Guidelines for Contributors


Pennsylvania Heritage is a popularly styled and liberally illustrated magazine published by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation (PHF). The quarterly is intended to introduce readers to Pennsylvania’s rich culture and historic legacy, educate and sensitize them to the value of preserving that legacy, and entertain and involve them in such a way as to ensure that Pennsylvania’s past has a future.



Pennsylvania Heritage strives to convey a sense of Pennsylvania and connect its past with what the Keystone State is today or what it is likely to become. The magazine seeks articles relating to the commonwealth’s history and culture that are intended for intelligent lay readers. Articles on such varied topics as archaeology, architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, heritage foods, historic sites, industry and technology, military history, natural history, oral history, paleontology, political history, popular culture, and social history are suitable.

Submissions must be written with an eye toward illustration and should be accompanied by photographs, maps and drawings or a list of suggestions for illustrations (with identification of the repositories that hold them) or images to be photographed. Photographic or pictorial essays are also welcomed.



Writing style should be popular, readable and entertaining, but without fictionalization and extensive quotation (except in the case of oral history). Manuscripts must be concise, thoroughly researched and documented, well organized, and accurate. Articles accepted will be edited according to guidelines recommended by the current edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. Submissions to Pennsylvania Heritage should follow those guidelines.


Manuscript Requirement

Manuscripts range from 2,000 to 3,500 words maximum. They must be submitted to the editor by email as an attachment. Manuscripts should be accompanied by a suggested title, captions for the illustrations, credits or acknowledgments, and a brief biographical sketch of the author. Footnotes are not required, but a list of sources for fact-checking is requested.

All manuscripts must be the author’s original, previously unpublished work and should not have been previously assigned, licensed or pledged nor infringe upon any contract rights or agreements.

Although queries, proposals and outlines will be evaluated, the editorial staff prefers to review completed manuscripts. Photographs and/or other illustrative material (as described above) should be submitted with manuscripts for review.


Payment and Rights

PHF, in concert with PHMC, will pay authors upon publication of an article. Payments range between $250 and $500, depending on the complexity and amount of research and interpretation necessary to make the article engaging, entertaining and, most important, educational and informative. The author will also receive 10 complimentary copies upon publication.

Pennsylvania Heritage purchases all print and all electronic rights for publishing articles, in whole or in part, on its website, as well as any and all websites administered by PHMC, its historic sites and museums, and PHF, their heirs or assignees.



Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:

Kyle R. Weaver, Editor
Pennsylvania Heritage
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0024