Submission Guidelines

I'll gladly accept essays and articles for publication on this site as long as they meet the general requirements below:

Copyrights

The work of criticism or art you submit must be your work or you must own the copyright over it. 

Your work must respect copyright regulations, so if you quote, make sure you have obtained permission from the copyright holders or stick to appliable rules concering quotes.

The UK "Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48)", for example, allows "fair dealing with a work for the purpose of criticism or review [...] provided that it is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement" (UK Statute Law Database, the full text is here).

Similar regulations are in place in other countries. Generally, you must not quote copyrighted full poems, for example, unless you have obtained permission to do so.

If work is found to violate copyrights, it will be removed immediately.

Format and Layout

To save me time in reformating your texts for the web, please format your texts sticking as closely as possible to these rules:

  • Make sure, your text remains readable (length!)
  • Make sure you adhere to a structure adequate for the web.
  • Limit the amount of footnotes which can be particularly bothersome to read online. Simple references to sources can be included in the text in square brackets, like [Poetry in the Making, 35], when the full reference is given in a bibliography below the text (incl. year of publication etc.).  I simply cannot re-edit your text and do this for you and it greatly adds to readability.
  • Properly reference all quotes and other sources (copyright/plagiarism).
  • Format monographs and book publications in italics and essays, individual articles, pamphlets, poems in "parentheses", e. g. "Catching Animals" in Poetry in the Making, or "An October Salmon" from Collected Poems.
  • Avoid ALL CAPITALS-spellings – this is usually just bad style and may convey the sense of being shouted at, normal emphasis (italics or bold) should be enough.
  • Avoid double or triple emphasis as underline + bold or bold + italics etc. – single emphasis is usually enough. So please try to use bold or italics or underline.
  • Apply hyphens and dashes properly – this is a very common mistake but well worth addressing. Hyphens ("-") join words or separate syllables (as in "twenty-one" or "co-worker") – dashes, in contrast, are "used to contrast values, or illustrate a relationship between two things" (Wikipedia)). If you don't know how to insert a dash, use a double hyphen ("--"), which is easy to replace.
  • Do not break lines of normal paragraphs using the ENTER key at the end of the line but let the text flow normally.
  • If in doubt about any formating issues, please ask!

Thank you.