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.