Guidelines for contributions
for publication in The Coastal Passage:
contribution you agree to the following;
1. You agree that the
material is your original work. Never ever plagerise.
This includes photos. If you have a question about this, please
for advise on copyright.
2. Advise TCP if your
material has been published elsewhere (inclucing online publications)
or is being considered for publication elsewhere. Don't send
a copy to every mag you know. Paid published material must be
unique to our market area, full stop.
3. The Coastal Passage
will retain the right of use of your material for publication
of compilation editions (Best of for example), archive
and for use on the TCP web site. You retain your copyright.
4. Your work may be
edited, though not usually. TCP respects your work, your intent
To avoid unnecessary work and disappointment
and to maximise payment for contributions, intending paid contributors
should read and follow the guidelines below. It isnt a
bad idea to email
TCP for questions regarding this information or to see if
the subject matter qualifies for consideration.
What defines paid material? An article that has taken
time and effort to prepare and organise. There will always be
space in TCP for the most amateur contributions or issues oriented
forum subjects and articles that may promote community supported
events etc. Thats what creates the connection to community
that makes TCP what it is but those are the things we all volunteer
our effort for, and what TCP is willing to sponsor page space
to support. Don't expect to be paid to promote your clubs activities!
What sort of material does TCP
material must be of relevance and interest to TCPs readers.
Feel free to inquire if in doubt.
A study of recent issues of TCP is helpful to determine the type
of material sought and the way it should be presented but
TCP accepts and in fact seeks a different approach on occasion.
2. Please do not mess with the photos!!!
Don't crop or adjust colour.
Make it easy for the Editor. Organise it! If it takes additional
time to process the text to check spelling of proper names especially,
or photos require special attention, the value of the contribution
Take your time. TCPs editor typically rewrites material
several times over several days before committing to a page .
Test the results on friends. Check and recheck your facts.
encourages contributions from the young folk and special care
and consideration is given.
Material that promotes a religion will be either edited or refused.
TCP must not seem to endorse or favour any particular belief
system over another.
Advise from the editor: Avoid pretence... write like you speak.
Written material should be in word doc or open office or just
emailed to email@example.com
Text and photos mailed on CD are great.
There is no stupid word count at TCP. Creativity doesnt
come in tidy packages all the time. A very long article though,
is harder to work with and difficult to place but merit is determined
by the read, not the count. Sometimes a 500 word little nugget
can be the best article in the paper.
Be imaginative, but also ensure that your information is accurate.
All facts, especially ones that could be contentious, should
be thoroughly researched before writing and reference for facts
along with the article are helpful.
Personal notes about you in the form of a small autobiographical
sketch are good, a photo all the better but not a big deal.
Dont mess with them! Please don't crop, adjust or embed
them into Word docs or anything else. Best thing to do is
to save your jpg photos in a documents folder in
your computer and then transfer to disc from there or email as
attachments. Please do not send us links to some "cloud"
platform. We won't go there. It is OK to send reduced file sizes
to select from if you have quite a few.
The GST and Payments
of you are under the term "hobbiest" thus GST does
not apply. If your professional status requires GST be addressed
TCP will need an invoice to that end.
fees are tempered by the amount of advertising revenue generated
by each edition, so payments will vary for each edition. The
more advertising the TCP gets the better we pay, so if you want
good $$'s help us sell more ads!
TCP pays best $$'s for really outstanding technical articles
or exceptional story telling. Less if much work has to be done
to prepare the article by TCP. TCP will usually pay by mailed
cheque. If some other form is required let us know and we will
try to work with you.