I often get questions about submissions to Core Magazines, so I decided to share some of them, along with the answers, in the Q & A below.
How do I submit an article?
When do I submit an article?
Submit your story two to four weeks before the beginning of the month. Check the editorial calendar for upcoming topics (to be added soon).
How do I pitch a story idea to Core Magazines?
Your story ideas are welcome as long as they are about culture or relate to the arts. Make sure to include:
- Your name, email address, and the subject.
- Keep your proposal short and simple (less than 150 words).
- Say what the story is about, and
- why the idea is interesting, important and relevant.
What should I write about?
Core Magazines welcomes articles from the general public on diverse topics related to culture – pop, counter, social, ethnic – from around the world.
We like ideas that will create change, in our hearts, our minds and in the world around us. We like unique stories and experiences, adventures, far-off travel, and nearby escapes. We like to travel with you off-the-beaten-path to visit places that are rarely seen or known until we get to know them through your eyes, in words, videos, photos, drawings, or audio.
Or, simply tell us what you had to overcome to get where you are today. How did you survive? How did you remove the roadblocks on your path to entrepreneurship? Share your steps to success to inspire others.
Humour and positivity is a great way to approach stories too. Writing a few sentences about the things your kid says could be funny, but writing about all the parents on social media who think their kids are comedic geniuses is a thousand words funnier. I’m always willing to discuss your ideas and help you shape your story.
We get excited about local trends, community action, interaction, counter-culture, sub-cultures, the practice of smaller groups of people in worlds that are not open to everyone, or off-the-charts, pervasive, popular movements that will affect a society for generations to come. Stories that excite us examine how we express our cultural identity through the arts, how culture adapts to technology, why we choose to highlight or bury certain aspects of our common culture, and why we tend to behave so predictably in groups — all the things that affect our identity and how we interact with each other.
Content categories in Core Magazines
Content format: text, image, video, and audio
What style do you use?
We use the Canadian Press style guide, Caps and Spelling and the Oxford Dictionary for articles and other content on the site. On occasion, we use our preferred “house” style.
What size should my image be?
You don’t have to submit an image with your article, but if you do images should be as small as possible for digital use:
- 72 dpi, vertical,
- horizontal or square format,
- width x height = 500 x 700 px, or smaller, and
- a file size below 100 k.
- Featured images: 72 dpi, horizontal (across the top of the page) = 1200 x 400 px, and a maximum file size of 150 k. Note that a part of the page is covered.
- Recommended image file formats: .jpg/.jpeg, .gif and .png.
- Images can be up to 300 dpi but may be reduced before being publishing. Larger images should be decreased before use in slide shows and videos.
What format should my story be in?
Express yourself in words, audio, photos, comics, or illustrations. (See acceptable image file formats.) We accept long and short form stories and articles. News, features, reviews, opinion pieces as well as creative works of art, including fiction, and poetry. Attach files in any of the preferred file formats.
Text file formats:
.pdf (Portable Document Format; Adobe Acrobat)
.doc, .docx (Microsoft Word document)
.rtf (Rich Text Format)
.txt (Plain Text Format) – without any special formatting
– Special formatting is not required.
– Text can be pasted into the body of the email or the submission form.
– In all cases links should be written out for Core Magazines (https://www.coremagazines.com) submissions.
Image file formats:
Video file formats:
.mp4, .m4v (MPEG-4)
.wmv (Windows Media Video)
Audio file formats:
How long should my article be?
An article can be 300 words long if it’s a breaking news piece, especially if more information will follow later as details unfold, if it’s a light entertainment piece, or if it’s accompanied by images or video. An average article is about 500-700 words with the who, what, where, when, why, and how the topic impacts some aspect of life, with explanations, descriptions, and comparisons. One thousand word articles are great to while away a Sunday afternoon. One story may be broken into multiple stories. Creators are usually consulted.
Does my work have to be original content?
All work must be original. You must own the work that you’re submitting for publication. Let us know if the work is being submitted to other publications. If it has been previously published we may still publish it in Core Magazines, but it will be adjusted. We would prefer that you submit a slightly different version of the content. Original work is more interesting to our audience, ranks higher on search engines, prevents copyright infringement and prevents plagiarism of other creators’ works.
Do I still own my content if I submit it to Core?
Yes. When you submit content to us, you give use permission to use the content but you still own the rights to your work.
Where will my work appear?
When you send us your work, you are giving Core Magazines permission to use it on CoreMagazines.com, and sometimes on related properties such as social media platforms mostly for promotion of the content in the magazine. Larger companies have their own set of rules that govern the use of their content, which we abide by on a case-by-case basis.
How do I know when my article is published?
When your work is published on CoreMagazines.com we will send you a link to it using the email address that you provided. But, you will be notified faster if sign up for Core Alerts.
How often is Core Magazines published?
Core Magazines is published monthly based on the editorial calendar. Stories can be published at any time throughout the month.
Do you pay for articles?
We look forward to the day when we are able to pay for stories. At the moment we do exchanges for access to concert venues, festivals, conferences, museums, galleries, cinemas, readings, restaurants, openings, showcases, product testing, and we are able to line up some spectacular interviews for our reporters online, by phone or in person all over the world.
Some people will contribute as a way to keep doing what they love, in addition to their other work. Writers, photographers, videographers, designers, illustrators get to sharpen their storytelling skills, develop content for their portfolios, learn the publishing process, network, connect with other artists and shape the culture they’re a part of.
Will you accept my article if I’ve never written anything before?
We’ve published articles written by first-time writers as well as published authors, university professors, Ivy League educated professionals, pre-college students, artists, choreographers, scientists, environmentalists, musicians, entertainment journalists, DJs, and editorials written by company directors from countries around the world. So, yeah, we might.
My articles are like posts, is that something you would publish?
I take the time to help writers develop and shape their stories by giving them feedback so they can bring their ideas to life.
Do you publish press releases?
Some PR companies hire journalists to write their press releases but releases serve the purpose of promoting a brand and tend to include a lot of flowery language and praise that could make them sound inauthentic. There are some public relations people who write so well that I actually look forward to reading their releases, and want to publish everything they send to me. Because they’re well-written, the same press release could be published multiple times in many different publications. So to avoid duplication I re-write the story before publishing it. This process requires additional research, writing, editing, formatting, fact-checking, selecting images, technical preparations, asking follow-up questions, and getting permissions — among other things.
Depending on my workload, I may decide to pass on a great story, even though it’s perfectly suited to the magazine’s audience. So, I came up with a solution for PR agencies and large companies whose reps want their clients to be included in the magazine:
- You can submit a slightly different version of the press release as an article, which would be treated as a regular story submission and be subject to the selection and editing process.
- You can place an ad, which would not be edited.
- You can place an ad that is written and formatted to fit in with the other stories, but will not be subject to changes without your approval.
Do you have someone in my city to review my restaurant?
Foodie alert! I get requests for all sorts of openings in many countries or different cities that I can’t always get to. Let me know if you love trying different types of cuisine. We have a section called Crunchy that may interest you.
Do you charge to write articles?
It’s free to submit articles to Core Magazines. Anyone can submit a story. I’ve also written hundreds of articles for the magazine since 2014, without any kind of fee, in-kind favours or exchanges attached to them.
Can you come to my event on the weekend?
“You mean tomorrow?”
I love getting invitations. And sometimes I show up even when it’s on very short notice. But, I’m hoping that the number of contributors will grow so that we can publish more stories about interesting cultural events in all the cities where our readers are across the globe.
What do you change when you edit an article?
We try to keep the original voice of the author in the article or story. Very little changes, especially when you to start off in the right direction.
Let me know if you have any questions, story ideas or a submission. I would love to hear from you.Cherryl