The University Press of Colorado, including the Utah State University Press imprint, is actively encouraging and accepting book-length submissions in all of the fields listed below. We accept both initial proposals as well as complete, book-length manuscripts. Ideal manuscripts will be 90,000 words or less, and no submission should be more than 120,000 words. The acceptable number of images and other non-text materials vary by field. Manuscript files should be continuously paginated and submitted as a single PDF with images embedded, although we will accept other formats on initial submission. For more information see
We are currently encouraging and accepting submissions in cultural anthropology, ethnography, ethnohistory, and Native American Studies. In addition, we are accepting anthropological submissions for The George and Sakaye Aratani Nikkei in the Americas Series. We have regional strengths in Mesoamerica and the New World, but we are also quite interested in thematic books with a global reach.
We are currently encouraging and accepting submissions on New World archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, and thematic books with a global reach. Our traditional strength has been Mesoamerican antiquity, particularly Central Mexico and the Maya.

For archaeologists with datasets directly related to their book manuscript--but not easily incorporated due to the amount or the form of the data--we strongly encourage either publishing your data with Open Context or depositing your data files in tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record), maintained by the Center for Digital Antiquity. Open Context offers cross-linking with book publications as part of their model, and they also offer editorial and peer review services for dataset publication.  Datasets, images, documents, and other digital files deposited in tDAR can be linked to UPC publications through permanent URLs created for tDAR records and files in the repository. We are happy to link your book project with your dataset in cooperation with either Open Context or tDAR, and we encourage you to start thinking about depositing and/or publishing your data now!
We are currently encouraging and accepting submissions on the history of the American West, with a particular emphasis on the following areas:
$ 25.00
The winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $1000, publication in the next summer, plus royalties on sales of hardcover, paperback, and ebook editions. All who enter will receive a complimentary copy of the winning book. The judge reserves the right to declare no winnerTo enter the competition, please follow these guidelines:

  • Your manuscript must be 50 to 100 pages
  • It must be your original poetry in English
  • There are no restrictions on form or subject, and the Swenson Award is not limited to first-book submissions; several of our winners have been first-book authors, but others have not.
  • Submission deadline: September 30 
  • When you enter your cover letter in Submittable, include your name, address, phone, and email address. This info will not be shared with readers or the judge.
  • Please create a PDF from your manuscript, with all identifying information removed; cover letters and other information will not be shared with readers or the judge
  • Create a Submittable account and load your manuscript in PDF form
  • We are actively encouraging and accepting submissions on a variety of topics related to the environment, nature, and natural history of the American West, with a particular emphasis on the Rocky Mountain region.