Submissions

Writer-1000x676TheGreenGazette – GUIDELINES FOR WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

TheGreenGazette is always on the lookout for stories from experienced and developing writers. If you’ve got breaking news, a fresh angle on an old topic, a scoop on a new topic, or an opinion or story idea that will wow our readers, we want to hear from you. Contact our publisher at lisa@thegreengazette.ca with your ideas, and be sure to check out our full editorial guidelines below.
 

TheGreenGazette is the Cariboo’s magazine of choice for eco-friendly concepts, organic farming, country living, green technology, health and wellness, environmental issues, and businesses making a difference . It is published bimonthly, and distributed directly to residents and to specific locations throughout the Cariboo and Chilcotin areas of British Columbia, Canada. The publication is also available through subscription and online media. TheGreenGazette is a general interest magazine. Our readership includes residents, homeowners, farmers, Green supporters, and people thinking about Greening their lifestyles, though may not yet have taken the plunge. We look forward to discussing your ideas and receiving your submissions.

ARTICLE TOPICS

We accept articles on a wide range of Green topics with a special emphasis on eco-friendly concepts, organic farming, country living, off grid technology, environmental issues, healthy living, social justice, recycling initiatives, climate change, natural medicine, ecology, food preservation, and relevant news stories. We also accept story ideas that focus on our pre-determined bimonthly topics, a list of which is available from the publisher.

ISSUES

We are now accepting material for future issues. TheGreenGazette publishes 6 issues a year.

Deadline for submissions is the 10th of the month preceding publication or as determined by the Publisher. Issues come out on the first Tuesday of every other month.

We are looking for proposals for GREEN stories directly related to eco-friendly concepts, organic farming, country living, off grid technology, environmental issues, recycling initiatives, climate changes, natural medicine, ecology, food preservation, relevant news stories. Submit a lead paragraph and summary of the article, indicate whether you will provide photographs or illustrations. All submissions are on speculation only and publication is not guaranteed. Publication is dependent on the quality of writing and space available.

LENGTH & FORMAT

The preferred article length is from 500 to 1000 words. Unless the story is prewritten, the publisher will assign a word count at the time of accepting the article. Please include sources and interview contacts at the end of the article. We prefer that email submissions be transmitted as a Microsoft Word Doc attachment. Please read the following house style requirements and adhere to them upon submission.

i. Please structure spelling, grammar, and punctuation as per the Canadian Press style guide.

ii. Leave only one character space between sentences.

iii. Please use the serial comma. For example: “We like style, interest, and fun in our articles.”

iv. When referring to a source, state the source’s full name in the first reference, and then refer to him or her by last name in subsequent references. Use “says” rather than “said” when quoting sources. For example: James Fernie recycles everything he uses. “It’s good for the Earth,” says Fernie.

v. We capitalize “Earth” and “Green” for obvious reasons.

vi. Avoid superfluous, unnecessary language whenever possible. For example, avoid: “Jane was really upset and mad” when you could say, “Jane was furious.”

vii. We do not use periods between provincial abbreviations (BC not B.C.) but we do use them in time references (a.m./p.m. rather than am/pm).

viii. Include a title and always include your name, address, phone number, email, word count, and available rights at the top of the first page of your story. Please also include a personal bio up to 50 words in length.

VISUALS

Please include only high quality, visual material for your article. Photographs, sketches, maps, historical documents, etc. should be sharp and well lit. We prefer that digital images be sent in high resolution at original size with no cropping, adjustments, or re-sampling. Scans must be submitted at no less than 300dpi. Photos must be accompanied by a one line descriptive caption and the name of the person who took the photo (photo credit.) If you are unable to provide imagery, please include at the end of your article a suggestion for accompanying imagery.

DEADLINES

To guarantee consideration for the next issue, it is best to send your submissions seven days prior to the deadline. Acceptable stories that do not make the current issue or arrive late may be held over to another issue

EDITING

Check the spelling and grammar of your stories carefully before submitting. Minor corrections will be made without writer consent. Some editing may occur to fit the space of the magazine. Stories that require significant changes to improve the quality or clarify facts will be returned to the author for revision and feedback. Our magazine is a platform for both experienced and developing writers, so as long as the angle is strong, we will work with you to strengthen your voice.

Send your submissions to: lisa@thegreengazette.ca

ARTICLE FORMAT

All stories submitted for publication in TheGreenGazette must be original and unpublished (unless pre-discussed with the publisher), and must fit the topic under which they were assigned. Stories must be researched and factual, succinct and informative, interesting and meaningful. We accept third person reporting: “The children at Playtime Daycare are learning to recycle”; second person narrative, “You could learn something from the children at Playtime Daycare who are learning to recycle”; and, delicate use of first person narrative: “I am a teacher at Playtime Daycare and, wow, those kids can recycle.”

Unlike other magazines, we do not necessarily shy away from first person narrative or prose; however, stories written in this voice must still contain depth and meaningful content that our readers can take something away from. We also welcome and encourage opinion pieces and letters to the editor. It’s okay to let readers know if an issue upsets you, but please keep to the facts and avoid ranting to better make your point.

SUBMISSIONS AND PAYMENT

We are looking for proposals for Green stories directly related to eco-friendly concepts, organic farming, country living, off grid technology, environmental issues, recycling initiatives, climate changes, natural medicine, ecology, food preservation, and other relevant news stories that fit TheGreenGazette’s mission and purpose.

Before making a submission or pitch to TheGreenGazette, please read at least one back issue to get a good idea of the voices and ideas we aim to represent.

To pitch a story to TheGreenGazette, please submit a lead paragraph and summary of the article, limited to 250 words, and indicate whether you will provide photographs or illustrations. Your lead paragraph should be an indicative sample of your writing style, be free of typographical and grammatical errors, and clearly state your angle or how you intend to take a fresh perspective on your topic.

For instance, an article about the benefits of yoga wouldn’t represent a fresh topic; however, an article about a new type of yoga, how yoga can help readers achieve seldom considered benefits, or how new practitioners can get started would be an excellent fit. We welcome and encourage less mainstream perspectives on all topics, provided they are substantiated with sufficient research, including first-hand experience or your expert knowledge. All submissions are accepted on speculation only and publication is not guaranteed. Publication is dependent on the quality of writing and space available.

If you have a topic you would like to write about or are an expert on and you need help developing your angle, please provide the publisher with your idea. As mentioned previously, our magazine is a platform for both experienced and developing writers, so as long as the angle is strong, we will work with you to strengthen your voice.

TheGreenGazette does not pay for articles; however, authors are provided a bio in which they are welcome to promote themselves, provide contact information, and insert a link to their business website if applicable

For a pdf of the submission guidelines, click here: Guidelines For Writers 2014