California Press International Publishing Competition

This is an annual competition so this might be something to consider in future as a means to getting published.

Public Anthropology


The California Series in Public Anthropology encourages scholars in a range of disciplines to discuss major public issues in ways that help the broader public understand and address them. Two presidents (Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton) as well as three Nobel Laureates (Amartya Sen, Jody Williams, and Mikhail Gorbachev) have contributed to the Series either through books or forwards. Its list includes such prominent authors as Paul Farmer co-founder of Partners in Health, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard and United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti.

Each year the Series highlights a particular problem in its international competitive call for manuscripts. The focus this year will be on INEQUALITY IN AMERICA

We are particularly interested in authors who convey both the problems engendered by inequality as well as ways for addressing it. Prospective authors might ask themselves: How they can make their study “come alive” to a range of readers. They might, for example, focus on the lives of a few, select individuals tracing the problems they face and how, to the best of their abilities, they cope with them. Prospective authors might examine a specific institution and how, in various ways, it perpetuates inequality. Or authors might describe a particular group that seeks to address a particular facet of the problem. There is no restriction on how prospective authors address the topic of Inequality in America – only an insistence that it be presented in a way that attracts a range of readers into thinking thoughtfully about the issue (or issues) raised. The book’s primary intended audiences tend to be college students as well as the general public.

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will review proposals for publication independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future or work that is currently underway. The proposals submitted to the competition should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter. We expect the completed, publishable manuscripts to be between 200-250 pages (or 60,000-80,000 words) excluding footnotes and references. Examples of the types of analyses we are looking for might be:

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois
Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich,
Someplace Like America: Tales From the New Great Depression by Dale Maharidge
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz

We are interested in establishing committed, supportive relationships with authors that insures their books are not only published but are well publicized and recognized both within and beyond the academy. We are committed to insuring the success of winning proposals.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 17, 2014 Submissions should be emailed to: with the relevant material enclosed as attachments. They can also be sent to: Book Series, 707 Kaha Street, Kailua, HI. Questions regarding the competitions should be directed to Dr. Rob Borofsky at:

All entries will be judged by the Co-Editors of the California Series in Public Anthropology: Rob Borofsky (Center for a Public Anthropology & Hawaii Pacific University) and Naomi Schneider (University of California Press)