Editorial Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting news items and articles to Natural Awakenings, a healthy living, healthy planet magazine serving our local holistic community. Our collective mission with this free monthly magazine is to educate readers about the latest in natural living and green living.
Each month, we share pertinent global news and interviews with national experts. We also spotlight local people, exploring their natural healthy living activities and businesses. We welcome ideas for stories as well as local article submissions, some of which may qualify for one of our departments: Conscious Eating; Fit Body; Green Living; Healing Ways; Natural Pet; Healthy Kids; and Creative Expression. For information specifically about News Briefs… scroll down.
Articles and other editorial should be submitted by our online forms or sent via email and attached as a MS Word document, MAC Pages, MAC text file, or text embedded in the body of the email.
General Natural Awakenings writer’s styling guidelines
  • Establish a strong lead paragraph and compelling close.
  • Remember the five Ws: who, what, where, when and why.
  • Write in third-person news style for briefs & some articles (them/they/those/people/attendees). Avoid using the less formal I/we, my/our (unless within a quote).
  • Alternatively, for articles, use we/our/us. Avoid the less formal second-person ‘you’.
  • Use a clear, logical order for content.
  • Use action verbs (E.g., ABC offers; not ABC is offering).
  • Use plain language and briefly define technical terms.
  • Keep sentences and paragraphs short.
  • Include short anecdotes or case studies to illustrate key points–then expand the focus to a wider context.
  • Use strong, genuine quotes to aid in reader identification.
  • Add credibility with scientific studies, statistics and updates on trends.
  • Single space after periods.
  • Place punctuation “inside” quotes.

What we want:

We focus on hope, healing, practical tips and benefits. Every reader wants to know how they can personally use and benefit from this information in their life journey.

Attribute all medical or health claims and scientific study results: cite credible authoritative sources. List additional resources in an italicized endnote.

What our readers won’t see:
  • A depressing list of symptoms and technical details of treatment.
  • Extended, first-person (I/me/my) accounts of life journeys.
  • Marketing or sales copy heavy on blatant self-promotion disguised as an article (we have paid advertorials for that, which our readers enjoy as well).
Additional Notes
  • If your article has been published elsewhere, we are probably not interested.
  • We focus on hope, healing, practical tips and benefits. Every reader wants to know how they can personally use and benefit from this information in their life journey.
  • Attribute all medical or health claims and scientific study results; cite credible, authoritative sources. List additional resources in an italicized end note.
  • We cannot guarantee publication and if accepted, we may not publish your piece immediately. If you would like us to hang onto the submission for future consideration, please let us know when submitting your article.
  • We reserve the right to edit your original work to fit our magazine’s style.
Due date
  • All editorial due on the 5th of the month prior to publication.
  • For advertisers, we refer to your ad page number at the end of your editorial.
News Briefs
What’s new here in Broward County? Share it with us! Do you know of a new business? Someone who recently became certified in a new therapy? Do you have a special event coming up? Information about green or renewable resources? We welcome news items relevant to our publication. News Briefs should be written in third person (she/he, they) and include contact information (name, address & phone number).  This is a free service to our display or Community Resource Guide (CRG) advertisers. Others are subject to a publishing fee. Click here to submit a News Brief.
  • Length: 50 to 200 words
Health Brief,  Global Briefs, CD, DVD or Book in Views
Other Briefs are short, interesting bits of information often referring to a new health fact or leading-edge research in a particular field. Global Briefs are related to earth-friendly living. We invite you to share health information about your particular therapy, (examples: massage lowers blood pressure; acupuncture can shorten labor; exercise helps ease depression) or local eco-news in one of these two sections. It’s a great way to share your knowledge with the community and get recognized!  CD, DVD or Book in Views are typically for local advertisers who have  published something. This is a free service for display or Community Resource Guide advertisers. Others are subject to a publishing fee. Send us your information by clicking here.
  • Length: 50-200 words (some longer, inquire first)
Feature Articles
Articles featured in Natural Awakenings cover a wide range of subjects in the areas of health, healing, inner growth, fitness, nutrition, organics, natural pet and earth friendly living. Due to the quantity of submissions not all articles are used in the magazine. You may inquire with your idea and the theme of the article before submitting by clicking here.
  • Length: 300-1000 words (some articles longer, inquire first)

Photos and graphics – upload online, as part of the forms 

Be sure to include any photos or graphics in one of the following formats. TIFF, EPS, PDF or JPG. Windows or Mac format accepted. Please keep under two or three megs.

Graphics embedded into Microsoft Word
documents are not acceptable.

1) Digital photos (JPG or TIFF) unretouched “right out of the camera” is preferred.

2) Professionally printed photos scanned at 150 or higher dpi.

3) Professionally printed photos (to be scanned). No computer printed material or website images are accepted for print. Submit all graphics through the online forms.

Propose editorial for publication

• Submit your ideas via our online system:
http://naBroward.com/propose-article

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