Studies in Dance History - Submission Guidelines

The Editorial Board welcomes the submission of proposals and manuscripts for our book series Studies in Dance History. Because we define dance history and dance studies in the broadest possible terms, the Board encourages the submission of proposals on a wide range of topics and encourages innovation in subject matter, methodology, theoretical approaches, and writing. The series publishes monographs by single authors as well as anthologies, and books by both emerging and established authors.

One of the greatest advantages of publishing with our series is that your book will be sent to all full Dance Studies Association members. No other press can guarantee this degree of distribution. We pride ourselves on providing close mentorship for emerging authors and detailed feedback on work-in-process for both first-time and established authors.

Submission Guidelines

Cover Letter

The cover letter, addressed to the Chair of the SIDH editorial board, should include the following information:

  • Title of the work
  • Contact information for the Author
  • Abstract or summary of contents of the work
  • Statement of the original contributions the book makes to the field of dance history, explanation of how the book differs from work already published, and description of the anticipated audience
  • Number and nature of illustrations to be included
  • Estimated extent of previously published material to be included
  • Disclosure about whether or not the material is under consideration with another publisher
  • Estimate of total word count and number of images
  • Estimate of timeline for completion and submission
  • Listing of items included with the submission

C.V. of Author(s)

For Anthologies, please include a listing of short biographies of contributors.

Table of Contents

Book Proposal

Your proposal should be between 5-10 pages in length, single-spaced. We expect this proposal to be high-quality, as it gives us a sense of your ability to write a strong book.

  • Description of the Project: including the book's argument, scope, theoretical approach(es), and methodologies
  • Justification: Why is this book important and why should we publish it? What makes it special? What does it add to the field?
  • Interdisciplinary: If this is an interdisciplinary project, what are the fields it brings together? How is the book conversing with or adding to these fields?
  • Competition: What previously published books is your book most like? How will your book add to, converse with, build on, or fill in gaps compared to these other books?
  • Audience: Who will the book appeal to? Is the book appropriate for undergraduate or graduate readers, readers within the field, in other fields, or the general public?
  • Book Outline: Outline each section and chapter in the book so that we understand the book's scope and structure. Include abstracts for each chapter.

Sample Chapters

Send two sample chapters. This might include the introduction and a single chapter, or two chapters. They need not be sequential. If we would like additional materials, we will request them. These chapters should be strong, well edited, and give our board a good sense of your main ideas, methods, and writing style.

Submission Format: Submit your materials as word documents or PDFs via email to the Chair of the Editorial Board.

Send Submissions and Inquiries to:

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Manuscript Review

Your materials will first be reviewed by the Chair of the Editorial Board. If judged appropriate for the series, the Chair will forward the materials to the Editorial Board for review. We accept submissions year-round. However, since the board meets twice a year-usually in November and May-you should submit materials no later than mid-October for a fall review, and no later than mid-April for a spring review. In certain cases, we are able to accelerate this process. Sometimes, we see promise in a submission, but may send the materials back for revision and resubmission. In this case, we will provide generous feedback to help you refine and improve your materials for resubmission.

If the Board approves your submission, we will inform you that your materials will be sent to the

University of Michigan Press Board for approval. If University of Michigan Press approves the materials, you may be offered an advance contract (for work in progress), or a contract (for a completed manuscript).

Editorial Process

One of the key advantages of publishing with our series is that we provide mentorship and feedback for authors of all levels. In particular, the Chair and the board will provide emerging and first-time authors feedback on work in process. In addition, we have launched the SIDH Emerging Authors Program which pairs first-time authors with a mentor, an established scholar who is a specialist in the SIDH author's field, to provide 1:1 feedback. Once the manuscript is ready for submission, it will be sent out to at least two independent readers for a formal evaluation. Authors will be expected to revise based on these reports. You are welcome to suggest names of suitable readers. Members of the SIDH editorial board may also be asked to evaluate the manuscript and provide a written report.

Once your final manuscript is submitted to University of Michigan Press, issues of production (design, copyediting, proofs, printing, etc.) are negotiated directly with the Press in consultation with the Chair of the DSA editorial board.