Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Please download our complete submission guidelines (PDF format) here. Manuscripts submitted to Princeton Architectural Press should be as complete as possible. Remember that your submission is our only way of evaluating your proposal. We will respond to query letters, but can make no decisions without seeing something more concrete. The following guidelines detail what we hope to see in your submission.

Describe the subject of your manuscript thoroughly. For scholarly books, include a complete table of contents and a detailed outline of these contents. For monographs, include an introductory essay, a list of projects, and samples of photographs and drawings. Samples of your writing, preferably chapters or project descriptions from your proposal, will greatly help us to evaluate your work. How many double-spaced pages will your finished manuscript be? If your manuscript is not yet complete, what is a realistic estimate of its completion? If your book is written, or already published, in a language other than English, please include a reasonable translation sample, enough to give us an idea of the contents and quality of the book (for example, table of contents, introduction, sample chapter, and conclusion). Who would be responsible for the complete translation?

Detail all additional parts of the book: illustrations, tables, bibliography, index, glossary, etc. Photocopies of illustrations are adequate, but, if necessary to understanding the proposal, a selection of photographs and drawings should be included. We encourage digital or electronic submissions, such as PDF files or via proposal-specific websites, but such submissions should also be accompanied by a printout (preferably in color) of the material most pertinent to the project. Do you own the rights to the illustrations? If not, do you have access to the illustrations? Note the approximate illustration count, broken down into black-and-white and color illustrations. Is it necessary to print all of the color illustrations in color?

Evaluate the market for your proposal. Why is your book needed? For whom is it written? Is there a significant international audience for your book? List other books concerning similar topics, and distinguish your book from them. Note any forthcoming exhibitions, events, symposia, etc. that might influence sales of the book.

Enclose complete resumes of all authors and editors. Each should include educational and professional background as well as a list of projects and publications. If you would like your proposal returned to you, you must include a self-addressed envelope with return postage and specify all materials to be returned. Do not send any original or one-of-a-kind materials; we cannot be responsible for their loss, or any claims against them. We discourage oversized proposals (larger than 11 x 17 inches), and prefer standard letter-size (8.5 x 11 inches).

Manuscripts and materials should be sent to:

Editorial Submissions
Princeton Architectural Press
202 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534

We review proposals on a monthly basis, so it may take up to two months for us to send you a reply.

Princeton Architectural Press prides itself on the diversity of its line of books. Our books include many types, from monographs to guidebooks, from reprints to atlases. They cover theory, history, planning, professional practice, and other topics. Though we are willing to review any proposal concerning architecture, landscape architecture, design, or the loosely defined "visual culture" (select "Visual Culture" from the "bestsellers" pull-down menu at the top of this page to get a better idea of the areas we publish in), there are some topics that do not fall into our current line. These include highly technical books and purely academic books, such as unaltered doctoral theses. If you are not sure whether your manuscript fits into our line, please download our latest catalog.

Please rest assured that any proposal sent to us is treated with the utmost confidentiality, and any ideas or materials submitted to us remain the intellectual property of the potential author. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at (

We look forward to your proposal.