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Author Guidelines - Gateway Magazine

Thank you for your interest in Gateway, the biannual magazine of the Missouri History Museum. Gateway publishes articles on St. Louis's and Missouri's cultural, social, and political issues, both historical and contemporary. Submissions for full-length essays ideally run 3,500–5,000 words. We are actively seeking topics within the areas of western expansion; preservation and architecture; folk culture; music and theater traditions; and civil rights and African American history. We are also interested in essays on individual Missourians and in the history of communities, organizations, and movements in St. Louis. The best way to understand our focus is to purchase a copy of a current Gateway, available at the Missouri History Museum Shop at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park (314-454-3172;

We will accept a query letter with writing samples or a partial or complete manuscript to evaluate. Please email your inquiry and/or material to Lauren Mitchell, Director of Publications, at

We are able to read most word processing programs, although Microsoft Word is preferred. The magazine no longer publishes endnotes, but if desired, notes should be supplied and prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, as we keep them on file for those who are interested. Bibliographies are required for most articles. We will happily return any manuscript that we do not use if you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Not all articles submitted to Gateway are subject to a review process, but some articles may be sent to scholars or other experts for advice and guidance. In addition, if you are affiliated with a university or college that requires your article be submitted for peer review, such review may be arranged. In any case, you will be notified if your article will be sent out for review. In general, the editor will let you know within 8 to 12 weeks from the date your submission is received in the office if it will be accepted for publication. Should you have any other questions on our submissions policy, feel free to contact:

Lauren Mitchell, Director of Publications
(314) 746-4556

Missouri History Museum
Attn: Gateway
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040

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