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Submission Guidelines

We want to hear your voice! Do you have a topic you’ve been burning to write about? A photo essay you’d love to publish? Or a video you want to take a shot at? Pitch it to us through the new submissions form. We’ll review your pitch and get right back to you. Once chosen, we’ll work with you to edit and refine your post and get it published to Beyond the Quad!

What does the editorial process look like?

Once you’ve submitted through our form and your pitch has been accepted (our editorial board meets weekly so there should be a pretty quick turnaround), then you’ll be assigned an editor. That editor will contact you to talk the story through, discuss art and/or multimedia components (where will it come from what will it be?) when appropriate and confirm deadlines and length. That editor will be your point person throughout the process of reporting, producing and publishing your work.

What are we looking for?

  • Blog entries should be 500-600 words long.
  • Paragraphs should be short and to the point.
  • Posts should have an engaging lead—perhaps a newsy hook—to draw in readers
  • Posts should be written from a student perspective, documenting your experience at the University of Washington.
  • Posts should contain relevant hyperlinks and media, where appropriate.
  • Titles should be catchy and descriptive, allowing readers to quickly grasp what the topic is about.
  • A great post has original content, or offers original analysis of an issue based on the writer’s knowledge and experience. It provides more value than re-re-reporting news found elsewhere on the Web.
  • A great post is narrowly focused. It takes a sliver of a topic and makes about three or four insightful points.

Other ways to participate?

Writing posts is just one way to contribute to Beyond the Quad. Everyone’s participation by rating, commenting on, and sharing posts helps establish Beyond the Quad as an important blog and conversation hub around our community. Comments remain unmoderated (except for spam).

We welcome your suggestions and comments at: uwartsci@uw.edu

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  1. March 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    I believe that implementing a forum on this site could contribute to the interaction between students and visitors. All submission rules should be applied to keep the forum organized and disciplined.

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