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Manuscript Review Workshops

Currently accepting applications for a Manuscript Review Workshop to be held Spring 2020. Deadline for applications: Monday, October 14, 2019.

The Manuscript Review Workshops at the Stanford Humanities Center are designed to provide timely feedback to faculty members who are preparing monographs or other academic manuscripts of similar scope for submission for publication.

The program is open to tenured and tenure-track Stanford faculty in the humanities whose work has an interdisciplinary focus in any area or period, is near completion, and is still in a position to benefit substantially from review. Preference is given to untenured, tenure-track faculty whose work has not already undergone a formal external review process (e.g., by a potential press). Because of limited resources, postdoctoral fellows, lecturers, emeriti, and visiting scholars are not eligible for the program.

A three-hour seminar forms the heart of the program. In consultation with the author, two external reviewers and several Stanford faculty members from different disciplines are invited to read the work in advance. The Humanities Center gathers the author and reviewers for an afternoon of discussion followed by an informal dinner. Readers provide collegial, constructive criticism to assist the author in developing strategies to strengthen the work and place it for publication. The Humanities Center covers all the costs for the program, including copying and distributing the manuscript, travel accommodations and honoraria for the two external reviewers, and the dinner following the meeting.

Individual faculty members who are interested in applying to the program should submit a letter of inquiry including:

  • brief description of the project – no more than 1,000 words
  • timeline for completion
  • short list of possible external reviewers
  • external and internal funding received thus far
  • whether manuscript has undergone prior review process; if yes, please elaborate
  • up-to-date curriculum vitae

Starting in September 2019, the Manuscript Review Workshops will move from a rolling deadline to fixed application deadlines (see below). 

We are currently accepting applications for a Spring 2020 manuscript workshop. The deadline for a Spring 2020 workshop is MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019. 

If you are interested in applying for a workshop to take place during the Spring Quarter 2020, please submit your application to Kelda Jamison ( by this date. If you have questions, please email or call Kelda (650-724-8106). 

Upcoming application deadlines:

The application deadline for a Fall 2020 workshop is March 15, 2020
The application deadline for a Winter 2021 workshop is June 25, 2020.
The application deadline for a Spring 2021 workshop is Oct. 15, 2020.