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Contributors' Guidelines

"The Wisconsin Magazine of History" publishes widely in the history, biography and culture of Wisconsin. We welcome manuscripts that present fresh topics or shed new light on older ones. Recent topics have ranged from Wisconsin's Indian boarding schools of the 19th century to the 1970 Sound Storm Festival.

The Society helps people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. We invite manuscripts that help fulfill that mission: ones that inform readers about our sense of place, how we live and work, who we are as a people, and our heritage of shared experience in the state.

Manuscripts should include:

  • A strong narrative component
  • A clear focus
  • Very little jargon
  • Interesting and useful illustrations
  • Citations that follow the "Chicago Manual of Style" (15th edition) format

The magazine does not, as a rule, publish genealogy or narrowly construed local history.

Manuscripts must be carefully researched original writing, include endnotes and range in length from 3,500 4,500 words.

Manuscript submissions

To submit a manuscript, complete either version (Microsoft Word or PDF) of the Wisconsin Magazine of History Article Submission Form:

Mail or email the submission form along with your manuscript to:

Wisconsin Magazine of History
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706


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