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Welcome To Universal Write Publications

UWP is committed to building a community of authors, scholars, readers, and thinkers. We believe we are living in a time of change, a time of purpose and time to make a difference in our individual spaces and places of cultural significance. We recognize the importance of social and historical records, which draws from a diverse past to enrich our common future.

As UWP Books is a small independent press with a very niche audience, we encourage you to understand the mission and vision of UWP, as all authors here are family working towards the mission of community and legacy building. We encourage the collaboration of senior and emerging scholars to bridge the gap of knowledge, and increase faculty development that explores Black history, philosophy, education, religion, science, and other critical topics that recenter, restore, and expand learning. We welcome your book proposals.

Author Submission Guidelines

If you would like to submit your proposal to Universal Write Publications, you can send an email to The guidelines below offer general suggestions for the preparation of your proposal. Do not send actual manuscripts or attachments with images to editors unless you are specifically invited to do so.

Download UWP's Publishing Proposal

In preparing your proposal, bear in mind that UWP would like to know as much as possible about your book, including its scope, its intended audience, and how we can promote the book to that audience. All material must adhere to American Psychological Association (APA) style. This includes references, abbreviations, and guidelines for language bias. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (APA, 2020).

Your proposal should generally include the following:

A letter of introduction.

The completed Publishing Proposal.

An up-to-date curriculum vita or resumé.

You may include one to two sample chapters that demonstrate the clarity and precision of your prose and the appeal of your theoretical framework.


Currently, we do not consider works of original fiction (our fiction program consists of fiction in translation and reprints of classic novels). 

Commitment to Authors

The UWP commitment to quality production is synonymous with our commitment to fostering and sustaining healthy and prosperous relationships with each of our authors. We pay close attention to detail, welcome creative input, and vision as well as work with many industry leaders to produce quality publications. From professionally edited content to professional designer book covers, every aspect of production is engaged with quality at the forefront.

UWP is committed to a rigorous review of our publications. Our rigor includes, but is not limited to, soundness of method, orientation of literature in African-centered thought, extending African-centered scope of understanding, contemplation, and examination.

Become a UWP Author

Whether you’re an advisor, author, community leader, student, or activist, our mission is to represent the voices of the African Diaspora by publishing and promoting academic books and articles that enhance literacy and broaden worldviews.

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