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 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? 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 and guidelines for those writing stories 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 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:  Please include at least one (but up to three) photos, maps, or other illustrations, along with short description and source of the images. All images should be sent in a web format file (jpg and png are best), as an attachment to the same e-mail as your submission.

Byline and Bio: At the bottom of your e-mail submission please include a short bio (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 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 the e-mail include your short bio, and attach a photo of yourself.  Send your submission to editor John Warren at Please don’t hesitate to contact John with questions or concerns.

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