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Submissions for Skinner House Books

Submitting a Skinner House Proposal

We are currently seeking proposals on the following topics. Please note that this list is updated frequently and that it is not comprehensive.

  • Leadership development/mentoring in congregations
  • Meditations for readers in certain life stages, moving out of parents' home, first job, marriage, first child, divorce, death of parent, etc.
  • Reframing the theist/atheist dialogue in Unitarian Universalism
  • Introductions to Unitarian Universalism
  • Stories about Unitarian Universalism transforming lives
  • Living a life of faith
  • Innovative worship
  • Congregational hospitality toward visitors and new members
  • Unitarian Universalist theology on sin, confession, reconciliation
  • Connections between pastoral and social justice work
  • Presenting Unitarian Universalism to people from a variety of cultural traditions and religious backgrounds
  • Prayers for daily life
  • Stories of coming into Unitarian Universalism after deep commitment to another faith tradition

Please send in your submission in the form of a query or proposal, addressed to Betsy Martin, bookproposals [at] uua [dot] org.

A query is a way to gauge interest in a book idea before submitting a full proposal. This is appropriate when preparing a proposal would require significant effort (e.g., soliciting contributors for a book of essays). A query should be 1-3 pages long and include the following:

  • Description of the proposed manuscript
  • The author’s qualifications
  • Explanation of why the proposed manuscript is appropriate for the Skinner House audience

A proposal should include:

  • A cover letter that summarizes the proposed manuscript, describes the author’s qualifications, and explains why the proposed manuscript is appropriate for the Skinner House audience
  • A draft table of contents
  • A draft introduction
  • 2 sample draft chapters

Please note:

  • We do not consider unsolicited manuscripts.
  • Unsolicited hard-copy manuscripts will not be returned.
  • All submissions must be sent electronically, with all of the required elements in one document.
  • Due to the large number of submissions we receive, Skinner House is unable to comment in detail on proposals that are declined.

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