ARMY Magazine: Writer's Guidelines
Features are typically 1,000 to 1,500 words long. Shorter articles such as sidebars to features or photo essays are 250 to 500 words.
Include a brief explanation of why your submission (if it is a feature article) is timely, innovative or important.
Book reviews and guest columns (such as articles for "Front & Center") are preferably 750 to 1,000 words long. We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you are interested in book reviewing, write us regarding your areas of interest and expertise. Send writing samples as well.
Please send your article via email as a Word attachment, or typed in the body of an email. For the article itself, use only standard, double spaced word processing (like a term paper, but with no footnotes). Do not insert pictures or graphics in the article; however, you may certainly suggest insertion points for images if they are of importance. Ensure that images are clearly marked so that any references to them are clear.
Photographs and Other Artwork
“Front and Center” essays usually don’t run with images. For features, however, we are interested in seeing photographs or artwork that may enhance your article. We can use hardcopy black and white or color prints. If submitting electronic images, please make sure they are at least 300 dpi. We require high resolution to ensure quality reproduction of the image in print. We can accept Photoshop EPS, TIFF and JPEG files. Please include caption and credit information for each photograph.
We take your suggestions for headlines seriously. Please send headline suggestions with your article.
Biographical information should be submitted with the text of the article. Include as much information as possible, preferably a vita.
Please do not send us articles that have been submitted or published elsewhere. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
Send all article proposals and submissions to:
Editor in Chief
2425 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
E-mail: [email protected]
We would prefer that electronic images be supplied on a CD, but we can accept photos via email. Each image must be sent as a stand-alone graphic file. In other words, if you have image files (pictures) contained in a PowerPoint presentation, please don’t send us the whole presentation, just the original image files that were inserted into the presentation. Similarly, please do not imbed images in a Word document or send retouched images (like collages or pictures that have had text or other graphics added to them). Accompanying caption information is also critical; see below for particulars.
- For the technically inclined, the resolution for photographic images that appear in ARMY magazine is 300ppi. This means that we require high resolution digital images to ensure quality reproduction in print. We can accept Photoshop EPS, TIFF and JPEG files. The following chart is a guide for submitting electronic images for publication in the magazine, and is based on CMYK EPS files. It shows the file size necessary to print at common dimensions in the magazine.
SIZE IN MAGAZINE
full page bleed
APPROX. SIZE IN PIXELS
1530 x 1115
2160 x 1570
2475 x 3400
- For the layman, a simple rule of thumb is that high resolution image files are at least .5 MB in size, and usually closer to 1 MB; if your image file is smaller than this, then it probably won’t reproduce well for print. The easiest way to determine the size or your image in "pixels per inch (ppi)" or "dots per inch (dpi)" is to open the image in any photo viewing or editing software, such as Microsoft Photo Editor, click the "File" dropdown menu and choose "Properties." This should tell you the file size of your image.
To ensure best use, each image should have its own caption. Include all captions in a separate word file, clearly indicating which captions go with which images. Do not imbed photos and captions in a word document together. Do not use photo software to overwrite captions or to place labels on images themselves. Descriptive file names are helpful, but they are not substitutes for good captions. Avoid acronyms if possible, and spell them out if used. Please make your captions complete sentences and as specific to the image and what is depicted in it as possible (people, equipment, activity, place, etc).
EXAMPLE SUBMISSION WITH IMAGES:
A typical submission, with 3 images, would have the following five files:
*author bio information included at the end of the article