Guidelines for writing for WIP. Our priority is to focus on stories that are ignored or misrepresented in the mainstream media, especially those that relate directly to our mission.
To this end,we seek well-researched news stories, serious analyses of issues confronting our communities and accounts of personal experiences or reflections by local writers. Informed opinion pieces are welcome, especially when accompanied by facts, examples and sources. We are also looking for submissions of poetry, graphics, cartoons and articles that challenge the boundaries of conventional journalism.
We discourage writing where a key point is stated as fact when it is unproven or in serious dispute. Once we receive a submission we may choose to publish it, or not. Articles that relate to a theme (you’ll find the theme for 2 months ahead on P. 2 of each issue) may have preference but material on other topics is welcome as usual. Editing that extends beyond that needed for clarity will be reviewed with the author. While the views expressed in the material we print are those of the author, WIP strives to present material that is consistent with our mission.
Submitting your writing. Your piece should be submitted in the following manner:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word SUBMISSION as part of the subject line
- Attach your submission as a word document (formatted as indicated below)
- Include your name, a brief bio to run at the end of the piece, along with information where to contact you if necessary (a good email or phone number).
Ideally, your writing will offer a unique progressive perspective and appeal to local and regional readers. WIP volunteer editors will contact you if there is significant editing needed. If you want to submit an article to be reprinted, include the permission to reprint and the original location.
Formatting your submission. We request that proposed articles range between 750 and a maximum of 1700 words. Your word document should look like this:
- calibri 12-pt type
- no paragraph indents
- all headings, lines, etc. flush left
- no boldface, underlining or italics (except titles of books & movies)
- as little formatting as possible facilitates layout work
We will format for publication according to WIP conventions using InDesign. If you have charts or other unique features we’ll get back to you.
Pictures, graphics, cartoons, poetry. Send pictures etc as attachments. Pictures should be high resolution with dimensions in relation to the content. (A head-shot can be smaller; a group photo has to be larger.) Generally 300 pixels is one inch, so the biggest that a photo 600 pixels x 1200 pixels will print is 2” x 4”. Graphics can be sent as attachments, or mailed to P.O. Box 295, Olympia, WA 98507 for us to scan. Pictures or graphics submitted as candidates for the cover should be able to be printed at 7” x 8”. Be sure to sign or provide attribution for graphic materials. Poetry will retain your formatting to the degree possible.
Copyright and reprinting. Unless otherwise noted, content may be copied for non-commercial use if attributed. Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 terms apply. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/ . If an author has stated a copyright reservation, the article or graphic may not be reproduced without permission..
Theme for October–Immigration
The October issue of WIP offers an experiment in this volunteer-based project. At a WIP public meeting in May many people expressed a desire that WIP cover the critical issue of immigration. Anne Fischel, long-time WIP reader, proposed to organize a group of writers to assemble a set of articles from varied perspectives that would give WIP readers an informed sense of current immigration policies and issues. Much of the October issue will be dedicated to those topics, but submissions on other issues are sought as well. We welcome reader feedback about this approach to organizing an issue, including ideas for the future.
Theme for November—The Public Good
Heading into the month of elections, we hope to stimulate lively debate about our collective social well-being by inviting writers to address this theme: “public goods or the public good?” At this historical moment, with public goods like clean water and clean air under attack and up for sale by the very agencies created to protect them, we can think of few other topics that need wide discussion. The shape of our efforts to organize our political actions will be limited or expanded in direct measure to our political imagining about the meaning of the public good. Making a distinction between public goods and the public good is an essential concept for all of us.