Metamorphosis Writers’ Guidelines

as developed by
Maria Barron and Gregory Ellison

 

We are always looking for interesting articles, poems, artwork and other works whose authors want to contribute to the rich exchange of ideas, information and insights presented monthly in Metamorphosis. There is no pay available, as our newsletter is 100 percent volunteer-produced. But here’s what you can do to join the discussion.

1.  Submission and deadlines — To propose a story, e-mail metamorphosis@consciousevolution.com, and a member of the Newsletter Committee will talk with you about it so we can get a good idea of what you’re doing. If we agree that it’s a good fit for Metamorphosis, we’ll schedule it for an upcoming monthly issue. To enable stories to get proper attention for a nice presentation, we like to receive them — and related graphics — as early as possible and ideally by the 15th of the month, but the Big Bad Deadline is the 25th of the month to appear in the following month’s issue. Acceptance of any article submission does not imply a guarantee of publication nor of inclusion in any specific issue of the newsletter.

2.  Subject and theme — Articles can be on a very wide range of subjects of interest to a spiritually oriented audience. Although they need not refer explicitly to the theme of conscious evolution, they should be compatible with the idea of spiritual awakening on a worldwide scale in the current time frame. Specifically, articles that extol the use of spiritual or metaphysical ideas for purely selfish ends are not appropriate (e.g., casting curses or hexes, invoking dark or demonic forces, etc.). Articles propounding a specific path, religion or spiritual practice should avoid condemning or debunking other paths, practices or beliefs. Some identified topics of interest to our readers are: astrology, dreams, healing, meditation, spiritual development, science and spirituality, extra-sensory perception, numerology, lexigrams, out-of-body experiences, creative visualization, environmentalism, mythology, philosophy, human rights, profiles of interesting people, and the global issues of our time. Other ideas are welcome.

3.  Attribution and editing — For reliability and credibility of the information presented, we keep with professional standards of attributing information to its sources throughout the writing, as you go. This attribution works best right in the body of the story, not separated out as footnotes. Of course, if you’re writing about your dream, you are the source! But when you reference other people’s ideas, or information not commonly known, which you are asserting as factual, or data that may be subject to different interpretations, you must include the source. The more strongly you can back up the information you present, the better. Quotations or other use of copyrighted material should respect applicable laws and principles of fair use. Directly quoted material should be attributed by author and/or publisher, and should not exceed brief passages. In addition, we edit all stories for spelling, grammar, clarity and our newsletter’s own particular, developing, styles of usage.

4.  Length — Take the space the subject matter requires but try not to go overboard. Generally, pieces of 1,000 words or less are best, and shorter features are encouraged. Lengthy, well-researched articles on popular or complex subjects will sometimes be accepted and presented in serialized form over a number of issues, but remember that for the most part people will skip over longer articles unless there is a really strong hook or the subject is of exceptional interest.

5.  Graphics and photos — Illustrations are strongly encouraged. If a point can be emphasized or clarified with a picture, it makes the article much more attractive and accessible. However, the graphics to be used should either be in the public domain, available for use under the fair-use doctrine for educational use, or accompanied by permission to use without royalty payments by the copyright holder. The newsletter staff often creates original backgrounds for the pages, but any illustrations you can provide will be helpful.

6.  Ownership — Authors retain copyright of their own articles but grant irrevocable online publication rights to ConsciousEvolution.com. In other words, authors agree that they will not at any time come back and demand that we remove their material from the site or compensate them for its continued use.

7.  Commercialism — Articles should not be commercially oriented. Authors are permitted to include their own e-mail addresses and/or links to their own websites if they wish, and they may briefly mention commercial products or services where appropriate and relevant to the subject, but articles should not be essentially “plugs” for any specific products, services or organization.

8.  Format — Submissions should be made in the form of plain text files (.txt or .rtf or .doc), accompanied by .gif or .jpg files of any graphics or photographs to be included. The Newsletter Committee will decide on the layout and formatting of the article when published.