University of Guam Press Submissions Guidelines

University of Guam Press Submissions Guidelines

UOG Press Publishing Services and Submissions Guidelines

The University of Guam Press welcomes manuscript submissions from both new and previously published authors. We are interested in academic and literary manuscripts in all genres and fields of study with a preferred focus on Guam and Micronesia. All manuscripts undergo a blind review (meaning both the authors and reviewers are not identified to each other) by a team of expert reviewers selected based on the content, genre and goals of the manuscript. Please note that the review process may take six to nine months.

Publishing Services

When a manuscript has been accepted for publication, UOG Press provides the following services:  

  • Copy and content editing
  • Illustration/photography (if needed)
  • Graphic layout and design of cover and interior pages
  • Printing
  • Book storage and distribution to a worldwide audience
  • Marketing and promotion

Authors are actively engaged throughout each stage of the publishing process. They are provided royalties at industry-standard rates.  

UOG Press also welcomes proposals for publishing partnerships and provides publishing services to other organizations and self-published authors. These proposals are also reviewed a by a board of expert reviewers.  

A submission must include:

  • Cover Letter – an introductory letter with author/editor name(s) and contact details (note: author/editor name(s) and contact information must be omitted from the description, table of contents, manuscript and illustrations/photographs).
  • Author/Editor Biography – a brief biography including credentials, expertise, and previous publications (if applicable).
  • Description – a description of the book that includes the focus of the book, what makes the book unique, why the book is needed, a comparison of the book against similar books already available, and an explanation of who will read the book and why. Please include the word count of the complete manuscript and omit all information that will identify the book’s author(s)/editor(s).
  • Table of Contents (omit author/editor name(s) and other identifying information)
  • A Manuscript – a final, edited draft of the full-text of the manuscript (omit author/editor name(s) and other identifying information).
  • Sample illustrations or photographs – if applicable, please provide digital images/illustrations (omit name(s) and other identifying information; if the manuscript is accepted and does not have illustrations/photography but they are needed, UOG Press will work with the author to find an illustrator or photographer).

Formatting and other Requirements:

  • All manuscripts must be original works.
  • Academic works must follow a consistent formatting style (APA, MLA or Chicago styles preferred), to include properly formatted citations and references.
  • Manuscripts must be thoroughly edited before submission and may be returned for further editing at the Press’ discretion. Be sure to edit for grammar as well as consistency in the spelling of place names, words in other languages, tense, voice, point of view (except if it is a literary technique in a creative text), and capitalization.
  • Information presented as fact must be accurate – fact-check all cultural and historical references and cite their sources.
  • If the work has been previously published, the author must have an agreement with the previous publisher to allow for reprint.
  • If the manuscript includes artwork, images, and writing by other authors, written permission for use is needed prior to entering a contract for publication. The publisher reserves the right to secure permission from people who appear in photographs used in the publication.
  • We will not accept manuscripts that include cultural misrepresentations or exaggerations, racist notions/remarks/points of view, unfounded claims, libel, slander, or defamation of character.

How to Submit  

We would prefer to receive submissions via email at  

If this is not possible, submissions may be sent to:
University of Guam Press, Micronesian Area Research Center
303 University Drive (UOG Station)
Mangilao, Guam 96923

If you choose to mail your submission, the manuscript must be typed. Please be sure that your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address are on the manuscript and that your name is on the back of each piece of art.


All submissions will be vetted by a review board, which will consider the content, subject matter, suitability, and marketability of the manuscript. The author's identity is omitted during the review process to ensure the review is based on the quality of the manuscript. If the work is of sufficient quality for publication, an editor will contact the author. Each manuscript is individually reviewed, usually by two editors and a review board. Thus, the consideration may take six to nine months.