Upcoming Issue: Spring/Summer 2023

We want to hear your stories!

Missouri Humanities (MH) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and enrich lives by connecting Missourians to the people, places, and ideas that shape society. Submissions may be in the genre of a perspectives piece, personal narrative, poetry, historical or nonfiction essay, short story, personal reflection, book or film review or findings from original research, geared towards a public humanities audience. Submissions should be between 350 to 1,000 words in length. 

Articles and creative submissions may be focused on any subject of the author’s choice. Preference will be given to submissions related to the MH annual theme. The 2023 signature series theme is “Roots & Routes: The Movement and Settlement of Missourians.” Join Missouri Humanities as we consider the movement of people, both voluntary and involuntary, and its influence on the cultural heritage, natural environment, and modern make up of Missouri. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

The submission deadline for the next issue is February 28th, 2023.

The best way to familiarize yourself with the preferred style and structure of MO Humanities magazine articles is to read previously published issues. 


In general, these are the word count totals we request for 1 or 2-page articles, depending on the number and sizes of the images accompanying the article:

• 1 page: 350–500 words
• 2 pages: 500–1,000 words

Please include your full job/position title(s) and degree title(s), as well as those of any co-authors. If your article contains notes from research or for reference, please incorporate them into the article’s body. Do not include footnotes or endnotes with your article. 

Articles should be submitted as text documents (such as .DOC or .RTF). Do not submit articles in .PDF or .PAGES format. Articles should follow Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, which are summarized for free online at Owl Purdue or can be read in full with a subscription.

Art or photography should be submitted in .PNG, .JPG, or .TIF format, 300 dpi minimum, and at least 4″ in width (larger if possible). Please attach images as separate files, independent of your article, and please include any information relevant for captions. If a file is too large to submit, you may upload it to Google Drive and send a link, though please note to adjust the privacy settings so we may view your work. Any inaccessible files will not be considered.

Submissions with excessive formatting or in need of extensive copyediting may be returned to the author for revision; please only submit clean copy with minimal formatting.

Intellectual Property

Copyright for contributions published in MO Humanities magazine is retained by each author with publication rights granted to the magazine. An author’s submission grants MH the right to publish the article in MO Humanities digital and print editions of the magazine. Content is free to users and the public.

Tentative Dates for the Spring/Summer Issue

February 28th, 2023: Deadline for submissions
March 24th, 2023: Authors will be notified if their article was chosen for this issue
June 1, 2023: Issue is published

Submission Instructions

Please email your submissions to mailmohumanities@gmail.com.

Space is limited. Not all submissions will be published. After an author submits an article, at least two members of the MH staff, editorial staff, and/or volunteer committee will review each submission and determine which articles are the best fit for the magazine. MH staff will keep all authors informed as to the status of their submissions throughout the process. Articles not chosen for the upcoming issue may be filed and considered for future editions. Authors will be notified via email within three weeks of the submission deadline and told the outcome of their submission.

The MH and editorial staff may recommend rejection, revision, or proceeding to publication. If a piece is deemed appropriate for publishing, authors will consult with editorial staff or staff members to maximize the effectiveness of the submission.

After a piece has been accepted for publication, MH staff will provide line edits in consultation with the author to reach a layout-ready version of the work. Authors will have the opportunity to review the final version of the laid-out piece prior to publication.

While there is not a contest or honorarium for the Spring/Summer edition, contributors will receive bonus print copies of the magazine and be automatically entered into the Fall/Winter contest.