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Aspiring Authors

SCM Press publishes books in theology, religious studies, biblical studies, philosophy and ethics. Our list includes everything from core texts to research monographs. Our main target markets are universities and theological education, both UK and worldwide. The guidelines below offer information for those who are contracted authors, and those who are seeking to publish.

Please don't send us proposals for dissertations, fiction, poetry, drama, children's books, books of specialist local interest, or - as a general rule - multi-authored collections of essays or symposium papers.

  • Please look at our current titles carefully before submitting your manuscript to ensure that we are the publisher best suited to publish your work.
  • In the first instance, please send the contents page of your manuscript, a short synopsis and a first chapter to the commissioning editor. Please do not send us an entire manuscript.
  • Within reason we will be happy to return material to you provided that you enclose a stamped-addressed envelope.

SCM Press Guidelines for submitting a Book Proposal

Guidelines for Contracted Authors

Once your proposal has been agreed by the commissioning editor we will send you a contract along with our author guidelines and author questionnaire. The guide for authors provides extensive information about preparing your manuscript and disk, our house-style, indexing, and permissions, for example.

It is vital that you inform either the commissioning editor or the editorial manager if you are unlikely to meet the submission date.

It is important that you adhere to our house-style when preparing your text, as this will make the editorial process as easy as possible for the copy-editor.

The editorial manager will contact you shortly after contracts have been exchanged with a proposed publication date, production schedule, and information about who will be copy-editing your book. We will also let you know when you can expect your set of proofs to arrive.

If you have any questions about your manuscript/book please contact us

Please do not send us originals of manuscripts, disks, photographs, illustrations or anything else. We cannot accept responsibility for irreplaceable materials.

SCM Press House Style Guide

SCM Press Guidelines for Authors

SCM Press Guide to Sales and Marketing for Authors

Benefits of being an SCM author

As an author of SCM Press you may order titles from any of the publishers held at Norwich Books and Music - our distributor - and receive the following discounts:


STANDARD Author Discounts

SCM, CP, CHP and standard/general books


Diaries, Stationery, Hymnbooks




Liturgical/Common Worship


Print on Demand/Short run


Harper Collins Religious titles



Call Norwich Books and Music on 00 44 (0) 1603 785925;

e-mail orders@norwichbooksandmusic.co.uk to place your order.

Please identify yourself as an author.

Author E-Bulletin

To keep our authors up-to-date we send out updates by email. If you are not receiving them, and would like to, please e-mail nicola@hymnsam.co.uk.