New England Museums Now Call for Submissions


New England Museums Now is the professional journal for the voices of museum professionals across the geography, genres, and job descriptions present in our field, and we want your voice to be represented! Submissions for articles are accepted on a rolling basis. However, if your article is especially timely or relates to an upcoming theme, plan on submitting your work before the deadlines below.

What kinds of articles are we seeking?

Though Museum Now issues each focus on a particular theme relevant to our field, we welcome articles on all museum topics. Your submission is not required to fit a theme for an upcoming issue.

Your article may take any of these forms:



Approximate Length

Hot Topics/Current Events

Thoughts on trends in the museum field (any/all genres and issues). Opposing viewpoints and debate welcome.

750-1,500 words

Case Studies (The Good, the Bad, and the Awesome)

Exhibit or program development, prototyping, partnerships with others in/out of the museum field

1,000-2,000 words

Best Practices

“5 Steps to a better…”

Practical tips for better management, donor relations, interactive design, difficult visitor interactions, etc.

500-1,000 words

Book Reviews

Key points and reader reactions from a newly published work (within last 2 years; New England authors/features preferred)

500-1,000 words


Lessons learned, ideas gained from visiting museums outside New England

750-1,500 words


Have a great idea that doesn’t fit one of these categories? Propose it to us!



What about images?

We welcome images submitted with your articles! However, please make sure that they are images that you have a right to share, and be aware that by submitting these images, you are granting NEMA the right to use them in this electronic publication and related marketing. Please identify the photographer or creator of the images so that we may give proper credit. (The best way to be certain you have the right to share the images is to have created them yourself!)

Will NEMA accept an article that has been published elsewhere?

We prefer works that are new and unpublished. However, we may consider a previously published article if you have new information or a different focus which will provide fresh insight to the topic. If submitting a previously published work, please include a link or copy of the original, as well as its original publication date and audience.

If you have a blog post, article from your own museum’s newsletter, or similar, please feel free to submit the link for possible inclusion in our “From the Blogs” or “From the Region” sections.

What are the rights, expectations, and benefits of being a NEMN contributing author?

All submitted articles remain the copyright of the original authors. If NEMA selects your article for publication, you are granting us rights of first electronic publication, along with the right to keep the article on our website and in our association archives in perpetuity, and to excerpt your article for marketing and public relations purposes, such as social media and email communications. After 3 months you may republish your article on any other platform (your personal or institutional blog, other professional journals or review sites, etc). NEMA reserves the right to edit for length and clarity, and will contact you if further edits are requested or required.

If your article is selected, we encourage you to share the link with your own networks and to include your writing credits in your resume and portfolio. We will provide a pdf of your NEMN article for your records on request.

If you wish to submit your article to another market or publication, you may email us to remove your submission from consideration at any time.

When are the deadlines?

We accept article submissions throughout the year. If you would like to write a theme article for any upcoming issue, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your ideas.

We do not require all articles in a single issue to relate to the theme. However, if you have an existing piece particularly suited for an upcoming focus, make sure not to miss the following deadlines:

February 1: Spring 2017 Issue, Theme: “Beyond the Walls” – What’s outside your museum’s doorstep? How do you connect with your museum grounds or neighborhood? What alternative exhibit spaces exist for expanded museum presence? How do you make the most impact in an outreach program or festival appearance? When does your museum’s mission extend beyond your institution’s walls, and where does it take you?

May 1: Summer 2017 Issue, Theme TBA

Future themes may change in response to current events and trends.

Articles should be sent to

When will we notify contributing authors about the status of their submissions?

You will receive an acknowledgement when we receive your submission; notification of acceptance, requests for editing or clarification, etc. will follow on a rolling basis. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of submission, please feel free to inquire.

Your article may be accepted for the next issue or held for an upcoming issue; we will always inform you as to the projected publication date of any accepted submission.

What will help make my article more likely to be published?

We are looking for topics that will be of interest to people across many parts of the museum field. Authors that demonstrate that they have thought about the implications of their topic for people in organizations of different sizes, types, and geographic locations will be at the top of the list.

Always proofread (or have a colleague look over) your piece before submitting it. You can read example articles from previous Museums Now issues here.

Please submit your article in a format easy to read and edit, i.e. as an attached Word document, not as a pdf or in the body of your email. Make sure to include “NEMN submission” in the subject line of your email.

Further Questions?

If you have questions or ideas for themes for upcoming issues, please contact Meg Winikates at or by phone 781-641-0013.