The magazine’s Commentary section seeks to place contemporary issues within historical context, shedding new light on topics of historical significance. Commentaries give writers a chance to reflect on their role as historians, what influences their work, and why understanding the past is critical to knowing our place in the present. 

Commentaries should be 1,000 to 1,500 words long, doubled-spaced, and must be relevant to Montana or the West. In the heading of your submission, include your name and title/affiliation as you'd like it to appear in the magazine.

The best style guide for Montana is a recent issue of our magazine, but generally we follow the latest revised edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.