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Writing for us

Please read the Submissions Guidelines below before sending us your proposal. 


The History Press welcomes submissions from both new and established authors – if you’ve got a great historical story to tell then we’d love to hear from you.

So how do I submit?

All new book ideas should be sent to Please do not email us your complete manuscript but instead a synopsis of no more than 200 words and a short biographical note. Please also include your full contact details - name, title, email address, postal address and telephone number. 

What should the synopsis include?

The synopsis you submit should clearly demonstrate:

  • The concept 
  • The target audience
  • What makes your book appealing (this is particularly important for memoirs/personal diaries)
  • The book’s unique selling points (why will someone choose your work over a competitor’s?)
  • A proposed word count (don’t worry if you haven’t written it yet, just estimate)
  • A proposed number of illustrations (and proposed sources)

What should I put in my biographical note?

This section is your opportunity for you to tell us a bit about yourself. Points helpful in this area are:

  • Why you are qualified to write this book, to include details of previous publications
  • Your involvement in key societies, events and enthusiast communities for your subject area
  • Any experience you have in public speaking (such as radio interviews or giving lectures)
  • Any links with newspapers and media that could help you market your book


How long until I hear back from you?

You can expect a reply within 6 weeks of your proposal. If 6 weeks has passed and you have not heard from us, then do feel free to drop us an email at enquiring on its status.

What happens next?

If we decide to take your idea forward, the relevant commissioning editor will send you a questionnaire to learn more about you and your book.


We look forward to hearing from you.