The Green Gazette – GUIDELINES FOR WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORSThe Green Gazette 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas, and be sure to check out our full editorial guidelines below.
The Green Gazette 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 two times a year in the summer and winter, and is distributed throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin Region and in select locations across northern BC and along the Fraser Highway. 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.
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, ecology, food preservation, and relevant news stories. We also accept story ideas that focus on our pre-determined seasonal topics, a list of which is available from the publisher.
We are now accepting material for future issues. The Green Gazette publishes two issues a year in the summer and winter.
Deadline for submissions is the 5th of the month preceding publication or as determined by the Publisher.
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 health and wellness, 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 600 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 sent 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 40 words in length.
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 at no less than 300 dpi. 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, if applicable, please include a suggestion for accompanying imagery.
To guarantee consideration for the next issue, it is best to send 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.
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.
All stories submitted for publication in The Green Gazette 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. Please contribute well informed perspectives on topics based on facts and avoiding ranting to make your point.
SUBMISSIONS AND PAYMENT
Before making a submission or pitch to The Green Gazette, 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 The Green Gazette, 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.
The Green Gazette 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.
Thanks for your interest in our magazine – we look forward to hearing from you!