We are open to proposals from any discipline or subject area. Due to the rising cost of production, we will only consider work in non-standard formats if it is fully costed.
We continue to welcome work that combines theory, practice and performance.
Publications may include, but are not limited to:
- Short and full-length monographs, single or co-authored, stand-alone or as part of a series
- Creative and life writing, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, journalism
- Audio, visual and/or performance work
- Thought-in-action, provisional or process-capturing work such as briefs, scripts, blogs, storyboards, notebooks, opinion pieces, essays, clips, previews and samples
- Non-standard modes of communication (diary, memoir, manifesto etc)
New Project Proposals
Proposals for monographs, edited collections or book series should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include a completed proposal form.
Proposal forms appropriate to each publication type can be found at the bottom of this page.
All authors and contributors are encouraged to consider the appropriateness of their project to Goldsmiths Press and reflect on this in their proposal form, as this will form part of the editorial review process.
Goldsmiths Press does not publish PhD theses. We encourage early-career researchers to submit project proposals alongside, or with the express support of, an established and already published academic.
While we are happy to discuss potential proposals before they are submitted, we will only consider proposals for monographs or books series that are accompanied by a completed proposal form.
We regret that we are unable to provide extensive feedback on unsuccessful proposals.
Please see the respective forms at the bottom of this page for further information on how to submit a proposal.
Gold SF is dedicated to discovering and publishing new intersectional feminist science fiction, promoting voices that answer to the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves, and orientated towards to social, economic, and environmental justice.
Gold SF, an imprint of Goldsmiths Press, is supported by an Editorial Board comprised of established academics, authors, and experts, chaired by Una McCormack. The other members of our Editorial Board are: Paul March-Russell (co-founder); Abi Curtis; Joan Haran; Elizabeth English; Aishwarya Subramanian; and Sheree Renée Thomas. Former members include: Anne Charnock; Maureen Kincaid Speller, and Robin Reid.
We believe that science fiction, and speculative fictions, offer a mode of critical and utopian thinking that is ideally placed to address contemporary issues. We are therefore looking to commission work which answers to the times, dealing with subjects such as
- Anti-rationalism and the rise of the alt-right
- The climate crisis and feminism in the Age of the Anthropocene
- Global movements of populations and refugees
- New visions of race, class, and queerness
- Expanding frontiers in gender and sexuality
- Decoloniality and indigenous knowledge traditions
- Pathways to resistance and rebellion
Specifics of submissions
We are particularly keen to hear from new voices that have not been traditionally represented by science fiction, literary fiction, and liberal feminism. In addition, we are looking for the following:
- Experimental and innovative novels playing with narrative, linearity, and the politics of form as much as the politics of content
- Word count: 55-75,000
- Initial sample (between 10-15,000 words)
- followed by request for complete manuscript
The Goldsmiths Press Future Media series calls for alternatives to utilitarian and narrowly instrumentalist 'techno solutionism' on media, infrastructural and technoscience futures.
It encourages authors to propose a relatively short, sharp intervention into these futures informed by Black feminist temporalities, anti-racist, anti-ableist, environmental, queer, trans, feminist, collective, and/or speculative approaches.
The Future Media series also makes space for less instrumental forms of imagining and writing about media including prototypes, workbooks, parafiction, poethics, as well as familiar speculative formats such as the manual and manifesto.
Rather than offering quick technological solutions to social problems, the Future Media series is oriented towards practices that embrace complexity and refuses easy, obvious, off-the-peg answers to questions about the forms media might take and how we might live mediated lives.
Authors are encouraged to reflect on how they are writing as well as what they are writing about and are free to explore modes of communication that are engaging and apposite to our goal of contesting the future.
Current publications include: Future Gaming: Creative Interventions in Video Game Culture and Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing
We welcome complete proposals, as well as those that are in the early development stages.
All proposals should be submitted by email along with a completed Future Media series proposal form.
Series editors: Rebecca Coleman and Kat Jungnickel.
The Methods Lab series is committed to pioneering critical and creative research practices in and beyond academia.
It aims to be a multi-dimensional publishing platform to foster experimental open-ended approaches to studying and intervening in the social world.
Through re-purposing and borrowing from inside and outside the academy, it stretches the walls of disciplinary scholarship.
This series’ distinctive edge lies in its approach to research, practice, and publishing.
It is grounded in the idea that it is imperative for contemporary researchers to not only undertake high-quality work, but also to challenge a reliance on standardised, text-based dissemination.
Valuing the dynamic relations between methods and publishing opens up the opportunity to experiment with ways of doing reliable and robust research, and connecting inventively with a diverse becoming of publics.
The series will include, although is not limited to, rapid and open formats, short interventions into a field (such as flash-fiction, booklets, graphic guides) documentation and reflection on research process and practice, and a revitalisation of the essay, as well as books with longer and more sustained arguments.
Thus, we are keen to find (print and digital) formats that are appropriate to the problems and tasks researchers pose and audiences we engage and work with.
The ability to incorporate and foreground still and moving images and audio is essential to the format, as is imperative to support and facilitate work from early career as well as established scholars.
The series will work across physical and virtual sites as necessary.
We welcome complete proposals as well as those that are in the early stages of development.
All proposals should be submitted by email along with a completed Methods Lab series proposal form.
Series editor: Will Davies
Goldsmiths’ Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) seeks to refresh political economy, in the original sense of the term, as a pluralist and critical approach to the study of capitalism.
In doing so it challenges the sense of economics as a discipline, separate from the other social sciences, aiming instead to combine economic knowledge with various other disciplinary approaches.
In keeping with long-standing traditions of Goldsmiths, the PERC series is committed to the cultural examination of contemporary capitalism, and to that end welcomes submissions that draw on cultural studies, economic anthropology, science and technology studies, history of economics, media studies and cultural economy.
The series hopes to include critical investigations into (inter alia) neoliberalism, financialisation, management, inequality and elites, the platform economy, expertise, and the everyday realities of indebtedness.
Yet it also aims to create space for alternative economic futures to be identified, mapped and elucidated, seeking possibilities and hope in the crises of the present.
Current publications include: The Death of Public Knowledge?, Economic Science Fictions and Can Markets Solve Problems? An Empirical Enquiry into Neoliberalism in Action
Project proposals can be discussed with Professor Will Davies – w.davies (@gold.ac.uk). Please call your email 'PERC project proposal'.
Practice as Research
The Goldsmiths Press Practice as Research series celebrates and explores the multiplicity of practice research and the ways in which it is published.
The series is committed to pushing the boundaries of doing and disseminating research.
Project proposals can be sent to goldsmithspress (@gold.ac.uk).
Please call your email 'Practice as Research project proposal'.
Series editor: Atau Tanaka
The Sonics series considers sound as media and as material – as physical phenomenon, social vector, or source of musical affect. The series maps the diversity of thinking across the sonic landscape, from sound studies to musical performance, from sound art to the sociology of music, from historical soundscapes to digital musicology.
We seek to publish leading figures as well as emerging voices, by commission or by proposal.
Current publications include: Meta Gesture Music, Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance, Inflamed Invisible: Collected Writings on Art and Sound, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski and Dissonant Waves.
Project proposals can be discussed with Professor Atau Tanaka – a.tanaka (@gold.ac.uk). Please call your email 'Sonics project proposal'.
The Spacial Politics series is an inventive interdisciplinary series of books examining spatial politics at various geographical and critical scales – from the domestic to the neighbourhood to the global, from the building contract to the Free Economic Zone – mixing together the insights of the social sciences, art, architecture, cultural studies, history and, on occasion, speculative fiction.
Current publications include: Brutalism as Found, Passport to Peckham and World's End.
Project proposals can be sent to goldsmithspress (@gold.ac.uk). Please title your email 'Spatial Politics proposal'.
Unidentified Fictional Objects
Academic output is outgrowing standard disciplinary and literary genres.
This is at least in a part response to a more generalised hybridity: individuals become collectives; human agency diffused through machine and network; society increasingly reliant on and responsible for the contingencies of an unstable planetary situation.
We urgently need new ways of thinking, working, naming, being and writing that engage with what we are becoming, and the changes we face as an intellectual community.
For the Unidentified Fictional Objects series, we invite proposals for books that will disturb, and provoke, offering purposeful and pointed responses to the present situation.
We are looking for texts that trouble the assumptions of mainstream academic and literary writing: inventing new hybrid genre fictions, new essayistic forms.
We particularly welcome texts that use the methods of fiction to do critical work and those that use critical methods to push fiction to new capacities.
Proposals can be sent to goldsmithspress (@gold.ac.uk). Please call your email 'Unidentified Fictional Objects project proposal'.