History Magazine is published by Moorshead Magazines. The magazine is published six times a year and sold via subscription and on newsstands throughout the United States and Canada.
A note about queries to History Magazine:
All queries should be addressed to The Editor, unless otherwise specified. We receive an extremely high volume of queries and as a result, we do not answer e-mails right away. Please note the review process is long and that it may take several weeks (and sometimes longer) before we get back to you. If you do not receive an answer to your query, please be patient.
IMPORTANT: We are currently accepting queries only: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please YOU MUST INCLUDE "History Magazine Query" in the subject line) and give us a brief, but descriptive proposal, of your idea along with a proposed word length using our guidelines below. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS without a confirmation of acceptance from a previous query.
What We Cover
History Magazine strives to feature articles that are interesting rather than academic. We prefer that our articles be wrapped around a particular phenomenon, achievement or occasion, rather than around a profile of a "great man" most closely associated with the subject: we'd rather carry an article titled "Early Telephones" than an article titled "Alexander Graham Bell". We like it when people take some item or custom that's now a part of our lives and tell the story of how it came to be that way. We're interested in answering the question "How did we get here?", here being North America at the beginning of the 21st century. These articles are roughly chronological and do not employ first-person narrative.
We are currently expanding History’s focus to include battles, wars and biographies. The battles must have world significance — like Waterloo — and the accounts must keep in mind that many of our readers are interested in what led up to the battle and its impact, not detailed maneuvers of the soldiers. Also the personalities must have had an impact on society. Unrecognized personalities like engineers or inventors who have shaped the world we live in are just some of the people we want to feature.
Our articles generally focus on the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the end of the 1950s; our articles frequently mention earlier or later events by way of prologue or epilogue, but events outside of that timeframe are never our focus. We have listed some suggested subjects below to give you an idea of the topics we cover.
Please read a recent issue of History Magazine before submitting articles, to get an idea of the writing style. Details on how to obtain an issue can be found on our website.
We much prefer queries instead of full-length articles (please see the note about queries at the top of this page), as this makes giving directions and suggestions easier. Our typical article length is 2,000 to 2,500 words. We prefer that articles be presented with suggested section headings already in place. We do encourage a list of further readings, but these are never used for trivia pieces. We do not employ footnotes. All work will be edited to some degree; please do not submit articles if you are not willing to have your work edited.
While submissions may be sent through the mail, e-mail is the preferred method (see separate, required addresses for queries and final submissions above), and text should be sent either as Microsoft Word format, plain text or RTF (rich text format). PLEASE NOTE: Submissions must be accompanied by the author's name, telephone number, postal address and e-mail address. If not present in the manuscript, we will delay publication until we receive the necessary contact information. Please include suggested captions with any photographs or illustrations submitted, and credit the source. History Magazine assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged submissions of text, photographs or illustrations, and will not return unsolicited manuscripts. An expression of interest by History Magazine in a potential article is not a commitment to publish.
If you want to write for History Magazine, why not try submitting a trivia piece first? We always want good trivia items of about 400-600 words, and we welcome your proposals on ideas for future trivia items.
We like to be heavily illustrated; pictures are a very important component of an article. Regarding copyright, the illustration must be either copyright free or you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder. Many authors find it difficult to source illustrations, leaving this to us; in this case, we do not pay for the space used by the pictures in the article. We do appreciate authors recommending illustration ideas so we can narrow our picture research. Please contact us about copyright or picture resolution.
Payments and Rights
Our rate for articles is $0.08 (eight cents) per word. In addition, we also pay $7 for each photo or image supplied, and used in the layout. Additional payments for extra research of special projects are at the discretion of the publisher. US based authors are paid in American funds; Canadian-based authors are paid in Canadian funds. Authors from other countries are normally paid in US dollars but this is negotiable. Payment is made 60 days after the issue is published (ie: payment for the Oct/Nov issue will be mailed from our office on or around November 15). Unless otherwise agreed, author payments will be for first world serial and electronic rights. We also reserve the right to include a work in future collections or "best of" reprint editions. Authors (unless they are employees of the magazine) always retain copyright.
While we welcome proposals on any subject, and the possibilities are endless, please send us an outline proposing a length (in words) before submitting any completed articles.
Additionally, interesting historical etymologies of particular words and phrases, or descriptions of the origin and evolution of various customs are often suitable subjects for trivia items. If you begin work on a trivia item and find it warrants more than 600 words, please get in touch so we can discuss making it into a longer article.