Information for Current Authors:

Click here to download a summary of guidelines for current Polity authors. It is essential that you are familiar with the information in this brief document before you begin writing.

Click here to download the full guidelines for current Polity authors. This contains information on topics such as formatting, referencing, permissions clearance, use of figures, stages of the production process, etc. If it does not answer your questions, of course don’t hesitate to contact your editor.

If you have queries relating to the promotion and publicity of your book, please contact the relevant member of our marketing team.

Queries relating to marketing in the Americas:

Lydia Davis

101 Station Landing, Suite #300
Medford, MA 02155
Tel: + 1 781 388 8529

Queries relating to marketing in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world:

Polity Marketing
9600 Garsington Rd
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 476701

Information about Proposal Submissions:

If you have an idea for a book, or are currently writing, and you would like to submit an outline or proposal, please contact the appropriate commissioning editor at the Polity Editorial Office in Cambridge (details below).

Please note: Polity does not publish fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, or articles. We prefer to receive proposals via email. Please keep a copy of your submission. We can return hard copies of proposals/sample chapters only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope, otherwise we will not be able to return unsolicited manuscripts.

Decision time regarding evaluation of proposals can vary from as little as a few weeks to several months.

Proposals should give a brief synopsis of the central arguments and themes of the book, and it is very helpful for us to have the following information included:

  • proposed working title (the title should give a clear indication of the content of the book);
  • chapter-by-chapter outline;
  • the estimated length (in thousands of words, including bibliography);
  • a realistic delivery date;
  • an outline for the proposed market, including which subject group(s) the book is aimed at; the names of particular courses on which the book might be used; the level at which the book is aimed. Think in international terms (e.g. Whether your book would be appropriate for the North American market);
  • information on whether your book is designed to be a research monograph, supplementary reading, a core textbook, or a book for general readers;
  • information on the main competing titles and how your proposed book is different.
Polity Editorial
65 Bridge Street
Tel: +44 (0)1223 324315
Fax: +44 (0)1223 461385