Submit A Project to
Cistercian Publications


Cistercian Publications welcomes proposals for translations of primary monastic sources, studies on the Christian monastic tradition, and monographs reflecting contemplative monastic spirituality.

To submit a proposal, complete a project summary form and email it to Dr. Marsha L. Dutton, Executive Editor of Cistercian Publications:

All of the information requested will help us understand the potential shape and scope of your project. Any questions you may have can be directed to Dr. Dutton.


Translation Proposals:

Authors are asked to submit a detailed proposal that identifies the source of the work to be translated (e.g., a critical edition, an older diplomatic edition, the Patrologia Latina or Patrologia Graeca, or a newly discovered manuscript), and a sample translation with a copy of the source pages of not less than ten pages.

The translation should be a literal rendering of the original, not a paraphrase, but at the same time a fluent, idiomatic English text that conveys the thought and, to the extent possible, the style of the original.

Cistercian Publications expects inclusive language that recognizes the existence of both men and women, with terms such as humankind, men and women, person(s), and humans. Singular nouns and pronouns can often be made inclusive by translating them as plural.


MonoGraphs and Collected Essays:

Authors are asked to submit a proposal identifying the thesis, methodology, and intended audience of their manuscript. A statement of the contribution that the proposed work will make to scholarship as well as agreements and differences of opinion with other published scholars should be included. Either a full manuscript or a detailed proposal may be submitted. A proposal should include at least two chapters and the conclusions of the work. Theses and dissertations available in microform are not ordinarily considered for publication.

Authors, editors, and translators must obtain publishers' written permission to include in their book previously published materials and illustrations. Works translated from critical editions currently under copyright require written permission from the publishers of those editions. The origins of publishers' permissions must be submitted to Cistercian Publications. We will be happy to provide specific guidelines for needed permissions and a model letter for requesting permissions.

Before submitting a manuscript, please request our Style Sheet and Formatting Guide. Manuscripts not conforming to our Style Sheet may be returned for revision.


Email the completed project summary form along with all additional submission materials to Dr. Marsha L. Dutton, Executive Editor of Cistercian Publications, to

We review and acknowledge all proposals within six weeks of receipt.


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