UAlberta Press is a contemporary, award-winning publisher of scholarly and creative books distinguished by their editorial care, exceptional design, and global reach.


  • Fall 2020 Catalogue
    Our Fall 2020 catalogue is available for download, featuring exceptional books in the areas of Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies, Intercultural Studies, Oral History, and Poetry. Please note that we are publicizing two important changes in the catalogue: a new office address and a new US distributor. We were only in our new office space for […]
  • Featured reviews of “The Stories Were Not Told”
    “The book is a melding of Semchuk’s personal journey, visual art, narrative, and recall…. The Stories Were Not Told is an intriguing composition, stimulating thought and offering an artistic integrative approach to history and culture…. This grounding of the human experience through a variety of approaches reveals more than history per se.” [Full review] Keith […]
  • Literary Cocktails: The Virtual Edition
    Literary Cocktails was bigger than ever this year, with over 160 people pre-registering and close to 120 signing in on May 14, from NWT to California, from BC to Nova Scotia. If you couldn’t make it, the recorded version is here. Michelle Lobkowicz, our new Acquisitions Editor for Humanities and Literature, was our MC and we […]
  • Provincial Budget Cuts Lead to Staff Reductions at UAlberta Press
    When Alberta’s provincial government delivered its budget on February 27, 2020 we learned that the University of Alberta was facing an 11% cut to its budget, following a 6.9% in-year cut last fall.  As a result of these devastating cuts, the university is laying off hundreds of valued employees and UAlberta Press–a unit of the […]
  • Poetry Month 2020 | From Coast to Coast
    UAlberta Press is celebrating Poetry Month with four new collections of poetry, representing Canada from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. Spoken-word poet Valerie Mason-John unsettles readers with potent images of ongoing trauma from slavery and colonization in I Am Still Your Negro. Her narratives range from the beginnings of the African Diaspora to the story […]
  • Featured Reviews of “Rain Shadow”
    “[Rain Shadow] fits easily into my shelf of place-aware, place-engaged, self-examining literature from the North American West…. Bradley has a real knack for the potent ending. His final lines simultaneously turn his poems and sprout from them, meaning that each piece in this collection tugs you to stop a minute before you move to the […]
  • New US distributor as of June 1, 2020
    From UAlberta Press Director & Publisher, Douglas Hildebrand: “I am pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with Hopkins Fulfillment Services, a division of John Hopkins University Press, for US book distribution and sales representation. In partnering with Hopkins Fulfillment Services, we join a number of other high-profile university presses including Johns Hopkins, […]
  • We Are MOVING!
    After residing in a quiet corner of the North campus of the University of Alberta, we are moving to a more central location. You will find us in Rutherford Library South on March 9, 2020. Our new headquarters has an event space and offices for our current staff as well as ‘touch-down’ desks for interns […]

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We are looking for good books in our areas of interest. Please get to know us and our books through our website. If your work fits our list, we hope you will contact us. If you are ready to submit a proposal, our submissions document will guide you through the process. Our commitment is to add value to our authors' work.



UAP solicits and acquires manuscripts in its fields of interest. The Director and editors pursue this work through personal contact, following up leads and corresponding with potential, current and past authors. 



The author submits a proposal or a finished manuscript for consideration. The proposal or manuscript is assessed internally to determine whether it meets the standards of the Press and whether it is an appropriate project for the Press to pursue. See submissions document. 


academic review

If the manuscript passes internal assessment it is sent for external peer review. The author may also be asked to submit it to the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme (ASPP). 


author revision

After receiving the completed reviews, the author is asked to respond in writing to the reviewers’ comments and make any necessary changes to the manuscript. 


press committee

The UAP Press Committee reviews the reviewers’ reports, the author’s response and other relevant material, and decides whether the manuscript may be published under the imprint of the University of Alberta Press. 


contract and funding 

A book budget is drawn up and project funding is sought and secured as necessary. The Director negotiates a contract with the author. Royalties are paid annually. 



The manuscript is edited for content, organization, style and consistency. The author reviews the edit and works with the editor to finalize the manuscript. The author must clear all permissions for photographs and artwork at this stage. 



The edited manuscript is designed and typeset. A cover design is developed with input from the author; however, the final decision regarding the cover rests with the Press. 


"People here are saying lots of nice things about the appearance of the book, and one person threatens to read it. You can tell a book by its cover, I swear." — Robert Kroetsch, The Hornbooks of Rita K 



The initial proofs are read by the Press’ editor and are simultaneously sent to the author for proofreading and final corrections. The final set of proofs is read by a proofreader. An index is prepared as necessary. 



The book is sent as digital files to the printer for production, which includes electronic proofs, printing and binding, and delivery of bound books. 



The Press promotes its books in its catalogue, sends out copies to appropriate displays, distributes brochures to interested persons, sends review copies to appropriate journals and newspapers, sends out desk copies, and advertises in relevant journals and magazines. 


"Cathie, thanks for all your help (and cheerfulness!)." —Dave Whitson, Writing Off the Rural West 


sales and distribution 

Ampersand Inc. represents the Press in Canada. Orders are filled through Georgetown Terminal Warehouses. In Europe Gazelle Books represents the Press. 


in conclusion

The University of Alberta Press is noted for its strengths in editing, design and marketing. Add in the fact that we are passionate about our work and you have a powerful combination! 


We apologize but we are unable to reply to unsolicited US poetry or fiction submissions.