How to Write for HistoryLink.org
Anyone wishing to contribute to the encyclopedia should become familiar with it. Take a look at the Advanced Search page, which explains the libraries and ways to move around in them, and enjoy poking around.
1. For the People's History Library.
Personal memoirs and reminiscences that relate to state history are an important window onto our past. We welcome volunteer reminiscences of 500-1,500 words that relate to Washington state history. Please take a look at the People's History library (the right-hand column on any search-results page) to get an idea of whether your piece might be appropriate. Then make an inquiry through our Feedback page.
We do not publish genealogy.
We do publish oral histories but only those that are transcribed and edited. This is very labor-intensive work that we unfortunately do not have the staff to perform.
All essays on HistoryLink.org are vetted by professional staff.
When you get the go-ahead, send your piece to the editor in a Microsoft Word or a text file. Images must come separately as jpeg files with the caption: what where when, and the photo credit in the body of the email.
We cannot use thumbnail-sized images or Microsoft Word files with images embedded.
2. For the Cyberpedia and Timeline Libraries.
We appreciate the occasional volunteered essay that comprises an objective and well-sourced account of a person or event. Please ascertain whether or not the encyclopedia has already covered the subject and then query through the Feedback page.
We have a paid professional staff and also commission essays by free-lance historians, scholars, and writers from time to time. If you would like to be considered please send your résumé, interests, and a writing sample or clippings to the HistoryLink.org office:
1411 4th Avenue, Suite 803
Seattle, WA 98101