In honor of American Archives Month, the award-winning New York Archives magazine announces its annual essay competition to promote and recognize excellence in collegiate student research. The purpose of the competition is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to explore the wealth of resources held in archival repositories across New York State.

New York Archives, a quarterly education publication of New York State Archives Partnership Trust, highlights New York State history based on research using historical records. New York Archives is not an academic journal. It is designed to appeal to a general audience with an interest in the history of New York State. This graphically rich publication is designed to be accessible to the general reader. The length of articles does not exceed 1,800 words, and the features are designed as 2- to 4-page spreads. Writers can read select articles by visiting Magazine Highlights.

Winning essays will be submitted to the New York Archives editorial committee for consideration for and receive a cash prize and a year-long subscription to New York Archives.

2020 New York Archives Magazine Essay Competition Guidelines

New York Archives Magazine Essay Competition Entry Form

New York Archives Magazine Essay Competition Poster

For More Information

Visit New York Archives Magazine Essay Competition FAQs for answers to the questions asked most frequently. If you still have questions, please contact Katherine Federiconi at (518) 473-2969 or via email . 

Entries should be emailed to: with the subject line: NY Archives Essay Competition.