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For authors:

How can I submit a manuscript?

Pendragon Press invites book proposals from the authors of scholarly or general-interest works on music.  Initial inquiries about publication should be made directly to the appropriate editor at the Press. Please do not send complete manuscripts. For computer security reasons, we do not accept unsolicited email submissions, and any email message containing attachments will be ignored.

Prospectuses should be sent to the following address:

Pendragon Press
Attn: editor
52 White Hill Lane
PO Box 190
Hillsdale, NY 12529

Please submit your proposal to only one editor. Materials will be shared and redistributed among editors if appropriate.

We recommend that a book prospectus include the following:

  • Detailed statement outlining the manuscript’s arguments, themes, and significance to the field
  • Annotated table of contents that clearly develops the content and structure of each chapter
  • Assessment of the work’s fit with existing literature, comparison with published books on the topic, and discussion of the intended audiences and market for the book
  • Statement of the anticipated length of the manuscript; plans for tables, figures, or other illustrations; and schedule for completion
  • Sample chapter (optional)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • If your manuscript is based on a dissertation, please discuss how the material and research has been developed, reframed, or otherwise revised.
  • If your manuscript is an edited collection, please include information about each of the contributors and note if any of the chapters are previously published.

Your proposal will receive an initial review by a Pendragon Press editor. If that editor finds it a suitable match for the publishing program of the press, the editor will send the proposal to outside readers for peer review, a process that can take several weeks.

If you have not heard back from us within eight weeks, contact us again to make sure we have received your material.

For Current Authors:

Pendragon Press is pleased to be publishing your work. We will do our best to carry it through the publishing process as expeditiously as possible and to produce an attractive, high-quality book. We ask that you help us accomplish these goals by taking the time to read the following guidelines and by preparing your manuscript in accordance with them. In addition, below you’ll find all the forms for information we need about you and your manuscript. Please fill these out and return them to us according to the noted deadlines.

Manuscript Preparation: For details on content, style, formatting, and delivery requirements, please see Author Guidelines.

Forms: The following forms are available to aid in producing and marketing your book and to facilitate payment of your royalties.

  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Download Forms
  • Contact Information Sheet
  • Marketing Questionnaire
  • Publication History Questionnaire
  • Permission Request Form
  • IRS Form W-9
  • IRS Form W-7
  • IRS Form W-8BEN
  • IRS Form W-8BEN Instructions