Guidelines for Submissions to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice
Deadlines: Material should be submitted to the section editor or editor-in-chief well before the middle of the month prior to publication. We recommend that you contact us as early as possible in the writing process. We might tell you that we already have an excellent submission on the same topic, or we might be able to give you helpful advice. Our community calendar is updated continually. Send submissions to calendar @ pjvoice.com well in advance of the event's date.
Email Addresses: Please send mail to the "pjvoice.com" addresses listed on our masthead instead of our personal email addresses The official email addresses may be archived for quality control or redirected to a backup person when the usual person is on vacation, so your submission will be handled more effectively if you send it to the "pjvoice.com" address. With your emailed submission, please include your name and phone number so that we can reach you if we have any questions.
Length: Many prospective authors ask about the desired length of a piece. Articles should not ramble but rather they should be focused and make a point. The length of a piece should be determined by the material. It should be long enough to make its point, but concise enough to retain the attention of the reader. One of the longest articles we published to date was unusually compelling, and was well received by our readers. Conversely, even a short piece can lose people's attention. The shortest pieces (less than a couple of paragraphs) will be considered as a "letter to the editor" or compiled with other material to create a composite piece.
Tone: We seek an even tone, (1) not too scholarly or academic and (2) not too folksy or casual.
Title: Authors are encouraged to propose a short working title, especially if they are submitting multiple pieces. The first letter of each word in the title should be capitalized. Titles usually have no punctuation. We generally use a subtitle or teaser except for letters to the editor, and the author can propose one. The subtitle is capitalized normally and followed by a period even if it is not a complete sentence. The opening paragraph should expand upon these and make it clear what the article is about.
Credits: We want to give our authors credit for their work. Letters to the editor are usually published with just the name of the author and his or her hometown and state. Longer pieces often have one or two lines of credits at the end. Please provide material we can adapt. If you have already published a piece in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, feel free to reuse the credit you were given last time.
Graphics: We try to provide a graphic (photo, illustration, graph, drawing, ....) with each piece published. Authors are encouraged to suggest graphics. Longer pieces can have multiple graphics. Please suggest captions for photos identifying the photographer or illustrator, and describing the image - for example, identifying the people in a photo and the place the photo was taken. Please ensure that the Philadelphia Jewish Voice has permission to use the graphics which you submit. If the graphic is available on the web, send us its URL. Otherwise, please send a copy to the publisher publisher @ pjvoice.com preferably as a JPG email attachment. Resize all images to a size appropriate for web publication.
Formatting: Your piece will be reformatted, so instead of formatting the text yourself it is preferable to describe in brackets how you would like to have it formatted. For example,
Links: We encourage providing links to relevant resources on the web. Please give the exact URL (web address) of the page you want your reader to view. For example, if you are commenting on an article in the Jewish Exponent, provide a link directly to that article, not to the home page of the Jewish Exponent. The actual URL will not be displayed but will be used to link the text you provide. Biblical citations can be documented with links to a website such as www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Books can be documented with a link to an online bookstore like www.amazon.com.
Copyrights: Do not send us any material unless you are authorized to do so. We will consider reprinting material previously published elsewhere with the permission of the copyright holder. Please indicate with your submission if your article has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere and indicate if we have or how we can obtain permission to reprint. Unless specified otherwise your article and anything else in The Philadelphia Jewish Voice can be reprinted elsewhere provided these same rights are conveyed to the reader and subscription information to The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is provided.
Notification: If you wish to be notified when the issue containing your material is available online, we suggest that you sign up at www.pjvoice.com/subscribe.htm. In that way, you will receive an email each month notifying you of the new issue and mentioning a few highlights.
Caveat: Even if you follow these guidelines, we can only publish a fraction of the submissions we receive. Unless specified otherwise in writing, we reserve the right to edit the material we publish for length, clarity, grammar, accuracy, and style, though we will never intentionally distort the author's intent.