Submissions Guide

From academic articles to historical fiction, we accept a range of submissions for publication on our website. You don’t have to be a regular Columnist nor a History, Classics or Archaeology student to submit, so if you would like to write for Retrospect Journal then we would love to hear from you!

We have included details of our categories below, as well as more general submissions guidance.


Academic (1000-1500 words)

Extended articles, formal in tone and suitable for an academic audience.

Academic articles should be submitted without footnotes but with a full bibliography.

Read more of our Academic articles here.

Features (800-1000 words)

An in-depth, balanced discussion of any topic of interest with an original, opinionated angle. Journalistic in style, they should be accessible and engaging to a non-HCA audience.

Features must be nuanced and should be submitted without footnotes but with a full bibliography where appropriate.

Read more of our Features here.

Interviews (1500-2000 words)

Interviews may take varying approaches, from collaborative discussions with students to conversational pieces with academics provided there is an historical focus.

Read more of our Interviews here.

Reviews (600-1000 words)

Reviews can cover any medium, provided they have a history, classics or archaeology relevance. This may include arts and theatre, books, screen or exhibition reviews.

Event reviews should remain current on the date of publication which will often fall several weeks after submission and are not included in print publications.

Read more of our Reviews here.

Fiction (500-1000 words)

Short stories, poetry, or other works of fiction which draw from actual events in history, creatively incorporating or elaborating them in a fictional narrative.

References to past events should be tasteful and not cause offence to the reader.

Read more of our Fiction here.

Retroshorts (400-600 words)

A new category for 2022. Short articles on trivia and fact-based information. Conducted in a formal tone with an emphasis of explanatory knowledge.

Read more Retroshorts here.

General Submissions Guidelines

Articles are accepted throughout the year provided you have purchased a society membership through our EUSA page. We publish new articles every Monday but cannot always guarantee the date of publication due to the number of submissions we receive.

All submissions should be sent to and must include your name.

If you are interested in submitting articles for our print editions, do sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media where we will announce further details when submissions open.

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