Writers Guidelines


Want to see your work in NILE Magazine?  Please send your proposal to editor@nilemagazine.com.au.
We'd love it if you could briefly outline your story idea and include a proposed word count with a few strong clips, but please do not send full articles until requested.

Some guidelines:

FIT
Firstly, browse through NILE Magazine and see if your work fits our style. We look for lively storytelling that allows general readers, with little or no background knowledge, to be engaged by your topic, while also surprising and delighting devotees of the subject.

CONTENT
We love stories. NILE Magazine strives to feature articles that are both interesting AND academic. A strong narrative or "angle" is really important. In other words, we don't need to be publishing Wikipedia pages.

NEITHER STUFFY NOR FLUFFY
Tell us something we don't know. Your audience is a mix of general enthusiasts and professional scholars, and you need to be able to dance with both of them. We're looking for a strong narrative with lots of well-researched "I didn't know that" nuggets.

RESEARCH
Back up your statements. If you are writing that researchers believe this or that, then tell us who they are and what they said (with their permission, of course). If you are talking about classical scholars mentioning something or other, then let's hear it in their words. Websites often parrot the same (often wrong) information over and over - if you haven't done your due diligence, it shows. If you have used National Geographic as a source, it shows.

Remember, NILE readers are enthusiasts about ancient Egypt, and some may even know more than you about your topic.

QUALIFICATIONS
NILE is not a peer-reviewed, academic journal, so formal qualifications are not a prerequisite for contributing. We can happily include the musings of professionals alongside those of the armchair Egyptologist. However, articles should be rooted in solid research and reasoning (see above comments).

LENGTH
Contributed articles in NILE generally run around 2,000-2,500 words.

EDITING
Don't be offended if we edit your work. It is still awesome. All articles submitted to NILE are edited to bring them into line with our house style and ensure consistency in the spelling of ancient names, dates, etc. Text may also require trimming in order to fit a layout.

IMAGES
NILE is proud of its amazing photography (some would say obsessive), so if you are submitting images they should be high-res, clear and in-focus. We may make slight changes to photographs to make them clearer to readers. All images sent to us must have copyright permission and be well-captioned.

COPYRIGHT
Copyright for articles, photographs, diagrams, excavation plans and maps remains yours. NILE requires first reproduction rights, as well as the right to use and reprint your work.

PAYMENT
Payment is made at the end of the month in which the issue carrying your article is published.


I can't wait to read your article and learn something new.

Jeff Burzacott
editor@nilemagazine.com.au