WHAT does ERA PUBLISH?
- Pieces on little-known events and stories from history with a relevance to modern politics.
- Profiles on historical activists, campaigners, organisations, and people who have broken down barriers.
- Pieces on the political histories and origins of, or roles played by, things: objects, films, songs, genres, fashion trends, buildings, artworks, jobs, institutions, medicines, practices, etc.
- Pieces on the evolution of problems, debates, and beliefs.
- Pieces on the way history is taught and applied, or mistaught and misapplied, in the present.
This isn’t an exhaustive list. If you think your idea is relevant, it probably is, and we want to hear it. Pieces can be about any time from prehistory to last year, and anywhere in the world.
You don’t have to be an expert. Our target audience is normal people, with an average knowledge of history.
We’re open to photo essays, but we’re not looking for poetry or fiction.
Anyone can pitch, but we’re especially keen to hear from those underrepresented in the mainstream history narrative – in particular LGBT+ people, People of Colour, people with disabilities, people from minority religions, and people from working-class backgrounds.
HOW DO I PITCH?
Send an outline of your idea in a maximum of 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Pitch: [topic]’ in the subject line. If the subject relates to an upcoming birthday or anniversary, let us know.
We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
WHAT SHOULD THE FINISHED PIECE LOOK LIKE?
Commissioned pieces can be anywhere from 800-1400 words and should be written in accessible language and informal style.
Include links to your sources in the body of the piece, especially where you’re talking about statistics or media coverage. We’re not a journal, so the sources don’t need to be academic – just reliable.
If possible, include the names of three books, articles, documentaries, podcasts or other resources that you’d recommend for further learning on the topic at the end, as well as a line about yourself and your work, with links to any website or social media handles you’d like us to include.
do you pay contributors?
Unfortunately we can’t pay at the moment. We want everything we publish to be free to access, which means we’re running without a budget. But we’re working on our funding, and plan to start paying as soon as possible. The money we raise from crowdfunding will be going first and foremost to future contributors.
We know that writing for free isn’t possible for everyone – particularly those with the most important stories to tell – and encourage you to seek paid outlets for your stories first.