Contributor Guidelines

Writers are encouraged to review The New York History Blog over the past couple weeks to get a sense for our style and tone before submitting and article for publication. Please also read these short guidelines. The copyright of all stories remains with the author.

What kind of article are you submitting? If you would like The New York History Blog to run an announcement from your organization, you should send a press release. Our tips for writing press releases can be found online here. What follows are tips for those writing stories from their own, rather than an organization’s, perspective.

Length. We don’t have specific guidelines, but offer a recommendation to generally keep your piece to between 750 and 1,200 words. Longer pieces (more than 1,000 words) should use subheadings. If your story is national or international in scope, it should be connected to experiences in New York State.

No Footnotes. The New York History Blog is not an academic source and prefers readable popular approaches to the state’s history. We encourage citation in text, magazine or journalism style. The site is an open forum, if there are disagreements in historical interpretation, anyone can comment at the bottom. Use links (in the text) to source materials when appropriate.

Include Images When You Can:  If you can, please include one to four photos, maps, or other illustrations, along with the source of the images. All images should be sent in a web format file (jpg and png are best), in the same e-mail as your submission.

Bylines and Bios: We use three byline styles, depending on who the author is and how often they contribute.

The Editorial Staff byline is for press releases. If you are submitting an announcement from your organization please see our press release guidelines.

The Guest Contributor byline is for writers who are submitting just a single article for publication. Please include a short bio (3-4 sentences) at the bottom of your piece describing your experience with the topic of your contribution.

The Author byline uses the name of the writer and includes a photo and bio. These are for our frequent writers. If you would like to contribute regularly, let us know what you have in mind with in the e-mail of your first submission.

Ready To Submit? Send your submission via e-mail as an attached text document (such as Word) with your photo sources and bio at the bottom. Also attach your photos in the same e-mail. Send your submission to editor John Warren at jnwarrenjr@gmail.com. Please don’t hesitate to contact John with questions or concerns.

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