British Columbia History Magazine Call for Papers — Spring 2016: Celebrating Community Halls

Call for Papers — Spring 2016: Celebrating Community Halls

Photo courtesy: Robin Lister
Photo courtesy: Robin Lister

Community halls are the cornerstone of towns throughout British Columbia. For generations, they have been the places where people come together to celebrate and to mourn, to teach and learn, to dance and to visit, and for hundreds of other reasons. They make community possible. What is the story of your community hall?

In Spring 2016 we will feature a special issue to celebrate community halls.

British Columbia History publishes feature-length articles as well as documentary selections, essays, pictorial essays, memoirs, and reviews relating to the social, economic, political, intellectual, and cultural history of British Columbia.

Articles for the Spring issue can vary widely in word length, from 1000 to 3000.

We also accept submissions for the following regular departments:

Cabinets of Curiosity – is there an object in your community hall with an interesting story? Send us 300 to 400 words with a high-resolution image of the object, telling the story of the object.

The ideal British Columbia History is a pleasure to read and it is informative. When readers have finished an article, they should feel that they have been engaged and have learned something about BC history that they never knew before. The magazine is looking for:

  • Articles with strong leads. The first few paragraphs must be able to capture readers and compel them to read on.
  • Crisp, clear, and concise prose. British Columbia History is not an academic publication. No theses please. Avoid jargon, arcane language, and inflated prose; employ instead the descriptive language of good fiction.
  • Readers of British Columbia History are well informed and expect names, places, and dates to be correct and based on credible sources.

The deadline for article proposals is October 1, 2015. Please submit proposals to the Editor, British Columbia History, Andrea Lister PO Box 21187, Maple Ridge BC V2X 1P7. Email: