Article Submission Guidelines
Welcome to CNPCA. We’re an independent,
nonprofit organization, so we can say what we want, but we do have guidelines. CNCPA is only as relevant and helpful as our community makes it—this is a web site made up of, by and for the community it serves. We therefore welcome contributions from anyone, on anything related to holistic pet care.
Follow these guidelines and there is a good chance you’ll see your article on the CNCPA website and be asked to contribute regularly. Please read these guidelines entirely before submitting an article.
The article must be relevant to the holistic care of animals.
Article length should be no more than 750 words. We will return any article exceeding this length.
Articles should be factual and evidence-based, with references cited whenever possible.
Articles should include tags, which facilitate internet searches.
The article should be in standard font and size and as a “Word” document. We prefer .doc and .docx format. Please do not send an article in the text of an email.
The subject bar of your email should indicate this is an article for submission to CNCPA.
Articles should be accompanied by relevant photos or artwork, emailed as pdf or jpg.
You should also include a brief bio about yourself (and a photo if possible) for inclusion at the bottom of your article.
Articles should be submitted to Jim Adams, the CNCPA Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We strongly suggest your read existing CNCPA articles before you submit an article. The best articles are those that are fact-based and written in a conversational, but professional style.
We do not publish infomercials, advertorials or glorified press releases. Articles are not a substitute for advertising. Your bio may, however, contain info about your business, products, or services.
Expect edits. This doesn’t mean that your article isn’t already good—but we may need to tailor your work to our audience and/or to fit our layout. If your article is too long, it will be returned to you.
In addition to articles on your area of expertise, we accept reviews of products or businesses. They must be honest and specific. Back up your opinion with details. Reviews should be no more than 300 words and must include an image of the product being reviewed, as well as a bio of the author.
Please follow these guidelines, or your article will be returned:
Start a new sentence only one space after a period, not two.
Any number over nine is written numerically: 10, four, 32, 108, nine years, 10 apples. (Unless it is the first word in a sentence: Eighty years ago.)
When using commas in list, do not use a comma after the last item before the “and” or “or.”
Do not credit a quote by placing the person’s name at the end of the quote with a dash before it. Use a ~ and leave a space before the name on the line below the quote: ~ Joseph Campbell
Use periods after initials. Example: B.K.S. Iyengar not BKS Iyengar; It’s a.m. not am.
Put a period at the end of every title in the title.
Credit a photo like this: Photo: [name]
It’s best to break up long paragraphs. It makes longer posts easier on the eye and less intimidating.
Try to include a subtitle (it makes your post more searchable on google).
Always include tags to your story, which helps the search engines find it.
We do not pay. We do, however, hope that you’ll consider the publication of your work the best publicity money can buy, a good link/clip for your journalist’s portfolio, a contribution to your community and something to email home about.
Articles are the property of the author and will be published with permission from the author (submission for publication assumes that permission has been granted to CNCPA).
We may not be able to respond to or publish your work immediately, but we will let you know eventually if we decide to run it or not.
Article will be returned to the author for the following reasons:
the article is not related to the holistic care of animals:
the article is too long;
the article is poorly written includes
too many grammatical errors;
the article is offensive;
the article is inaccurate.
Final say on all article submissions are up to the CNCPA Editor.