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Guidelines for Submitting Proposals and Manuscripts to the AUC Press

The AUC Press publishes books relating to Egypt and the Middle East, in twelve broad areas:

  • Arabic Language Learning
  • Archaeology & Ancient Egypt  
       AUC Eastern Mediterranean Site Reports
  • Art & Architecture
  • Business, Economics, and Environmental Studies
  • Coptic and Islamic Studies
  • Egypt Guidebooks
  • Fiction
  • History
  • Literary Criticism
  • Middle East Studies
  • Middle East Travel
  • Naguib Mahfouz

We do not publish children’s books.

► Please send a full outline and proposal with:

  • description of the book
  • table of contents (with brief descriptions of chapter contents)
  • note on the target audience and the importance of the book and what distinguishes it from other books covering the same or related topics
  • projection of the number of words in the manuscript (rather than number of pages)
  • number and type of illustrations
  • a sample chapter
  • your expected completion date

We would also appreciate having your CV or brief bio. After reviewing the proposal we will be able to make an initial publishing decision, to be confirmed in due course by a complete review of the finished manuscript.

Following are submission guidelines for both nonfiction and fiction. Please make sure your project meets our requirements and publishing programs before submitting material.



The AUC Press publishes Arabic fiction in English translation as recommended to us by a board of distinguished literary advisors. We do not accept submissions from authors, but we will consider proposals from translators.



As a university publisher, the AUC Press requires that all scholarly manuscripts and proposals be submitted, reviewed, and approved by our International Advisory Review Board, made up of academics from a variety of disciplines at the American University in Cairo and specialist advisors from academic institutions worldwide.

As such, manuscripts by academics are rigorously reviewed for level of scholarship, quality of research, and originality. We are happy to consider proposals or partial manuscripts, and to encourage and guide writers if a proposal seems good to us.

Because of mailing costs, we cannot send printed materials such as books and manuscripts back to every person who has sent us a submission. Please send proposals to:


Nadia Naqib
Subject areas: Architecture, Economics, History, Literary Criticism, Middle East Studies (anthropology, culture, education, international relations, migration/refugee studies, politics, sociology, urban studies).
Tel: (+20 2) 2797-6887

Tarek Ghanem

Subject areas: Arabic Language Learning, Archaeology & Ancient Egypt, Art, Business & Environmental Studies, Coptic & Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies (gender studies, language studies, law)
Tel: (+20 2) 2797-5014

Nadine El-Hadi

Subject area: Fiction
Tel: (+20 2) 2797-6642

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For information on formatting, style, and permissions guidelines, please review our “Guide for Authors.”


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