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Submitting to Works in Progress

Works in Progress is a community resource, so please take advantage by submitting your writing, using the guidelines below.

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.  Writing that stereotypes groups or categories of people will not be accepted for publication.

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 can relate to the theme but material on other topics is important.  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 alone, WIP typically will favor material that is consistent with our mission.

Submitting your writing.  Your piece should be submitted in the following manner:  Send an email to 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 and where to contact you. Ideally, your writing will offer a unique progressive perspective and appeal to local and regional readers.

Formatting your submission.  We request that proposed articles range between 750 and a maximum of 1250 words. Your word document should look like this:

  • calibri 12-pt type
  • no paragraph indents
  • all headings, lines, etc. flush left.  Do not center anything
  • no boldface, underlining or italics (except titles of books & movies), no bullet points
  • As little formatting as possible
  • Do not embed links in your text
  • Refer readers to sources at the end of the article
  • If you refer to more than three sources, they will appear in the online version only
  • Use internet links mainly for contact information

We will prepare submissions for publication according to WIP style-sheet using InDesign. If you have charts or other unique features let us know before the deadline and we’ll get back to you.

Pictures, graphics, cartoons, poetry.  Send pictures etc attached as a .jpg or .png file. 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, the content of each issue may be copied for non-commercial use if attributed.  Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 terms apply. . If an article indicates that copyright is reserved, the article or graphic may not be reproduced without permission of the author.

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