These guidelines are for Fernwood’s publishing program. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for Roseway Publishing, please review those guidelines here.
Fernwood Publishing is, first and foremost, a social justice publisher. It is our goal to publish books that contribute to the effort to bring about social and political change. As such, we are looking for books that present a critical analysis of our society—analyses that recognize the roles of capitalism, patriarchy, racism and homo/transphobia (amongst others) in the creation and perpetuation of social problems, such as poverty, violence and climate change. We expect our books to challenge existing norms and consider alternatives.
Fernwood is a non-fiction publisher that specializes in books dealing with Activism and Social Change, Economics, Indigenous Resistance and Decolonization, International Development, Politics, Social Work, Women and Feminism and more (for a full listing see the ‘search by topic’ option on our home page). While these are our primary topic areas, we are interested in any manuscript that provides a critical analysis of our society.
Many of our books are used by academics and are widely adopted as course texts in colleges and universities within the Humanities and Social Sciences. However, we also publish books for a wider audience, from the politically and socially engaged activist to the concerned general reader.
If you believe your book idea or completed manuscript fits with Fernwood’s publishing goals, send us a proposal and we will consider it for publication.
We require a formal proposal in order to assess your manuscript and its fit with Fernwood’s publishing program — full manuscripts will not be accepted. The proposal is an important step in the publishing process as it gives the editorial committee the opportunity to evaluate your manuscript and writing style in order to make an informed decision about publication. Your proposal should be written as clearly and concisely as possible, without academic jargon.
We receive a large number of proposals and the review and assessment process is complex and time-consuming, especially for proposals that are sent out for external review. While we try to deal with proposals as quickly as possible, our reply time is approximately 3-4 months.
Please submit your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your proposal should be about 4 to 5 double-spaced pages and must contain the following components:
Fernwood publishes a number of series. Click here for more information about each of these series in order to determine if your book would fit. You can also ‘search by series’ to see the kinds of books have been published in each of the series.
Thank you for your interest in Fernwood Publishing.