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 an 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? Newly published books can be noticed by following the instructions online here. If you would like The New York History Blog to run an announcement from your organization, you should send a press release.
What follows are tips and guidelines for those contributing articles under their own byline and from their own perspective, rather than that of an organization.
Length. We don’t have specific guidelines, but offer a recommendation to generally keep your piece to between 750 and 1,600 words. Longer pieces (more than about 1,200 words) should use a few 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 a less academic approach to New York State history. We encourage citation in the text, magazine or journalism style. Use links (in the text) to source materials when appropriate, and focus on citing new information your piece is providing, rather than more well established history.
Include Images: Please include at least one (but up to three) photos, maps, or other illustrations. Also provide a one sentence description and the source of each image at the bottom of your submitted text. These images should be at least 820 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall, but not bigger than 1640 pixels by 720 pixels – jpg or png are best. Send them as an attachment to the same e-mail as your submission.
Your Byline and Bio: At the bottom of your e-mail submission please include a short biography (3-4 sentences) describing your experience as it relates to the topic of your contribution. Also, attach a photo of yourself to the same e-mail for inclusion in your byline bio.
Ready To Submit? Send your submission via e-mail as an attached text document (such as Word) with your photo descriptions and sources at the bottom of the text. Attach your photos to the same e-mail (please do not embed them in the text). In the text of your e-mail include your short bio, and attach a photo of yourself. Send your submission to The New York History Blog founder and editor John Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t hesitate to contact John with questions.