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 the prairies of Canada), and comparable regions of other continents. We publish peer reviewed regional scholarship shaped by national and international events and comparative studies.
Neither topic nor discipline limits the scope of NDSU Press publications. We consider manuscripts in any field of learning. We define our scope, 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). Where regions abroad are treated, either for comparison or because of ties to those North American regions of primary concern to the press, the linkages are made plain. For nearly three-quarters of a century, NDSU Press has published substantial trade books, but the line of publications is not limited to that genre. We also publish textbooks (at any level), reference books, anthologies, reprints, papers, proceedings, and monographs. The press also considers works of poetry or fiction, provided they are established regional classics or they promise to assume landmark or reference status for the region. We select biographical or autobiographical works carefully for their prospective contribution to regional knowledge and culture. All publications, in whatever genre, are of such quality and substance as to embellish the imprint of NDSU Press.
Our name changed to North Dakota State University Press in January 2016. Prior to that, and since 1950, we published as the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies Press. We continue to operate under the umbrella of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, located at North Dakota State University.
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North Dakota State University
Primary editor/Contact person
Suzzanne Kelley, PhD
Editor in Chief
fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation
We seek manuscripts that contribute to scholarly knowledge or public consciousness of the Great Plains region.
Recent Awards Received
North Dakota Document Award
Minnesota Book Award Finalist
Larry Woiwode, John Bluemle, Tom Isern
We accept submissions year-round, fee free.
As for copyright, we currently name NDSU Press as the copyright holder for all works, which is traditional for university presses. Coming from previous employment with a literary press, I have some qualms about our copyright practice when it comes to works of poetry and literary fiction. This is a dilemma to sort out soon.
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20% Hardcover, 75% Paperback, 5% Chapbook
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