Alabama Heritage, the historical quarterly published by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, seeks to make readers aware of the remarkable people, places, and events that have helped shape Alabama and the South. Combining in-depth research with fine writing and elegant design, Alabama Heritage provides a forum for telling under-told stories, examining noteworthy lives, and encouraging thoughtful reflection on the history, culture, and customs of Alabama.
Alabama Heritage welcomes well-researched articles from any field touching on the history of Alabama. Areas of particular interest include the Civil War and Reconstruction, the colonial period, Native American history, African American history, sports, the arts, architecture, and Alabamians who have made an impact on the larger world. In addition to research articles, shorter occasional pieces that deal with arts, artifacts, folkways, and other aspects of Alabama history will also be considered.
Contributors to Alabama Heritage regularly include not only academic historians, but also independent scholars, journalists, writers, historic preservationists, architects, artists, archivists, and freelancers. One of the most distinctive features of the magazine is its broad appeal to the professional and layperson alike. A feature-length article about African Americans in Montgomery during World War II may be juxtaposed with a shorter piece about the unusual history of drive-in theaters in the state. Regardless of length or subject matter, however, all articles published in Alabama Heritage will be distinguished by in-depth research, strong writing, and a good underlying story. Contributors receive a modest honorarium upon publication.
Although our readers expect scholarship, we are not an academic journal. Articles that might not otherwise find an academic venue can have a place in Alabama Heritage, although they may be edited to conform with our style. No dissertations, please.
Articles should not exceed 5,000 words. Each submission should be accompanied by a cover letter with the authorís name and a brief bio, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as a word count. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, with notes and sources included at the end of the text. Submissions will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Related artwork may be submitted along with your piece as prints, slides, electronic files on CD-ROM, or even in clear photocopied form. Images will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
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