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Below please find our content submission guidelines. Upon review and when you are ready to submit your story click here. Storytellers, if you have further questions or need support with your story please contact us with your ideas in 100 words or less.

STORY GUIDELINES

CONTENT SUBMISSIONS: Feature Stories and Spotlight Stories

Word Count: 1500 Maximum

Please send a short proposal first! All story idea proposals should be in the form of an outline that includes:

– Overview of the Problem/Issue that story addresses
– Replicable solutions that the individual or organization has in place
– Success stories or statistics so far
– Actions the public can take to get involved or support the initiative
– Additional educational resources on the topic

Feature Story ideas that are accepted for publication will ultimately need to be accompanied by any relevant multimedia components, which can include photos, artwork, logos and video or audio files. (Most standard file formats accepted: Jpg, Quicktime, FLV, MP3, AIF)

Email your story idea outline with the subject line FEATURE STORY IDEA to: [email protected] and we will get back to you to discuss further as soon as our editorial staff can review your submission.

MORE DETAILS BELOW — Please Review What A Final Accepted Piece Would Include:

(it) magazine’s Feature and Spotlight Stories generally are Interviews or Profiles of Public Figures, Grass Roots Heroes, Innovators and Non-Profit Organizations and final form can be in a Q&A or narrative form. More specifically, the topic/issue is addressed, a sense of personal passion is revealed, and purpose and action is discovered and encouraged, which leads to relevant information and involvement for the reader. Readers should get a sense of the backstory, the passion that feeds the action, and must always lead to actionable steps for the audience. These action steps will be outlined in a related Make (it) Happen page on the site.

These Stories will also be categorized under:
– Arts and Culture
– Civic & Community
– Education, Research & Technology
– Environment & Sustainable Living
– Family & Human Services
– Health & Fitness
– Human Rights & International Issues
– Sustainable Business
– Wildlife & Animal Welfare

If A/V is available, 6 clips should be included. In general, these audio or video clips should be no more than 5 minutes in length and may be edited for final inclusion on the site.

Ideally 6 or more action steps should be included: various levels/types from reading more to donating, volunteering, letter-writing, community activities, etc.

Please include any additional resource links, i.e. the organization website, and links to other related material, books and helpful articles.

Before submitting ideas, please read through our website at www.itmagazine.net for a sense of how we approach stories and pro-social action, and to see the major topic categories our stories will fall under. We work closely with writers for style and content of final articles, and have standards and practices that can be reviewed.

If you’d like to share your content idea with us, email your story idea outline with the subject line FEATURE STORY IDEA to: [email protected] and we will get back to you to discuss further as soon as our editorial staff can review your submission.

CONTENT SUBMISSIONS: Lifestyle Stories and Resources

Word Count: (Stories) 750 – 1000 (Resources) Variable; short informational items

Lifestyle Stories and Resources will come from the worlds of:

– Art & Music
– Business &Finance
– Food
– Home & Garden
– Movies
– Self
– Sports
– Style
– Travel

Lifestyle Stories can also be accompanied by relevant multimedia components, which can include photos, artwork, logos and video or audio files. (Most standard file formats accepted: Jpg, Quicktime, FLV, MP3, AIF).

In a Lifestyle Story, the topic/issue is addressed, a sense of personal passion is revealed, and purpose and action is discovered and encouraged, which leads to involvement for the reader and includes resources for action and education. Lifestyle stories give us a way to share ideas that come from outside the typical non-profit world by spotlighting efforts occurring in the worlds of Sports, Music, Design, Travel, etc as noted above.

Lifestyle Resources are just that — short informational items — tips and tidbits that make it easier to live a more sustainable and valuable life thru the choices we make in our purchases, lifestyle and entertainment. Included will be useful links, product reviews, books and other resources in short written pieces that fall under our 9 Lifestyle categories. Multimedia components are encouraged, and can include photos, artwork, logos and video or audio files.

We work closely with writers for style and content of final articles, and have standards and practices that can be reviewed.

Email your LIFESTYLE story or resources ideas in outline form with the subject line LIFESTYLE STORY IDEA to: [email protected] and we will get back to you to discuss further as soon as our editorial staff can review your submission.

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