s content and any special features that characterize your treatment of the topic. Please also attach a table of contents.

  5. Address your timeline for completion of the project. If the manuscript is not yet finished, let us know when you intend to have it done. Let us know, also, if there are any scheduling priorities we need to consider for publication of the work, such as events, conferences, or exhibits.

Please send your query letter via email to the appropriate editor, listed here:

Clark Whitehorn
Email: clarkw@unm.edu
Subject areas: Environmental Studies; Natural History; Cold War and Military History; New Mexico History; Latin American History; US West; Ethnohistory; Native Studies; Archaeology; Anthropology; Children’s Bilingual Literature

Elise McHugh
Email: elisemc@unm.edu
Subject areas: Literary Criticism; Pop Culture; Art, Photography, and Architecture; Poetry; Memoir; Biography and Autobiography; Fiction

If you submit a proposal with a query letter, it will be considered. If the Press decides to pursue the project, you should receive a response within about four weeks. All books published by the University of New Mexico Press are thoroughly reviewed in manuscript form by one or more editors on our staff. If the manuscript seems appropriate, it is then read by two or more outside readers with expertise in the manuscript’s subject. The Press normally requests that outside readers submit reports in about ten weeks. The complete review process usually takes approximately four to six months. If favorable reviews are granted from the outside readers, the acquisitions editor presents the manuscript for final approval to the University Press Committee, which is composed of twelve University of New Mexico faculty members who represent a variety of subject disciplines. If the committee approves the project, the Press will then offer a publishing contract.