Prospective Authors

NUS Press looks for academic or trade manuscripts with strong writing, original ideas, and important voices that will impact academic fields as well as influence public discourse. The Press is particularly interested in inter- or cross-disciplinary manuscripts that address these subjects: 

  • Japan and Asia
  • The Chinese overseas and the Chinese diaspora
  • The Malay World
  • The English language
  • Cinema and media studies
  • Art history in Southeast Asian, Asian and global contexts
  • Transnational labour and population issues
  • Violence, trauma and memory
  • Ethnic identity, cultural resources and heritage
  • Popular culture in transnational perspectives
  • Contemporary religion
  • The city, urbanism and the built form 

For more on what we can offer to prospective authors, see Why Publish with NUS Press.

Proposal Submissions

We accept proposals based on how the title fits into our publishing mission, how significant the topic is to scholars working in the field, how we view the market for the book as described, etc. All accepted manuscripts are then subject to a stringent peer review process, and must be approved for publication by the University Publishing Committee, drawn from the NUS faculty. 

We do not accept unrevised dissertations, festschriften, conference proceedings, contemporary fiction or student work. 

We acknowledge receipt of proposals immediately and will let you know within one month if we wish to proceed with obtaining referees’ reports.The peer review process ideally takes two months but on occasion requires up to six months. An editor at the Press will advise you if there is any significant departure from this schedule. Rejected submissions will not be re-evaluated.

If you wish to submit a book proposal, please send a completed proposals form to