Call for Submissions: First Book Manuscript Workshop, UW-Madison

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The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy: First Book Manuscript Workshop


The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites submissions for its annual First Book Manuscript Workshop. The book selected will be the subject of a day-long conference at which each part of the manuscript will receive critical commentary from scholars with related areas of expertise.  The workshop will be held in Madison, WI during February or March, 2020, on a date that best accommodates the availability of participants. The Center will cover the costs of travel, accommodation, and meals for the author of the accepted manuscript. In addition to providing comments for each part of the book, the Center will also sponsor an invited keynote discussant. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2019.

Submissions from political theory and political philosophy are welcome. Priority will be given to manuscripts that engage meaningfully with topics integral to the mission of the Center.


The workshop’s aim is to generate feedback for strengthening an almost-completed manuscript. To be considered, submissions must meet the following criteria:

  1. Authors should have a Ph.D. in hand by the submission date. Submissions based on dissertation work should have undergone extensive revisions.
  2. The manuscript must be single-authored.
  3. The submission must be the author’s first book.
  4. The draft must be complete and ready for distribution to commentators by February 1, 2020.
  5. The version of the manuscript to be presented must not yet be accepted for publication by the date of the workshop.

Submission Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials, as a single PDF file, to

  1. A CV;
  2. a brief description of the book, not exceeding 250 words, including a note on the current state of the manuscript;
  3. a table of contents;
  4. and a longer abstract (up to 3000 words), including a description of each chapter.


For more information and to apply, click here >>

The deadline for submission is November 15, 2019.



The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at University of Wisconsin – Madison seeks to promote appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy while advancing intellectual diversity. These principles and institutions include constitutionalism and rule of law, the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets in a democratic order, the place and role of religion in liberal democracies, and competition between liberal democracy and competing ideologies, including various forms of autocracy and new political religions.

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