Submitting a proposal to NHP


The Series Editors and Editorial Board welcome proposals for new NHP titles. Proposals may include full-size monographs and edited collections of up to 100,000 words. The NHP series also publishes shorter monographs (50-60,000 words) where this is an appropriate length for a topic.

Many NHP authors are publishing their first book, and editorial mentoring and Author Workshops are designed to support authors in the transition from PhD to monograph. Equally, the Series Editors also welcome proposals for second books from authors within 10 years of completing their doctorates.

Eligibility and submitting a proposal

All early career historians who have received their doctoral degree from a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland within the last ten years are eligible to submit proposals to New Historical Perspectives. This includes for second books written within 10 years of completion of a PhD.

To make a submission, please complete the NHP Proposal Form and send this together with:

  • at least one sample chapter
  • an academic CV for the author/editor(s)

to the RHS Academic Director:

What happens after submission of a proposal?

Book proposals are circulated to the Series Editors for first review and then to full editorial board. If the board agrees, the proposal will then be sent to two external peer reviewers to comment in detail on the proposed book, and whether it is a good fit for the NHP series.

When proposals are not accepted, the Editors aim to provide brief feedback on the project for when it’s sent to another publisher. On occasions, authors are encouraged to resubmit a proposal to NHP after revision.

Authors whose proposals are accepted will then by issued with a contract from the University of London Press. They will also be assigned an academic contact on the NHP editorial board who will act as a guide in the process of writing the book manuscript. Authors will be provided with full details of the Series’ style conventions and advice on choosing a suitable Open Access licence for their final book.

When the project is within six months of its expected completion, arrangements will be made for the Author Workshop which brings together specialist historians to discuss a full draft, prior to revision and submission of the final manuscript.