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Submission Guidelines

Vox Humana

Guidelines and Policies for Submitting Articles

Contributors and Contributions

We call those who contribute content correspondents.

We call their contributions dispatches from the field.

Who Can Be a Correspondent?

Anyone can be a correspondent. We believe everyone in the world has a story to tell, and Vox Humana is a place where anyone can share their story.

What Dispatches Are We Seeking from Correspondents?

We are seeking articles, photographic essays, video and audio clips, and other types of contributions that tell your story. We want raw and personal stories that reveal what life is like in your world from your perspective. We want the authentic story from an authentic person, not necessarily a polished piece filtered through a professional writer and then an editor who are both disconnected from the real-life, personal experience.

We want to hear your story.

Accepted dispatches from correspondents are nonfiction personal narratives in the following formats:

• Written articles
• Photographs
• Personal videos
• Short video documentaries
• Audio recordings

Occasionally, Vox Humana will accept the following dispatches:

• Original art
• Poetry
• Short fiction
• Short fiction films

Dispatches must be first-person narratives about life in your corner of the world. Any submissions we consider to be spam will be rejected and the contributor may be barred from submitting any future dispatches to Vox Humana.

Correspondences will keep the rights to their dispatches, although Vox Humana will maintain limited rights of use of those dispatches. See the “Submission Requirements” section below for full details.

Where and How to Submit Your Dispatch

Please submit your dispatch by sending us an email here: http://voxhumana.com/contact/. Include a brief summary of your dispatch idea and state whether it will be an article, a photographic essay, video or audio clip, or other type of contribution.

We will review your idea, and if we approve it we’ll send you instructions on how and where to submit your first dispatch and receive payment.

 Submission Requirements

You must be the original creator of any content you submit and have the legal right to publish it. Your content may have been previously published as long as you have the right to republish it. It is your full responsibility to ensure you have the legal right to publication of any content you submit. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Vox Humana for any damages arising from the publishing of any material you submit, whether you had or did not have legal right to its publication at the time of submission or any time during its appearance in our properties.

Vox Humana will not reserve any rights to your work except the rights to a) keep the content published on our website indefinitely, b) republish your content in any other Vox Humana online or printed property at any time, and c) remove your content from any Vox Humana property at any time and for any reason whatsoever, including for no ostensible reason and whether or not you agree with our reason for removal. Should you need us to remove your content, send us a removal request; however, we cannot guarantee removal but will make a reasonable effort to promptly do so.

At this time, articles for submission must be in English (British or American). Please do your best to ensure your content is well written using proper English grammar and punctuation. We understand that many of our submissions are from international correspondents who are not trained writers; therefore, we do not expect impeccable English grammar and punctuation; however, many free spell checkers are available online and we expect proper spelling.

We recommend these free online resources to help you with your English writing skills:

• Spelling: Merriam-Webster online dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com
• Grammar: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Grammar, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/5
• Punctuation: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Punctuation, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/6
• Style: The Chicago Manual of Style Online, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
• Style: The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., http://www.bartleby.com/141

We also encourage having your article copyedited carefully before submission. Please do not submit a draft of your article; it should be in finished form upon submission.

Over time, we hope to add multilingual editors to our staff, which will enable us to accept and publish dispatches in various other languages.

For photos, illustrations, videos, audio recordings, and content in other forms, please submit a finished version of your work. We will not publish what we deem to be drafts or works of what we consider substandard quality. We understand that the quality of art can be subjective; we will use our best judgment to rule on the quality of any submissions.

We reserve the unconditional right to approve or deny publication of any submission for any reason. We may or may not provide you with a reason for approval or denial.

We reserve the unconditional right to edit, alter, revise, rewrite, rework, or change your submission in any way prior to or after publication on our website or on any of our properties.

To submit content to us, please review our online submission information here: http://voxhumana.com/contribute/.

For video and other especially large files, please contact us to make submission arrangements or use an online sharing service (such as YouTube) to host the content and then provide us with a link to the file.

After submitting content, we may or may not contact you prior to publication. We will contact you if we have any questions on your submission, require any clarification, or need to reach you for any other reason.

Formatting of Articles

Articles for submission should be prepared as follows:

1) Articles should be at minimum 250 words and generally no more than 5,000 words—unless a serial piece, which should be broken up into parts of 5,000 or fewer words each.

2) Included with the article text must be the title; the author’s name, location, and a brief bio of 50 or fewer words; an abstract, or summary of the article; and a list of key words.

3) Lengthy articles should be broken into sections with headings in bold type above each section.

4) List all citations in endnotes at the end of the article, not in the text. Number endnotes sequentially with Arabic numbers.

5) Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style, 12th edition, for style, reference, and citation guidelines; and to Merriam-Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, for correct spelling of words.

6) Use 11-point Courier or Courier New font.

7) Add an extra line space to indicate paragraph breaks. Do not indent the beginning of paragraphs.

Formatting of Images

1) Submit images in JPG, PNG, GIF, or PDF format.

2) Upload files no larger than 1 MB.

3) Ensure your image is ready for publication without further editing of any kind required.

Formatting of Video

1) Submit videos in MPEG, AVI, or WMV format, or as embed code or a link from an online video hosting service (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo).

2) For raw video files, please contact us first to make submission arrangements.

Formatting of Audio

1) Submit audio in MP3, WAV, or OGG format, or as embed code or a link from an online audio hosting service.

2) For raw audio files, please contact us first to make submission arrangements.

Formatting of Other Works

1) For any other files too large to be uploaded via our online submission form at http://voxhumana.com/contribute/, please contact us first to make submission arrangements.


At this time, Vox Humana is paying for submissions. You may review our compensation details here: http://voxhumana.com/contribute/.

Vox Humana is a nonprofit program operating under Child Wellness Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the United States.