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Established in 1979, Mercer University Press has published more than 1400 books in the genres of Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Religion, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy.

Operated by a five-member staff, Mercer University Press publishes 35-40 books annually. The mission of the press is to support the work of the University in achieving excellence and scholarly discipline in the fields of liberal learning, professional knowledge, and regional interest by making the results of scholarly investigation and literary excellence available to the worldwide community.

Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, Mercer University Press seeks and acquires manuscripts that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the humanities with a focus on history, philosophy, religion, literature, and Southern culture.

Mercer University Press maintains several active series, including the International Kierkegaard Commentary, The James N. Griffith Endowed Series in Baptist Studies, Sports & Religion Series, Baptists in Early North America Series, Early English Baptist Texts Series, Flannery O'Connor Series, Mercer Commentary on the Bible, Mercer Kierkegaard Studies, Mercer Tillich Studies, Music and the American South Series, The Melungeons, America's Historically Black College and Universities Series, and Voices of African Diaspora.

In 2010, Mercer University Press established three annual book awards, The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction, The Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, and The Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Details for these awards can be found on the Mercer University Press website.