NDSU Press seeks manuscript reviewers from all disciplines to serve in our double-blind review process.

If you have an area of expertise that fits with our regional studies mission, please provide a brief description of your research and experience, searchable key terms, institutional affiliation, and contact information. NDSU Press is able to offer a small honorarium in return for your service. Your information will be added to our database, and the editor in chief will contact you should we have a manuscript that is a suitable match for your expertise.


Founded at North Dakota State University in 1950, NDSU Press exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red River Valley, the state of North Dakota, the plains of North America (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and Prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. Good regional scholarship is shaped by national and international events, and by comparative studies.

The scope of NDSU Press publications is not limited by topic or discipline. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. The scope is defined, however, by a regional focus in accord with our mission. Generally, works published by NDSU Press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). In some, fewer instances the regional connection is one of service to a regional organization. Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to the Institute, the linkages should be made plain. Traditionally, NDSU Press has published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. It may also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. We will consider works of poetry or fiction, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. Biographical or autobiographical works are evaluated carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, must be of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of the Institute.

Guidelines for reviewers:
  • What is your overall assessment of the project?
  • Is the general approach and orientation of the work conceptually sound?
  • Is the manuscript logically organized?
  • Should any topics be added, lengthened, deleted, or shortened to make the work more readable, coherent, or complete?
  • Please comment on the author's writing style. Is it clear and interesting? 
  • Scholarship: Is the author's thesis (theses) convincing and supportable given the evidence which is presented?
  • Are there any interpretations which are nonstandard or unusual?
  • Is the manuscript's content factually accurate?
  • Are materials correctly referenced and are the most recent and relevant sources cited?
  • In your opinion does this work make a substantive contribution to regional studies by promoting knowledge and a cultural consciousness among the general population and academic community?
  • Marketability: Do you believe that the manuscript is of potential interest to readers in this region?
  • To what segments of the public do you believe that it might have particular appeal?
  • Is there potential for use of this manuscript in the classroom, and if so, what courses and at what level?
  • Does the work fill a need in its field?
  • Are there any other publications of this type with which this text might compete?
  • How does the present work compare?
  • Conclusion: Do you have any other comments or areas of concern?


Founded at North Dakota State University in 1950 under the name of Institute for Regional Studies Press, North Dakota State University Press (NDSU Press) exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red River Valley, the State of North Dakota, the plains of North America (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and Prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. Good regional scholarship is shaped by national and international events, and by comparative studies.

The scope of NDSU Press publications is not limited by topic or discipline. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. Our scope is defined, however, by a regional focus in accord with the press's mission. Generally, works published by the press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). In some, fewer instances the regional connection is one of service to a regional organization. Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to the Institute, the linkages should be made plain. Traditionally, we have published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We may also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. We will consider works of nonfiction and poetry (please submit to General Submission: Nonfiction) and fiction, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. Biographical or autobiographical works are evaluated carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, must be of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press.

We do not consider simultaneous submissions.  An author submitting a manuscript to NDSU Press signifies thereby that it is not also under consideration at another press.

To complete your submission, you will upload at this site:
  1. Your cover letter, to include: Description of your manuscript or manuscript proposal, chapter titles (if applicable), brief bio.
  2. Your manuscript.
  3. Up to five Image samples for your text, if applicable.

Following internal and external review, authors should be prepared to submit a digital version of the work after it is accepted and necessary revisions have been made.


North Dakota State University Press seeks poetry submissions of any style for our Poetry of the Plains and Prairies chapbook publication. While the author(s) may call any place home, their submissions must deftly capture the feeling of, as well as the reality of, living on the plains and prairies. Authors may submit any number of poems equaling twenty-five to thirty pages in length, with no more than one poem per page. (Single poems may extend more than one page.) The selected poetry collection will be published as a limited edition chapbook, hand-printed with antique letterpress equipment. 

Simultaneous submissions with other presses are not allowed. Authors should include acknowledgement of poems previously published elsewhere. Authors may submit more than one manuscript, but only if there is no overlap in content. Manuscript pages should be numbered, and all work must be of the author's (authors') own composition, free from copyright restrictions. 

The winner of the POPP Award will be offered a standard contract and national distribution. Submissions will be accepted through March 17, 2019. The winning manuscript collection will be announced by May 7, 2019. In the case of unforeseen circumstance, the press reserves the option not to publish a chapbook; all decisions of the press in this matter are final. 

If selected for publication, the author(s) will receive our standard university press publishing contract with royalties, ten free copies, and an author discount on purchases of additional copies. The author(s) must agree to give a public reading at a time and place in North Dakota, convenient to NDSU Press and the author(s), the day of, or soon after, publication. There are no fees to enter this competition.

Please check out the video below if you are interested in this aspect of our chapbook publishing cooperative work with NDSU Press, Allan Burke, and the Braddock New Letterpress Museum.


(Video Courtesy of Sandbagger News, 2017)

Founded at North Dakota State University in 1950 under the name of Institute for Regional Studies Press, North Dakota State University Press (NDSU Press) exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red  River Valley, the State of North Dakota, the plains of North America  (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and Prairies of  Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. Good regional scholarship is shaped by national and international events, and by  comparative studies. 

The scope of NDSU Press publications is not limited by topic or discipline. We consider manuscripts in any field of  learning. Our scope is defined, however, by a regional focus in accord with the press's mission. Generally, works published by NDSU Press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of  new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). In some, fewer instances the regional connection is one of service to a regional organization. Where regions abroad are treated, either for  comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary  concern to NDSU Press, the linkages should be made plain. Traditionally, we have published substantial trade books, but  the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We may also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies,  reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. We will consider works of fiction (please submit to General Submission: Fiction) and poetry, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status  for the region. Biographical or autobiographical works are evaluated  carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, must be of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press. 


Founded at North Dakota State University in 1950 under the name of Institute for Regional Studies Press, North Dakota State University Press (NDSU Press) exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red River Valley, the State of North Dakota, the plains of North America (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and Prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. Good regional scholarship is shaped by national and international events, and by comparative studies.

The scope of NDSU Press publications is not limited by topic or discipline. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. Our scope is defined, however, by a regional focus in accord with the press's mission. Generally, works published by NDSU Press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). In some, fewer instances the regional connection is one of service to a regional organization. Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to NDSU Press, the linkages should be made plain. Traditionally, we have published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We may also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. We will consider works of fiction (please submit to General Submission: Fiction) and poetry, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. Biographical or autobiographical works are evaluated carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, must be of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press.

We do not consider simultaneous submissions.  An author submitting a manuscript to NDSU Press signifies thereby that it is not also under consideration at another press.

To complete your submission, you will upload at this site:
  1. Your cover letter, to include: Description of your manuscript or manuscript proposal, chapter titles (if applicable), brief bio.
  2. Your manuscript.
  3. Up to five Image samples for your text, if applicable.

Following internal and external review, authors should be prepared to submit a digital version of the work after it is accepted and necessary revisions have been made.


We seek authentic stories and scholarly works of Native Americans, First Nations peoples, Maori, Aborigine, and more to give voice to contemporary Indigenous peoples. What is YOUR authentic story?

Co-edited by Drs. Suzzanne Kelley (Editor in Chief) and Michael Yellow Bird (Director of Indigenous Tribal Studies), NDSU Press considers book-length manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for publication. Authors selected through our blind peer review process are offered our standard author contract and national distribution.

Founded at North Dakota State University in 1950 under the name of Institute for Regional Studies Press, North Dakota State University Press (NDSU Press) exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red River Valley, the State of North Dakota, the plains of North America (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and Prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. Good regional scholarship is shaped by national and international events, and by comparative studies.

The scope of NDSU Press publications is not limited by topic or discipline. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. Our scope is defined, however, by a regional focus in accord with the press's mission. Generally, works published by NDSU Press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). In some, fewer instances the regional connection is one of service to a regional organization. Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to NDSU Press, the linkages should be made plain. Traditionally, we have published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We may also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. We will consider works of fiction (please submit to General Submission: Fiction) and poetry, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. Biographical or autobiographical works are evaluated carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, must be of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press.

We do not consider simultaneous submissions.  An author submitting a manuscript to NDSU Press signifies thereby that it is not also under consideration at another press.

To complete your submission, you will upload at this site:
  1. Your cover letter, to include: Description of your manuscript or manuscript proposal, chapter titles (if applicable), brief bio.
  2. Your manuscript.
  3. Up to five Image samples for your text, if applicable.

Following internal and external review, authors should be prepared to submit a digital version of the work after it is accepted and necessary revisions have been made.



For this series, the North Dakota State University Press seeks traveler’s guides to the heritage landscapes of North Dakota and the northern plains. Guidebooks in the series should focus on particular regions or themes, directing travelers to salient features, informing them about the history and culture associated with them, and interpreting the regional experience. While writing to the literate public, authors are expected to draw on good scholarly literature and commend it to the public. They also are expected to have gone over the ground, so that they speak with authority and familiarity.

Editor for this series is Dr. Tom Isern, University Distinguished Professor and founding director of the NDSU Center for Heritage Renewal. Dr. Isern works with authors in the formative and developmental stages of their work, advising them on crafting proposals and submissions that meet mission and guidelines for the series. Submissions for the Heritage Guide Series then go through the regular submission process of the press.

Founded at North Dakota State University in 1950 under the name of Institute for Regional Studies Press, North Dakota State University Press (NDSU Press) exists to stimulate and coordinate interdisciplinary regional scholarship. These regions include the Red River Valley, the State of North Dakota, the plains of North America (comprising both the Great Plains of the United States and Prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. Good regional scholarship is shaped by national and international events, and by comparative studies.

The scope of NDSU Press publications is not limited by topic or discipline. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. Our scope is defined, however, by a regional focus in accord with the press's mission. Generally, works published by NDSU Press address regional life directly, as the subject of study. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information, or interpretation of regional experience). In some, fewer instances the regional connection is one of service to a regional organization. Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to NDSU Press, the linkages should be made plain. Traditionally, we have published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We may also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. We will consider works of fiction (please submit to General Submission: Fiction) and poetry, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. Biographical or autobiographical works are evaluated carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, must be of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press.

We do not consider simultaneous submissions.  An author submitting a manuscript to NDSU Press signifies thereby that it is not also under consideration at another press.

To complete your submission, you will upload at this site:
  1. Your cover letter, to include: Description of your manuscript or manuscript proposal, chapter titles (if applicable), brief bio.
  2. Your manuscript.
  3. Up to five Image samples for your text, if applicable.

Following internal and external review, authors should be prepared to submit a digital version of the work after it is accepted and necessary revisions have been made.






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