The Future of History

The Future of History is a journal of undergraduate essays published bi-annually by the History Students' Association. Past publications can be found under the 'Journal Archives' tab of the main menu. 

Continuing the tradition of the previous academic year, the 2016-2017 year will see the publication of both an annual and a special edition of The Future of History, the latter coinciding with the theme of the History Students’ Association’s second Academic Conference. This special edition of the journal will be featured on this website on the week leading up to the Conference in January, and will subsequently printed for distribution on the day of. The Journal will also be printing an annual edition to be distributed in September 2016.

Call for Editors

The Future of History

Apply to become part of The Future of History’s Editorial Board! Applications are due on April 7th at 11:59pm!

All applications must include a one to two page CV, a brief cover letter, and the dates of your final exams. The cover letter must state your desired position(s), your relevant experience, and your academic interests (American labour history, the history of gender in South Asia, etc.). The application must be sent to with the subject line: “Full Name/Application for the Editorial Board/Name of Position(s)”.

Following the application stage, we will set up an in-person or skype interview for selected applicants. The interview stage does not guarantee a position on the editorial board.

Descriptions for the different positions on the Board are below:

Managing Editor (1): This position requires close coordination with the Journal Directors. The Managing Editor is responsible for overseeing the editing and design stages of the journal. Priority will be given to an upper-year student, but it is not a requirement.

Layout and Design Editor (1-2): This position requires close coordination with the Journal Directors. The Layout and Design Editor is responsible for creating and formatting the journal template. This job requires extensive work in the early and possibly late summer (late April/early May and late August), but all of the work and communications can be online. The Design Editor must have a design program on their computer, preferably InDesign. If you are applying for this position, please tell us the design programs you have on your computer. Please note that Design Editors can be from any discipline or academic background.

General Journal Editors (5-6): For this position, you will read all the essays submitted, give comments on them to the editorial board, and then edit one or two of the selected essays in coordination with the Journal Directors and Managing Editor.

The expected commitment is 20 hours with the busy month being April after your final exams. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

How to Submit your Essay

The Future of History is a history peer-reviewed journal, and will accept submissions from undergraduate students and undergraduate alumni who graduated in the 2014-2015 year. Any student enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Toronto can submit an essay as long as it is historical in nature. We often receive essays from students in History and the Philosophy of Science, East Asian Studies, Medieval Studies, Women & Gender Studies etc., and encourage students enrolled in departments other than History to submit. Often, the best essays incorporate other disciplines!

Our editing team will review the submissions and successful applicants will be notified for further editing before publication. 

Submissions Guidelines

  • Papers must not exceed 16 pages double-spaced, excluding bibliography (approximately 4800 words).
  • All papers should be properly and thoroughly cited throughout, with a bibliography of all works referenced within included at the end of your paper.
  • Papers should be formatted in The Chicago Manual of Style, with 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with standard margins. If you submit your paper in MLA or APA format, it will be your responsibility to change your citations into Chicago prior to publication. Information on The Chicago Manual of Style can be found here:  
  • Remove all identifying information from your submission, and submit a cover page with your name and paper title to comply with the blind peer-review process.

Submissions Procedure

  • Deadline for submission is December 23, 2016 at 11:59pm.
  • All submissions should be sent electronically to
  • Include your name and paper title in the subject line of your email.
  • Please submit a 200-word abstract and a 100-word biography in the body of your email.
  • Attach all papers to your email in docx format.
  • If the paper you are submitting has been graded at the University of Toronto, please include the mark received and the class it was submitted to (grade will not be published). Ungraded submissions are welcome.
  • All papers must be original in content, and must not have been previously published. Please notify The Future of History team if your submission has been accepted for publication elsewhere at any time during the review process.
  • If you are University of Toronto alumni, please include your date of graduation.

All applicants will be notified by late January 2017 of their submission status.