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Perspectives on History and Perspectives Daily welcome submissions on all aspects of the practice of history—from the public square to the private study. We strive to be a place for historians across the discipline’s broad spectrum to share their ideas and enthusiasm. Perspectives on History is the AHA’s newsmagazine, published in print nine times a year and online; Perspectives Daily offers exclusive online-only content.
Manuscripts must be original and not submitted elsewhere, including blogs or other online platforms. We recommend that potential authors review articles on our Past Issues page, our submission guidelines (see below), and our copyright policy.
We do consider full manuscripts, but we prefer to receive pitches to give us a better understanding of the topic and your viewpoint as an author. Guidelines for pitches may be found here. Potential authors should also search our archives to see if we’ve published any stories on the same topic.
We have brief guidelines available for:
There are many helpful online resources for writers who wish to pitch editors. Pitches help editors by quickly establishing the nature of the story you’re proposing, its relevance to our readership, your point of view, and the sources you’ll consult. A good pitch also gives the editors a sense of your writing style.
Pitches contain several key elements:
- The topic of the story, the underlying problem or conflict behind it, and your angle on it. You may wish to draw our attention to an unexpected point of view.
- The reason why this story is worth publishing now. What makes it newsworthy, timely, or important for the historical community?
- The “so what”? What’s the big picture? Its relevance to historians is important, and often how it fits into society at large.
- The reason why you are the best person to write this story, with links to relevant publications. (Blog posts are fine.) Do not attach a CV in lieu of this information.
Potential writers should familiarize themselves with the sort of articles we publish and the sections in which they fit. If a story is immediately relevant to discussions about current events, please flag it as a possible contribution to Perspectives Daily if you envision it being published quickly.
Perspectives on History and Perspectives Daily welcome articles by historians from all kinds of institutions (including but not limited to colleges and universities, K–12 schools, museums, and archives), at all degree levels, and of all professional ranks.
Please send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the word “pitch” and the topic in the subject heading. Upload completed manuscripts through our submissions portal.Complete Guidelines and Submission form
Articles for Perspectives on History should normally be about 1,500 words in length. Perspectives Daily articles are about 800–1,000 words. We prefer a journalistic and conversational style that can engage a wide audience. We welcome ideas for sidebars and illustrations, but ask that footnotes be kept to a minimum.
If you’re not sure whether your article is right for Perspectives or Perspectives Daily, send us a pitch at email@example.com.
The American Historian Association welcomes feedback responding to our print and digital publications. Due to space considerations and in the interests of clarity of communication, letters to the editor should be no more than 500 words.
Letters to the editor should be guided by the AHA’s Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct. Please read our complete guidelines.Complete Guidelines and Submission form
In Memoriam essays should be about 650 words. They should focus on the subject’s professional life, but above all should be a historian’s appreciation of a fellow historian, including their influence on colleagues, institutions, their field, and the discipline. The subject of the essay need not be an AHA member.
Authors of In Memoriam essays should submit a portrait photograph of the subject as a high-resolution digital image. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish the photo.Complete Guidelines and Submission form
Essays for the Everything Has a History section should be about 500 words. They should focus on a single physical item (objects, documents, flora, and fauna are fair game—we are open to it all). You must be able to write about the object with enthusiasm and in a personal, reflective tone.
Additionally, we must be able to reproduce an image of the item. Anything under copyright or archival restriction will not work for this section. Please indicate with your submission what image would be paired with the article and, if possible, provide the image for consideration with the submission. Images should be horizontal, rather than vertical, to the extent possible.Complete Guidelines and Submission form