Write for NEQ

NEQ is an open forum. The editors expect essays to approach their topics historically, but subjects can range broadly from literature, to politics, to art, to economics, etc. There is no restriction on time period covered, nor must you possess any qualifications beyond the ability to present and document your argument in the tradition of the best scholarship in your field. All submissions—regardless of whether they are authored by students, freelance authors, or professors from the world’s finest research institutions—receive equal consideration from our editors. In addition to essays, we also accept submissions for both our Reconsiderations and our Memoranda and Documents features.

Submitting Your Work to Us:
Please submit both a PDF and Word document of your essay along with a cover page to the editorial assistants at neq@umb.edu. The cover page should include your essay’s title, your name, and all contact information, including postal and email addresses. The first page of the essay on both the electronic and hard copy version should list its title but not your name or other identifying information.

Due to limited access to the office during the pandemic, submitting a hard copy of your essay is optional. We advise you to retain a copy of your submission for reference. If you wish us to return any submitted materials, include return postage. Hard copies may be mailed to the NEQ office at:

The New England Quarterly
Department of History
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Authors will be notified when all copies are received. See below for essay specifications.

Evaluation Process:
The evaluation process generally takes from two to four months, however, where tenure and promotion calendars are in play, we make every effort to reach a decision within 60–90 days. We will inform you by e-mail or letter of our decision. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we will request that you send us an electronic version of the document formatted according to our stylistic requirements.

Book Reviews:
All book reviews and essay reviews are commissioned by the editors, but we gratefully accept recommendations for both books to review and reviewers to write about them.

Essay Specifications:
1. Manuscripts should be prepared with generous margins. All elements, including notes and extracts, should be double-spaced.

2. The NEQ does not have strict guidelines regarding word count. Our essays are usually around 10,000–12,000 words.

3. Notes should appear at the bottom of the page of text (footnotes). Notes should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and they should be linked to numbers in the text.

4. Essays submitted for consideration need not adhere to NEQ style. If your essay is accepted, you will be asked to revise it to accord with NEQ standards. The Quarterly’s style for citations is a slight modification of that found in the Chicago Manual of Style. Please note that ibid. is not used. Any reference to a work previously cited should list the author’s last name, a short version of the title, and page number(s). Some examples:

  • William Raymond Smith, History as Argument: Three Patriot Historians of the American Revolution (The Hague and Paris: Mouton & Co., 1966), 73-119.
  • Smith, History as Argument, 27.
  • David Levin, “Salem Witchcraft in Recent Fiction and Drama,” The New England Quarterly 28 (1955): 540.
  • Steven W. Haycox, “Jeremy Belknap and Early American Nationalism: A Study in the Political and Theological Foundations of American Liberty” (PhD diss., University of Oregon, 1971).
  • Henry Adams to Brook Adams, 18 February 1909, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Larzer Ziff, “The Literary Consequences of Puritanism,” in The American Puritan Imagination: Essays in Revaluation, ed. Sacvan Bercovitch (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1974), 39.

Please note some important points in the preceding examples:

  • Information about a book should always include the name of the publisher.
  • Information about an article in a journal should always include the volume number, year of publication, and relevant page number(s) in the form illustrated above.
  • A location—city and state as well as institution—should be provided for an unpublished work.

5. Permissions of all kinds—for instance, permission to quote from unpublished manuscripts, permission to print illustrations, permission to quote beyond the limitations of fair usage—are the responsibility of the author.

6. Photocopies of any illustrations should accompany the manuscript. Art for reproduction should be supplied as TIFF or EPS files. Line art should be between 900 dpi (minimum) and 1200 dpi (maximum). For halftones, grayscale images should be between 260 (minimum) and 300 dpi (maximum).