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Editorial Guidelines

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

Broadview Press welcomes editorial submissions. Before submitting a proposal, please first read our guidelines carefully.

Broadview Press is an independent publisher of academic texts. Our books are primarily used for undergraduate college and university courses in the humanities. We also have a modest trade and library presence.

We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with our books before proposing a project. Please check that we publish in your area of interest. For Broadview Editions, please check that we are not about to publish, and have not already published, the title you are interested in editing.

Before sending a proposal or manuscript, please contact the editor responsible for the area in which you hope to publish with a query about your project. Please do not send a complete proposal or manuscript without sending a query first, as the project may be redundant or unsuitable for our list. We accept completed manuscripts but ask that a 3- to 8-page overview be included as well.

We welcome submissions in a wide range of areas, but please keep in mind that our main focus is books in the Humanities (particularly in English Studies, Philosophy, and History) that are suitable for undergraduate course use at the college and university level.

Proposal Format

Proposals are usually between 3 and 8 pages long and should include the following:

  • description of and rationale for the proposed whole, including a Table of Contents
  • discussion of the ways in which the project speaks to current teaching practices and scholarly interests
  • discussion of the project's potential market
  • if primary sources are included, discussion of relevant textual and translation issues
  • overview of competing or complementary books (in the case of Broadview Editions, please note that any competing text you are aware of should be mentioned, even if it does not include any apparatus comparable to that found in Broadview Editions)
  • proposed date of completion
  • tentative title
  • estimated total length of the manuscript (an approximate word count is required)
  • list of non-textual items (charts, graphs, illustrations)
  • if a companion website or online component is to be included, description of its content
  • proposer's CV

Queries should be sent by email rather than post, and proposals should be sent as email attachments (in Word format).

Proposals may also be directed specifically toward the following series published by Broadview Press:

Broadview Editions

The Broadview Editions series is an effort to represent an ever-evolving canon of primary sources used in the disciplines of English and Philosophy. The series includes titles long regarded as classics, and also valuable, lesser-known works. Each edition is newly-edited, annotated, and includes an introduction, chronology, and bibliography. But what especially distinguishes the series is the addition of primary source documents contemporaneous with the work. These materials help demonstrate the context out of which the work emerged. Broadview Editions are newly typeset, and each volume is produced on high-quality paper in trade format. Our aim is to produce the finest editions for the student and the general reader; they are often highly valued by scholars as well. Please direct your inquiries about these editions to the editor responsible for the discipline in which you think your title will be most heavily used. A more detailed description of the goals of the series is available here.

Broadview Sources

Each volume features a short overview of a historical topic, together with a collection of documents. Geared towards the undergraduate classroom, these texts allow students to engage with a diverse collection of primary sources. Inexpensive and short (usually no more than 200 pages), the volumes provide convenient access to a carefully curated set of documents. The accessible introductions are authored by experts in the field.

Encore Editions

This series is made up of a wide variety of titles of lasting interest. Encore Editions are distinguished from the Broadview Editions series in that the latter has a standard format, with each work being accompanied by background documents as well as an introduction, chronology, and so on. Encore Editions are more varied in format and in content. This series includes novels, academic monographs that have had a marked impact on their discipline, travel narratives, children's literature, biography, and autobiography. In some instances, especially when there are notable illustrations, Encore Editions are facsimile reprints with original illustrations; some are newly typeset; some include extensive annotations as well as a substantial introduction. Please direct your inquiries about Encore Editions to the editor responsible for the discipline in which you think your title will be most heavily used.

Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies

This series makes available significant but previously out-of-print nineteenth-century British autobiographies with particular emphasis on works by women and working-class writers. Some volumes closely duplicate the form of the original editions, with the addition of a new introduction and brief notes; others are newly typeset and include a fuller apparatus and appendices. Some of these volumes are cross-listed with the Broadview Editions series. The series editor for Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies is Janice Carlisle (Tulane University).

Broadview Guides to Business and Professional Ethics

Editorial Board: Fritz Allhoff (Western Michigan University), Wesley Cragg (York University), Leonard Kahn (University of Calgary), Chris MacDonald (Ryerson University) and Deborah Poff (University of Northern British Columbia). The goal of the Broadview Guides to Business and Professional Ethics series is to publish short, cutting-edge texts on major issues in business ethics for undergraduate courses. Though books should be suitable for classroom use, this does not preclude original research that points towards possible new directions in the field. All proposals for the Broadview Guides to Business and Professional Ethics series should include a thorough discussion of competing books, and an explanation of how the project at hand differs from and/or improves on what is currently available. Authors should demonstrate facility with current research, for example, through publication in professional journals. Manuscripts should be between 35, 000 and 60, 000 words.


Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.