Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world.
The Press is the only scholarly publisher within the University System of Georgia. A full member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940, the Press is also the oldest and largest book publisher in the state. With a full-time staff of 26 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 75-80 new books a year and has 1,800 titles in print.
In 2008 the Press received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities “for enriching the life of the humanities through a distinguished record of publications, for serving as an important resource to libraries and other community discussion groups, and for building partnerships that contribute to enlightened communities of readers in Georgia and the nation.”
The kinds of books published by the Press fall into the following four categories:Works of scholarship. The Press is committed to publishing important new scholarship in the following areas: Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African American studies, American studies, Southern studies, environmental studies, geography, urban studies, international affairs, and security studies.
Creative and literary works. This nationally recognized area of the Press’s list includes books published in conjunction with the following literary competitions and series: The Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the VQR Poetry Series, and the National Poetry series. It also includes the series The Life of Poetry: Poets on Their Art and Craft, anthologies of fiction and poetry, and nature writing.
Regional books. The Press has a long history of publishing books about the state and region for general readers. Recent publications have included books about the region’s history and literature, architectural and artistic heritage, field guides to the plants, trees, and wildlife of the southeastern states, nature photography, biographies of major Southern figures, books about southern food traditions, and selected original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established Georgia and southern authors.
Digital projects. The Press is a founding partner of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the state’s award-winning, on-line only, multi-media reference work on the people, places, events, and institutions of Georgia. The NGE is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council and is published in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.