Northern Illinois University Press: Mission Statement
Since its founding in 1965, Northern Illinois University Press’s mission has been to support and enhance the reputation and research mission of the University by publishing outstanding works of scholarship for a global audience. NIU Press also promotes understanding of the Midwest through books on regional history and culture.
What the NIU Press Publishes
NIU Press, with more than 600 books currently in print, publishes scholarly and trade books on a variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences. In fulfilling its educational mission, the Press publishes books for both specialists and general readers.
The Press has long published major works in its series on Slavic and East European studies. In addition to its Orthodox Christian Studies series the Press has informal series in religion and philosophy, drugs and alcohol, and Southeast Asian studies. NIU Press also publishes books about American and European history and the Midwest region of the United States. Under its Switchgrass Book imprint, the Press publishes a limited number of novels with Midwestern settings and themes.
How to Submit a Manuscript
We at Northern Illinois University Press welcome book proposals and inquiries concerning manuscripts appropriate for our list. An author should submit (preferably via email) a brief prospectus, consisting of a table of contents, an introduction, a sample chapter, and vita to the appropriate editor. We cannot accept unsolicited manuscripts sent by e-mail or return unsolicited manuscripts sent via mail. Please note that our authors usually have professional credentials and that we do not publish unsolicited poetry.
Russian Studies, European History, Religion, History of Religion, and Philosophy:
Amy Farranto, Editor
U.S. and General History, Literature, Regional Trade, and Asian Studies:
Linda Manning, Director
Orthodox Christian Series. While NIU Press has a long-standing tradition of publishing books about the Russian Orthodox faith, this series will offer a global view of Orthodox Christianity—from East-West relations to studies of the faith in Churches around the world. The series editor is Roy Robson, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Members of the editorial board includ: Predrag Metejic (Ohio State University), Vera Shevzov (Smith College), Stephen J. Shoemaker (University of Oregon), Theofanis Stavrou (University of Minnesota), and Christine Worobec (Northern Illinois University). Please contact Amy Farranto regarding manuscript submissions. The first book in this series will be published in Fall 2009.
Switchgrass Books. Switchgrass Books is committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of the Midwest by offering a forum for publishing dynamic, original voices of literary fiction. With its roots in the rich soil of the Midwest, Switchgrass will be the premier publisher for authors and readers of novels grounded in the region.
Please visit the Switchgrass web site for submission guidelines.
Over the years NIU Press has published numerous award-winning books. Following is a list of books and awards earned since 2000.
The Blue Kind
• Midwest Book Award in the Fiction: Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal category
Between God and Tsar: Religious Symbolism and the Royal Women of Muscovite Russia
• Heldt Prize, Association of Women in Slavic Studies, 2002
• Ohio Academy of History Outstanding Publication Award, 2002
Beyond the Eyes of the World: Mexico and the 1968 Olympic Games
Kevin B. Witherspoon
• North American Society for Sport History Book Award, 2009
The Colonial Moment: Discoveries and Settlements in Modern American Poetry
• Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2005
Converging Worlds: Religion and Community in Peasant Russia, 1861-1917
Chris J. Chulos
• Samuel Ostrowsky Award in Humanities, 2003-2004 (for best piece of work produced by a faculty member in the School of Liberal Studies at Roosevelt University)
Crusading Liberal: Paul H. Douglas of Illinois
• Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2003
Divine Sovereignty: The Origins of Modern State Power
• Honorable Mention, American Political Science Association First Book Prize, 2001
Holy Fathers, Secular Sons: Clergy, Intelligentsia, and the Modern Self in Revolutionary Russia
• Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize,AAASS and the Stanford University Center for Russian and East European Studies, 2009 (the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences)
Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia
• Ohio Academy of History Outstanding Publication Award Winner, 2008
“Godless Communists”: Atheism and Society in Soviet Russia, 1917–1932
William B. Husband
• Outstanding Academic Title, Choice 2000
An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln
Mark E. Steiner
• Award of Superior Achievement, Illinois State Historical Society, 2006
• “Best of the Best of the University Presses”, American Library Association, 2006
Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People
• Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2006
In the First Line of Battle: The 12th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War
Samuel M. Blackwell, Jr.
• Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2002
Lincoln, Religion, and Romantic Cultural Politics
• Barondess/Lincoln Prize, Civil War Round Table of New York, 2004
Love and Conquest: Personal Correspondence of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigory Potemkin
Douglas Smith, editor and translator
• Heldt Prize, Association of Women in Slavic Studies, 2004 (best translation)
Making Milwaukee Mightier: Planning and the Politics of Growth 1910–1960
John M. McCarthy
• Gambrinus Prize, Milwaukee County Historical Society, 2010
Merging Lines: American Railroads, 1900–1970
Richard Saunders, Jr.
• George W. and Constance M. Hilton Book Award, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, 2002
The Once and Future Budapest
• Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2006
Possessed: Women, Witches, and Demons in Imperial Russia
Christine D. Worobec
• Heldt Prize, Association of Women in Slavic Studies, 2001
Sal Maglie: Baseball’s Demon Barber
• Best Biography, Society of Midland Authors, 2008
Saving the Heartland: Catholic Missionaries in Rural America
• Honorable Mention, Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award, 2003
Season of Water and Ice
• Michigan Notable Book Award, 2010
• Finalist, Midwest Book Award, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, 2010
Slaves, Sailors, Citizens: African Americans in the Union Navy
Steven J. Ramold
• Honorable Mention, Peter Seaborg Award, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, 2003
Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia
Michael S. Gorham
• Outstanding Academic Title, Choice 2003
• Best Book in Literature and Culture 2004 (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages)
“Whores and Thieves of the Worst Kind”: A Study of Women, Crime, and Prisons, 1835–2000
L. Mara Dodge
• Award of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, 2003
Working the Rough Stone: Freemasonry and Society in Eighteenth-Century Russia
• William W. Reese II Memorial Book Award, 1999-2000