How do I contribute a story to mailout.co?

Guidelines for contributing articles:

mailout.co champions engagement and participation in the arts across the UK and further afield.  Our mission is to champion the arts in more places with more people and support a world leading community of professional practitioners.

We are now a busy online resource but mailout existed for many years as a magazine.  In addition to the news, events, opportunities and funding information which updates daily we still maintain the longer, in-depth articles about participation, good practice, opinion and related issues.  We aim to promote the value and range of participation in the arts but also share and inspire.

We include articles on projects and ongoing activity, profiles on participatory artists and companies, good practice information and essays discussing related issues.

This is a professional resource that is usually read in the workplace or, increasingly on the move with a smartphone or tablet.

It is important that the information is ‘transferable’. By this we mean engages the reader in a way that supports and inspires their work. We want to celebrate good work but to make it useful and interesting we sometimes need to look back a stage too.

A good article asks and answers questions such as:

  • Why do we do what we do/did what we did?
  • Whose idea was it?
  • Who did we plan to work with?
  • Who did we end up working with?
  • What do we know now that we wished we’d known then?
  • What were the unexpected outcomes?
  • What didn’t work?
  • What challenges did we overcome?
  • How did we overcome them?
  • What did we learn?
  • How would we do things differently in the future?
  • What issues did we encounter?
  • What barriers did we encounter?
  • What problems did we foresee that weren’t problems?
  • What are the trends that are changing the way that we work?

Another thing we like is to hear partner and participant voice – perhaps with views before and after a project.

  • What did the youth worker/teacher/funder/carer/centre staff think?
  • What did the participant think?

 

Factfile

Sometimes we include a strip at the edge of articles with some additional information, jargon busting, contacts or related publications.

Pictures

A picture draws readers into an article.  It is what catches our eye as we surf the net or flick through a magazine. Good pictures are essential.  Ideally we like digital pictures, as high a resolution as possible with a description and photo credit where appropriate.

Videos and audio files

As a digital resource we are now able to publish video and audio files. Have you made a film or recording that you think our readers would enjoy? We’re not able to be your video editors so we’d appreciate finished work. Please also supply us with some background/context information.

Size of articles

We like news stories of any length. For feature articles we are looking for between 800 and 1,500 words.

Terms and conditions

We are aware of the importance of stating the terms of publication of your contributions to mailout.co

Your article will be published in mailout.co which is a free resource. It will also be promoted via twitter, e-bulletin and facebook.

In providing us with an article or image we take this to mean that it is the work of yourself, your organisation and/or the stated author and that you have permission to distribute this article for publication in both print and web formats.

In cases of images of participants or artists work it is your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate permissions to reproduce the work as part of an article and that they are aware of the intended use.

By submitting your article to mailout.co you are aware that the article may be edited for general layout and relevance to the intended audience.

Due to time constraints, edited versions of articles are not always referred back to the author prior to publication.

If your article requires proofing by your organisation/author you must state this as a requirement when you submit the article to us (to allow time for this action to occur).

Further Information

The editors are always keen to engage with contributors.

Please feel free to contact Rob, Sue, Lyndsey or Claire on:
T:  01254 674777 or E: hello@mailout.co

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