Proposing a book

Wellcome Collection publishes unusual and beautifully written books that relate to medicine, life and culture. Our priority is to publish books that we believe will reach a substantial popular audience. We have established co-publishing relationships with Profile Books and Thames & Hudson and we do not publish academic books or offer grants or subventions for publishing projects. You can see our previously published books.

If you have a project you think could be right for us, please send us a brief description (no more than 500 words) of your proposed book project, including:

  • what the is book about (in a nutshell)
  • what is unique and topical about the book
  • why the book would be a good fit for Wellcome Collection
  • why you think there would be a significant audience for the book
  • why you are the best person to write the book, and what’s special about you as an author

Please also include a short sample of your writing, aimed at a general audience. If your project is already well developed, then a short proposal, a chapter summary and one sample chapter would also be helpful.

Please send proposals, by email only, to While we will give all proposals due consideration, we cannot always acknowledge receipt or reply to every email.