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, this website or Facebook page and see if your work fits our audience. 
Also check out the About NILE page for a clear idea of NILE topics and tone.

CONTENT
We love stories. NILE Magazine strives to feature articles that are interesting rather than academic. We want to share the passion and wonder that drew us all towards ancient Egypt in the first place.

We are a curious bunch and enjoy a good robust conversation, so a little status-quo challenging, such as re-evaluations or overturning of long-held theories, are fine; but please, no aliens, pseudo-science or advanced lost technology. Almost anything else related to ancient Egypt is fair game.

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 regarding aliens). Mistakes are embarrassing, so all articles should be carefully checked for factual accuracy before submission. Remember, NILE readers are enthusiasts about ancient Egypt, and some may even know more than you about your topic.

STYLE
We look for lively storytelling that allows general readers, with little or no background knowledge, to understand and be engaged by your topic.

NILE is published in British English. It does not use footnotes or endnotes. If an author(s) and their research is referenced, then, where possible, it should be included in the body of the text. Dates should be quoted as B.C./A.D.

LENGTH
Contributed articles in NILE generally run between 800 and 1,200 words.

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

PICTURES
NILE is proud of its amazing photography, so if you are submitting images as well, they should be high-res, clear and in-focus. We may make slight changes to photographs in an effort to make them clearer to readers. Pictures should be submitted as digital images at 300dpi or greater, and at least 15 cm in height or width. All images sent to us must have copyright permission and be well-captioned.  Visuals (photos, diagrams etc) should be provided as separate files, not in the body of the text.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Jeff Burzacott, Editor.