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Great Smoky Mountains Association Publications

Since 1958, Great Smoky Mountains Association has supported a vibrant publications program in service of its mission to support the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by promoting greater public interest and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research. 

Today the association maintains more than 100 publications in print and distributes more than 1 million pieces annually. These products include books, pamphlets, exhibits, audio tours, CDs, DVDs, maps, and toys. 

GSMA is responsible for managing its interpretive products program with guidance from the National Park Service. One of its goals is to generate revenue for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is accomplished by ensuring a balance between the publications of scientific and educational subject matter with books and other products that have wide appeal to a large audience.

Submissions for Retail Product in Park Stores 

Retail Director Dawn Roark handles requests to include previously published books as sales items in Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor centers.

Send samples of the publication to Dawn Roark, 416 Cherry Street, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Include contact information along with cost and retail. The samples will be given to National Park Service personnel for review. If the book is accepted by NPS, GSMA will make a business decision to make it available in the visitor centers and on our website. If GSMA decides to carry the publication, a GSMA representative will contact you to set up an account.

Submissions for Publication

As of January 2022, GSMA has a new Advisory Council that is now evaluating book proposals. In order to get caught up with existing proposals submitted over the past four years, we will not be accepting any new book proposals until January of 2023.

GSMA is a small, boutique publishing house that produces only one or two books per year that are primarily sold in our own park bookstores and in our online store. In addition to publishing these few titles, our small Creative Team is also answering many needs from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and producing the popular biannual Smokies Life journal as well as our Smokies LIVE blog and the Smokies Guide park newspaper.

All of our publications are closely aligned with specific interpretive needs of our park partner in connection with nuanced messaging around the protection of park resources. We currently have a handful of publications that have already been approved in our production pipeline to be developed over the next three to four years. Considering all of the above, it is highly unlikely that GSMA will approve unsolicited book proposals for publication.

When proposals are accepted by our Advisory Council, we publish book-length original works that meet the highest standards of scientific and historical accuracy and exemplify excellence in writing and illustration. Original works considered for publication should promote environmental stewardship of the national park, convey the significance of the natural resources the park preserves, or elaborate on the complex human narratives rooted in the Smokies region in a compelling way.

Our book publications program focuses on the following genres and niches:

  • Books on the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Books on the human history of the area including African Americans, the Cherokee, and early White settlers
  • Smokies-related biographies and human-interest stories
  • Books focused on conservation and stewardship of park resources
  • Hiking and camping guides related to the Smokies’ region
  • Travel guides that enrich the park visitor experience
  • Field guides highlighting the flora and fauna of the region
  • Photography and art books related to any of the above
  • Children’s and young adult books related to any of the above

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