FEATURES GUIDELINES

OUR TIMES WRITERS' GUIDELINES

SENDING IN STORY IDEAS
Send us a proposal. Tell us about the topic, your angle (and what the other side is saying), and why you think your story would interest Our Times readers. Give us a month to respond. If we don't, then contact us again. Please note that, as a Canadian labour magazine, we generally prefer Canadian-based stories.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
If you get the green light from us, send in your article. An e-mail attachment is best, in rich text format, if possible. If you're sending your article by regular mail, make sure it's typed and double-spaced, and please include a copy on a PC-compatible floppy disk. Include your name, address, telephone and e-mail numbers, and a short biography of yourself at the end of your article that includes where you live and work, and, if you're a union member, include the name of your union local.

STYLE
We generally follow Canadian Press style, and the Oxford dictionary for spelling. We are not an academic journal. The clearer and plainer the language, the better. Keep in mind that Our Times goes all over the country. Your story must hold the interest of readers from Vancouver Island to Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

LENGTH
Features: 1,500 to 3,000 words.
Commentaries: 850 words.
Reviews: 600 to 1,000 words.

EDITING PROCESS
Alterations will almost always be necessary, so don't be surprised. Usually we will send you a copy of the edited manuscript. This is your chance to respond to the editing. Every effort will be made to consult with you throughout the editing process. Do not sweat over headlines for your article. We'll accept your suggestions, but we usually write them ourselves.

LEAD TIME AND DEADLINES
Lead times are very long. The first draft of your story should be in at least two months before the issue for which it's scheduled to hit the newsstands. For example, a story scheduled for the September issue should be in our hands no later than the end of June.

It's crucial for you to meet the deadline. If you're going to be late or you're running into trouble with your story, let us know. Otherwise, we'll be counting on you.

COPYRIGHT
You own your story. All we purchase from you is the right to publish your article first, before anyone else. If you've sent your article to other publications as well, please let us know. If anyone wants to reprint your article after seeing it in Our Times, we will refer them directly to you.

PAYMENT
Our Times has a small contributors budget for each issue. We gratefully accept articles labour-donated by activists already gainfully employed in occupations other than writing. For working writers, we generally pay at least a $100 honorarium for short stories and smaller features up to 1,500 words, $200 to $300 for longer features, and $25 for smaller items. If more articles than usual have been labour-donated in a particular issue, we can sometimes pay more. We pay $50 for reviews. We pay earlier when we are able to, but generally on publication. Contributors will receive a copy of the magazine.

WHO ARE YOU GONNA CALL?

Lorraine Endicott
Our Times Editor, P.O. Box 182
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia B2H 5E2
Tel: (902) 755-6840
Fax: (902) 755-1292
Email: editor@ourtimes.ca

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