Truman State University Press was established in 1986 to publish peer-reviewed research and literature for the scholarly community and the reading public. The Press publishes 14 to 18 books each year and has over 200 titles in print.
TSUP is known for its quality titles, topics, and authors in our Early Modern Studies series, a premier venue for interdisciplinary studies in the early modern period. It also has become known in the region as a quality publisher of works on the American Midwest and selected topics in American history/American studies, including the Truman Legacy Series. TSUP’s literature publications include poetry in the New Odyssey Series, a Contemporary Nonfiction Series, and a literary journal, the Chariton Review. The Press is known for the T. S. Eliot Prize, an annual award offered since 1997, for the best collection of poetry in English and named in honor of native Missourian T. S. Eliot. The Notable Missourians series for young readers and a series on Education and the Liberal Arts were launched in 2014.
The Press uses the peer review process to ensure the value and soundness of scholarship to maintain high standards for academic publication. TSUP adds value to scholarly work through editorial development, professional copyediting and design, and making books available in print and electronic formats. The Press encourages and refines the work of younger scholars through the publication of first books that establish credentials and develop authorial experience, and adds to the richness of undergraduate and graduate education by publishing supplementary material used by instructors. TSUP helps connect the University to the surrounding community by publishing books of local and regional interest.
As part of the Truman State University community, the Press serves as a local resource for faculty by providing guidance on intellectual property, scholarly communication, and the publishing process. Each year, up to nine students work in semester-long publishing internships, which provide them with meaningful hands-on experience, advice, and mentoring for pursuing careers in publishing.