We think we have a great group of writers and artists and are always looking to add fresh new voices. While we welcome writers and artists from all walks of life, at this time we are particularly looking to add more diversity to our lineup, so members of under-represented groups will be given special consideration. We are also interested in adding folks associated with community organizations that host major events in the community.
Below are a few guidelines for working with us. Please read the list carefully before deciding if we are a good fit for each other. If you wish to pursue a working relationship with us, feel free to go ahead and submit an item for consideration. We look forward to hearing from you!
To get a feel for who we are, please read our mission, vision, and core values statements.
- We’re all about promoting arts, local happenings, people and places in our community, advocating for change, and social justice. We accept mainly works of opinion/commentary, information about upcoming major community events, interviews, features, fiction, poetry, photography, and artwork. Think in terms of what you would expect to see in a monthly, locally-focused magazine with broad appeal. If you haven’t already done so, we suggest you peruse our site to get an idea of what kinds of pieces we publish.
- We are unabashedly progressive in our politics, but we will happily accept thoughtful, well-reasoned, and respectful commentary representing differing political views. Our primary objective is to give voice to those who are not being heard.
- As an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, we cannot afford to pay for any material.
- We are an electronic publication with no defined schedule; we are free to publish your pieces as often or seldom as suits you. Some of our contributors file a new piece once a week like clockwork; others send us something whenever the muse strikes, or when there is something timely to write about. We’re fine with whatever works for you.
- Generally speaking, we like to schedule content one to two weeks in advance. Therefore, please don’t expect your piece to appear right away. If your piece is time-sensitive, please let us know when you submit it and we’ll try to accommodate you. If you don’t specify a date for publication, we’ll select a date. We try to schedule our content so at least one or two new pieces drop every weekday.
- We prefer submissions to be sent via email to our editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) as separate files. Microsoft Word documents work great for us if you have that. If you use another word processor, please save your documents as generic rich text format (such as .rtf or .odt) or as plain text (.txt). If you can’t do that, let us know what format you propose to use, and we’ll try to work with you on that.
- We have a policy of including at least one image (photo or artwork) with every piece we publish; we can run multiple images as well. If you do not submit an image with your piece, we will select one from a stock photo database or select one from our own library. The best images are landscape (wide) oriented and at least 1,200 pixels wide — but the bigger, the better. We can always scale down, but scaling up is problematic. If you are not the author of the image, please let us know who to credit if possible.
- Please send any images as separate files. If you want your image(s) to appear at specific places within the text, indicate so by inserting a cutline (caption) or the file name at the appropriate place. If you don’t suggest a cutline for the image, we may write one.
- Please suggest a headline for your piece. We reserve the right to change it at our discretion.
- Since we have all the space in the world, we don’t have word limits. The best practice for most types of writing is to target a word count in the range of 600 to 800 words for best readability, but we will accept any length.
- If you submit original photography or artwork as a “stand-alone” piece (as opposed to an illustration to go along with a longer written piece), we ask that you include some information about the image. For instance, what is the media (for artwork), the location, and time of day (for photography). What inspired the work? Include information about the subject. Anything that might be of interest to our readers. We generally don’t publish images without any accompanying text for context.
- We reserve the right to make light edits to all submissions and to apply formatting that fits the overall design of our site; we will not send you an advance copy unless you request it.
- You retain ownership of the material you submit to us and may republish in any other media, electronic or print.
- We strongly encourage our contributors to promote their work once published by sharing on social media, via email to friends, and so forth. We will also share most published work on our own social media channels.
- With your first submission, please include a brief biography of yourself (two or three sentences), your email address, your website or preferred social media site (optional — if you would like a link included with your byline), and a photo of yourself. Unless you tell us otherwise, we will include your email link with all of your contributions.
Still have questions? Drop us a line at email@example.com.