Guidelines for submissions

Our priority is to focus on stories that are ignored or misrepresented in the mainstream media.  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 authors.  We also consider poetry, graphics, cartoons and articles that challenge conventional journalism.

We discourage writing where a key point is stated as fact that is unproven or in serious dispute.  Once we receive a submission, we may choose to publish it or not.  Articles that relate to the month’s theme will have preference, but other topics are also welcome, as usual.  Editing that extends beyond that needed for clarity will be reviewed with the author.

Submissions should:

  • Offer a unique progressive perspective in line with the theme
  • Appeal to local and regional readers
  • Range between 750-1200 words
  • Include a one- or two-line bio of the author
  • Include an email address for contacts if you wish
  • Be sent as an email attachment in word to with the word “submission” in the subject line

Theme for the June issue:

The Surveillance Society

To a great extent our nation functions due to the immense collection of intelligence and information on individuals. This data collection usually assumes concealed forms of surveillance covering practically all aspects of the life of a regular citizen–our political beliefs, our economic status, sexual orientation, detailed reports of our consuming habits, etc. State security agencies, social media organizations like Facebook and commercial institutions such as credit card companies and Amazon use this information for their own purposes and to sustain the status quo. We invite our readers to contribute with their experiences, reflections, and forms of resistance against these new forms of intrusion that are contrary to democracy.