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Military Images

Submission Guidelines and Deadlines

LAST UPDATED 1-6-2014

The bedrock of Military Images is its deeply committed core group of contributors. They regularly submit photographs and articles for inclusion in the magazine. MI welcomes your submissions of original photographs of soldiers and sailors who served in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and stories related to these rare military images.

Our mission is to surface and preserve the unique visual record of the citizen soldier from the early period in our nation’s history. Since 1979, MI has been devoted to the study of the American soldier and sailor as seen in period photographs. The vast majority of published articles relate to the Civil War era. Most are written by photo collectors for photo collectors.

The following guidelines will help you make the most of your submission:

WHAT MI PUBLISHES

  • Analysis of period photos as to unique content, subject, and background.
  • Analysis of uniforms, equipment, and insignia as seen in photos.
  • Biographies of common soldiers (enlisted men and junior officers), illustrated with original, wartime photos of the subject. Popular formats include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, and stereoviews.
  • Unit histories on the company, regimental, and brigade level. Narratives should emphasize tactics, action, and relevant details about the soldiers who served in these organizations. Related photos must be included.
  • Photo galleries composed of images from an individual collector.
  • Photo galleries with specific themes. Examples include Union cavalrymen, North Carolina Confederates, Zouaves, Buffalo soldiers, and Civil War sailors.
  • Letters and diaries accompanied by a photo or photos of the writer in uniform.
  • Articles about nineteenth century photography technology, techniques, preservation, restoration, acquisition, etc.
  • Book reviews

WHAT MI DOES NOT PUBLISH

  • Profiles of veteran organizations and related photos.
  • Broad-brush accounts of generals, campaigns and battles.
  • Images of re-enactors, reenactments, and other contemporary photos.

AUTHOR/CONTRIBUTOR SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Articles submitted to MI for consideration for publication should be typed, double-spaced. They should include endnotes with sources cited. Images, figures, and illustrations should be accompanied by captions. Articles should be a maximum of 1,500 words. When applicable, please indicate where in the text images should be inserted. The article should be submitted as a Word file. Please include your preferred credit/byline and a brief bio.
  • scan-guidelinesWhen submitting images, contributors should indicate plate type and size. Cartes de visite, stereoviews, and albumen prints should be fully described, including back marks, if applicable. Contributors should include descriptions of uniforms, accouterments, arms, and backdrops, as applicable. Civilian images should be fully described.
  • If image cases are shown, either accompanying an image or, as a stand-alone item, an effort should be made to indicate Krainik or Berg number. If this is impractical, a full description of a Union or composition case may be substituted. When present, advertising and patent marks stamped on liner paper or impressed into mats and preservers should be described.
  • When present, tax stamps should be described. An excellent resource for describing tax stamps will be found in Scott’s Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.  Cancellations applied to tax stamps should be described.
  • Images must be scanned at a high-resolution to be included in print. Preferred resolution is 600 DPI, which allows the image to be reproduced as large as a full magazine page. Cover image resolution is 1,200 DPI. The preferred format is .tif, but jpg and png files are also acceptable. Color scans are preferred, but black-and-white scans are acceptable. Scans should include the entire un-cropped photograph and its frame, mat, or border with a white margin around the edge (see the sample scan here).
  • Military Images does not accept scans of photographs that have been digitally enhanced, and does not condone the practice of digital enhancement of historic images. Scratches, chips, nicks, cracks and other blemishes, while they may interfere with the content of an image, are also part of its history and should be preserved. Military Images will accept digitally corrected scans that have been adjusted for brightness, contrast and color.
  • All submissions should be emailed to militaryimages@gmail.com. In the event that image files are deemed too large to be sent through email, please use free file sharing services (Example: WeTransferDropBox), or contact the editor for FTP access.

RIGHTS
MI reserves first rights in North America, and also the right to run the photo and/or accompanying article in whole or part on militaryimagesmagazine.com. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which the contribution is featured.

DEADLINE SCHEDULE
Submissions must be received by the following dates to be considered for inclusion:

  • Winter: Nov. 1 (sent to press Dec. 1)
  • Spring: Feb. 1 (sent to press March 1)
  • Summer: May. 1 (sent to press June 1)
  • Fall: Aug. 1 (sent to press Sept. 1)

EDITOR’S NOTE
MI reserves the right to edit and rewrite as necessary.