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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS 

OBSCURE HISTORIES wants to hear from you. 

 

The pieces we publish are submitted by our global community.  We work to foster an environment of collaboration and respect for each author and their contribution.

We prioritize publishing histories about marginalized peoples from around the world, but we welcome all pitches about history and historical content.

Authors are compensated at market freelance rate by word count, or with an in-kind donation receipt.

The below guidelines are broadly general. Please read carefully. Each submission is treated individually.

Please use the inquiry form below to register your contact information and share your interests. You can also submit a pitch here.

We feel strongly about paying you for your time and contribution. As a nonprofit, however, we also won't turn away volunteer assistance, if offered. In-kind donation receipts available.

Step 1
PITCH

Length

A short paragraph (2-3 sentences) that summarizes your topic.

Sources

  • List primary materials you will use as a research base (documents, images, artifacts, etc.).

  • Include 2-3 secondary sources.

  • Link to online sources, if possible.

Submit

Use the "Writer Inquiry Form" below to submit your information. Please allow 3-6 weeks for a reply.

Step 2
SUBMISSION

Specs

  • 1000-1500 words

  • Google Docs (or Word)

  • Online sources linked in body of text

  • Small number of footnotes are ok

  • Images — referenced with links and captions. Public Domain images preferred.

  • List "further reading" sources at end, Chicago MS. You can reference your main sources here, but additional sources are welcome.

Language

  • Newspaper level (~10th-11th grade)

Submit

Submission information will be shared with you after your pitch has been approved.

Step 3
PUBLICATION

Process

The OH editorial staff and author will edit and fine tune the piece together to fit the OH audience. Once the piece is in a good place, the editorial staff will discuss the publication timeline.

At this time, the author will be asked to submit a teaser paragraph for the website. 

Payment

​We pay authors competative market rates for each piece. We wire transfer the payment to the author once the piece is published in the newsletter and on the website. 

If you would like to donate your piece to OH, you will receive an "in-kind" donation receipt for your contribution.

ONLINE ARCHIVES / RESOURCES

Google Books

Gutenberg.org

Archive.org

 

IMAGES

Please use images that are in the Public Domain or Creative Commons. Please identify and link to all images found online in your captions.

Wikicommons

Openverse.org

Smithsonian Open Access

OH, Jr. Resources 

Obscure Histories, Jr. has a page of extensive links to search engines for online visual materials. If you use an image from a museum, check to make sure it isn’t restricted. Note links and all citation information for your caption.

OH, Jr. Resource page

Book Store

Research Resources
Free | Online | Searchable

SUBMIT AN IDEA

 

Have an idea for a topic but don't want to write it? Send it along and we will match it with an author. You'll get the credit for the topic. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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