For Authors

Editorial Program

Choosing the appropriate publisher for your book is an important part of the publication process. Publishers specialize, and a publishing house with a strong list in the academic or geographical area about which you are writing will do the best job of editing, producing, and marketing your book.

The University of Hawai‘i Press editorial program focuses on books in the humanities, social sciences, and life and earth sciences in areas that include history, religion, anthropology, literature, art and architecture, the environment, and language arts. The Press has an especially distinguished list in Asian studies and is recognized as a leader in the fields of Buddhist studies and Southeast Asian studies. We are the preeminent publisher of scholarly works on Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, and we are known for our regional guidebooks and maps. In addition to these core strengths we are seeking to expand our acquisitions in the areas of environmental studies, indigenous studies, popular culture, and language learning texts.

If you have a manuscript or proposal, we invite you to contact the appropriate editor from the following list. Whatever the outcome, we thank you for your interest in the publishing program of the University of Hawai‘i Press.

Pamela Kelley, Executive Editor  •  (808) 956-6207;

  • East Asian literature, fiction in translation, cinema; anthropology, sociology
  • South and Southeast Asian studies

Series:  Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory; Critical Interventions; Modern Korean Fiction

Stephanie Chun, Acquisitions Editor  •  (808) 956-8695;

  • East Asian language and reference, religion, history, philosophy
  • Buddhist studies

Series:  Asia Pop!;  Contemporary Buddhism (formerly Topics in Contemporary Buddhism); Dimensions of Asian Spirituality; Hawai‘i Studies on KoreaKuroda Institute Classics in East Asian Buddhism and Studies in East Asian Buddhism

Masako Ikeda, Acquisitions Editor •  (808) 956-8696;

  • Asian American studies
  • Hawaiian studies
  • Pacific Islands studies
  • World history

Series:  Indigenous Pacifics; Perspectives on the Global Past; Topics in the Contemporary Pacific; Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies; Food in Asia and the Pacific; Music and Performance Arts in Asia and the Pacific; New Oceania Literary Series


Debra Tang, Editorial Associate  •  (808) 956-8694;

Emma Ching, Editorial Associate • (808) 956-6426;

Author Guidelines

Submitting a Query/Proposal/Manuscript

The acquisitions editors welcome a proposal from you at any stage in the development of your manuscript. As a first step, send a short, informative letter or e-mail that includes (1) a clear and concise description of your work and its outstanding features; (2) your sense of the audience you are trying to address; (3) a word count and the number of illustrations, tables, and so forth that you envision including; (4) a brief paragraph about yourself; (5) the current status of the manuscript and the date you expect to complete it; (6) a copy of the table of contents and, if available, a representative sample chapter. Do not send a complete manuscript unsolicited. Send your documents by e-mail or mail to the appropriate editor (see above) c/o Editorial Department, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA.

If your proposal appeals and is accepted for further review, you will be asked to submit a complete manuscript. We try to respond to prospective authors as promptly as possible, but we ask your patience. Because of the volume of proposals and manuscripts that we receive, and the expense of postage, we are unable to return manuscripts unless you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Be sure to send us a clean copy of your manuscript, not the original.

After initial evaluation in-house, each manuscript deemed worthy is sent for peer review to two external readers—experts in appropriate fields of study—who submit detailed reports of their assessments. Manuscripts that receive favorable reports are presented to a faculty editorial board for acceptance or rejection.

If Your Manuscript is Accepted

Once the work is accepted, a contract is drawn up between the author and the press. More often than not, the author is asked to revise the manuscript in response to the suggestions of the peer reviewers. The final form of your manuscript is important. Manuscripts accepted for publication must be prepared electronically. Please consult our Manuscript Preparation and Submission Guidelines and Illustrations and Rights Guidelines. (For more information on copyright and permissions obligations, the Association of American University Presses has prepared this permissions FAQ. You are also welcome to use our sample permission requests for cover art, interior illustrations, and textual material) We ask that authors follow the stylistic guidelines appropriate to their discipline in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

After the press receives the manuscript, it is copy-edited for substance and style, designed, typeset, printed, and bound. The author is given the opportunity to review the copyedited manuscript and later receives page proofs, which allow the author to check for typographical errors and to prepare the index. Because of the high cost of making changes in proof, only corrections of typographical errors are accepted in proof. While the book is being produced, its publication plan (print run, price, and publication date) is developed, promotional copy is written, and a sales campaign is planned.

Modified: September 2014