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April 15, 2024

Know Your Writing Markets 03

By Kellie Gillespie

Presidents' Day means many things to Americans. It's a day to remember our forefathers and their sacrifices for our country. It's a day to make a darn good cherry pie and clean out the rain gutters. (Well, we've been getting a lot of rain where I live.) And it's a day to think about submitting that great American history article you have sitting around somewhere to possibly be published in one of these magazines.

America's Civil War

Primedia History Group
741 Miller Dr, SE, Suite D-2
Leesburg, VA 20175-8920
Email: americascivilwar@thehistorynet.com
Contact: Dana Shoaf, editor

This bimonthly magazine is 95% freelance written and covers popular history and straight historical narrative for both general readers and Civil War buffs. They are looking for articles about the strategy, tactics, personalities, arms and equipment used during the Civil War. Circulation is 78,000. Nonfiction needs include nostalgic, book notices, and preservation news. Length is 3,500 to 4,000 wo rds and should include a 500 word sidebar. Pays $300 and up. Columns include profiles of Civil War personalities, weapons, commands and historical letters and diary excerpts. Length is 2,000 words and pays $150 and up. Accepts queries by mail, email and fax.

Writers Tip: Write a well-researched, entertaining and informative story that will attract and keep the reader's attention. Include a "further reading" section at the end of the piece. In addition, choose stories with strong art possibilities.

Persimmon Hill

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Email: editor@nationalcowboymuseum.org
Contact: M.J. Van Deventer, editor

This quarterly magazine prefers to work with established writers, but they are willing to work with a small number of new writers each year. Intended for an audience interested in Western art, history, ranching and rodeo, they cater especially to historians, artists, ranchers, art galleries, schools and libraries. The editor is specifically looking for articles about contemporary and historical rodeo. Nonfiction needs include specifically researched and authentic material written about famous Western figures, Western art, rodeo, cowboys, Western flora, animal life and the environment. Articles should be written in a readable style and can be humorous approaches to these subjects. Length is 1,500 words and pay is $150-250.

Writers Tip: They are looking for stories that capture the spirit of adventure and individualism that illustrates the idea of the Old West. They lean towards scholarly, well-researched articles, and excellent illlustrations are essential!

World War II

Primedia History Group
741 Miller Dr., SE, Suite D-2
Leesburg, VA 20175-8920
Email: worldwarii@thehistorynet.com
Contact: Christopher Anderson, editor

This bimonthly magazine features articles about the military operations in World War II, which covers the events, personalities, strategy, national policy, etc., The circulation is 146,000 and the magazine is 95% freelance written. Nonfiction needs are all aspects of World War II military history. Length is 4,0-00 words with a 500 word sidebar. Pay is $300 and up. Columns include: Undercover (espionage and intelligence); Personality; Armament (weapons and their uses); Commands (unit histories); and One Man's War (personal profiles). Length for columns are 2,000 words and pay is $150 and up.

Writers Tip: Include a bibliography of sources used and suggest further readings at the end of the article. Stories should be carefully researched and based on facts.

Article © Kellie Gillespie. All rights reserved.
Published on 2005-02-20
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