North Dakota State University Press initiated the Contemporary Voices of Indigenous Peoples Series (CVIP) in 2016. The series is edited by Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, a long-time teacher, historian, and publisher. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, an award-winning teacher and scholar, and—since her hire in 2015—the first woman publisher in the seventy-year history of NDSU Press. In her publishing career, Kelley has shepherded more than one hundred books through production, many of them from emerging authors that have gone on to win state, regional, and national awards. 

The vision behind CVIP is to feature the authentic stories, poetry, and scholarly works of Native Americans, First Nations, Maori, Aborigines, Indians, and more to give voice to contemporary Indigenous peoples. Authors are asked to affirm their Indigenous identity and cultural connections. North Dakota State University Press adheres to a solemn commitment to avoid the damaging impact of cultural appropriation.

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.

Published in the series: 

  • Volume 1: Apple in the Middle, Young Adult novel by Dawn Quigley, August 2018
  • Volume 2: Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors, nonfiction by Denise K. Lajimodiere, June 2019
  • Volume 3: His Feathers Were Chains, poetry by Denise K. Lajimodiere, September 2020

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 in MS Word of the work after it is accepted and necessary revisions  have been made.      

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.