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Publish Your Climate Change Writing and Art in The Regeneration


The Regeneration Magazine is reaching out to all writers, artists, innovators, thought-leaders, industry experts, and activists to help fill the pages of Issue No. 4 with the best climate change content in the world.

Publish Your Climate Change Writing and Art in The Regeneration

by Davis Burroughs

2 weeks ago


The Regeneration Magazine is reaching out to all writers, artists, innovators, thought-leaders, industry experts, and activists to help fill the pages of Issue No. 4 with the best climate change content in the world. We’re seeking contributors who are looking for a place to share their stories about people and businesses creating a better planet.

A Place to Share Good, Inspiring, and Exciting News about Climate Change

Our crowd-sourced publication is run by a volunteer team of, design, communications, and environmental professionals. This fall, we will be releasing the fourth edition of our print and digital magazine, which will focus on green energy and politics. Unlike past releases that were more rigidly themed, we’re broadening the scope of coverage for this issue to include topics like sustainable finance, ag tech, eco-apparel, and more.

So if you have a story that needs to be shared or a work of art that needs to be seen, then read the fine print below to learn how to submit your content to The Regeneration.

Submission Guidelines

You are reading these guidelines because you are considering contributing something amazing to The Regeneration Magazine. The Regeneration is a biannual publication about the people, ideas, and businesses working to restore our relationship with the environment, creating a more equitable world for all living things.

We will also accept pieces on a variety of other sub-topics relating to climate change on a case-by-case basis.

Written submissions should not exceed 650 words without prior approval from the editorial team.

Please submit all pieces for consideration by September 15 to davis@theregenerationmag.com. Please email us well in advance if you require an extension.

We reserve the right to accept or deny any pieces submitted. 

Types of Submissions

Essay

Have you worked on an awesome project you’d like to talk about? Do you have expert insight into climate issues? Have you worked on the ground addressing environmental justice issues?
Do you have experience improving our relationship with nature in some other capacity?
Are you a current or aspiring climate, energy, or environmental journalist looking for a place to publish an amazing story?
If so, send us a writing piece about something you’re passionate about.

Profile/Interview

Are you working with a business that deserves to be mentioned? Do you know about any entrepreneurs that are using a unique business model?
Do you know someone that inspires you in the industry that is worth interviewing?
If you have an interview or business suggestion, please explain why their story is worth telling, and if possible, offer an introduction.
Or consider interviewing them yourself and provide photos or graphics.

Art/Photo/Illustrations

Do you have some photography you’ve recently shot that you feel is relevant to the theme of the magazine? Do you have a photo essay you’d like to share?
Are you an artist that just completed a piece that makes a statement about environmental issues?
We definitely want to see your stuff.
We will, of course, give you proper credit and if you have work for sale would love to share a link to a place where readers can purchase it.
Editing Process

Please keep in mind that our professional team of creative and editorial staff work on an entirely volunteer basis. We thank you in advance for your patience.

  1. Submit your final, edited and polished, piece via GoogleDocs no later than Sept. 1 (unless we have previously approved a later submission time).
  2. We will send you an email within two weeks to confirm receipt of your submission, along with a determination on what platform (print, digital, blog, etc.) it will be published and when.
  3. Within three weeks, one of our editors will review your piece and, if necessary, send back comments and suggested revisions via GoogleDocs to make your message stronger and more consistent with the style guidelines outlined below. If your submission does not require further revision, we will inform you as such, and bounce your piece to Step 5 in the process.
  4. We will contact you to determine a new timeline for you to return your piece with revisions.
  5. Our editorial team will make minor style edits to your piece and send back to you for final approval. 

Tips for Talking about Climate Change

Create a narrative

Using the power of storytelling to communicate information about climate change helps overcome some of the deepest barriers to pro-environmental behavior.

Reframe the issues

Focusing on positive, uplifting environmental progress helps to avoid playing into denial and skepticism and is more likely to encourage action than fear, guilt, or alarm.

Simplify & normalize lifestyle changes

Painting sustainable behaviors as convenient and widely adopted increases the chances of creating a cultural phenomenon in addition to progress at the individual level.

2018 Writing Style Guide

Please familiarize yourself with the below style guidelines. While many of these items are derived from the Associated Press Style Guide, there are some differences. Remember, all contributor pieces go through several rounds of edits, so don’t stress if these rules are unfamiliar. Please contact Davis (davis@theregenerationmag.com) with questions.

Common Environmental Terms:

Upcycle
Take-back program
Eco-friendly  (AP style)
Zero waste (AP style - no hyphens, even as compound modifier)
            The carpet is zero waste.
            It is a zero waste carpet.
Eco-fashion
Fast fashion (n.), Fast-fashion (adj.)

  

Climate change versus Global Warming

These Terms may be used interchangeably.
 

When talking about climate change deniers… 

You do not need to mention that, for example, climate change is supported by 97 percent of climate scientists. Climate change is a well-established theory, it is our not our job to argue it is a fact.

To describe those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces, use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science. Avoid use of skeptics or deniers.

Statistics, Facts, and Figures

Please reference a credible source for any statistics, facts or figures cited in your writing. Please provide a link, when possible, to the original source material, and mention where and when the data was retrieved

Ex: “The circular economy represents a reward of $4.5 trillion in additional economic growth, according to research from Accenture, a multinational management consulting firm. “At its heart, the circular economy is about decoupling natural resource use and waste from the good stuff that we want from a global economy: economic development and prosperity,” the firm claimed in a 2016 report.
Remember, we live in an era of fake news, where readers are increasingly skeptical about the information they consume. As a publication working to establish credibility in a crowded media environment, it is absolutely critical to provide accurate, fact-checked, and credible information.

Fact-checking

While we will fact-check all submissions, we expect contributors to do their due diligence on their end, first.
 

Q&A Style for Interviews

Speakers (Interviewer/interviewee): first and last name, initials on second reference

Ex:

           Jane Smith: words
            John Doe: words
            JS: words
            JD: words


Names

Full name on first reference, first name on second reference.

            Ex: Jane Smith is a carpenter. In her free time, Jane talks to trees.
 

Gonna

(don’t change to “going to” if used in direct quote)

Composition titles (books, television shows, movies, etc.)

Use quotations, never italics. 

Acronyms

Household abbreviations and acronyms such as the FBI, EPA and NASA can be used on first reference. But it never hurts to spell them out on first reference, especially if, say, the IEA is doing something a reader might think the IAEA is also doing. No need to put an abbreviation or acronym in parentheses after spelling it out on first reference.
 

Ages 

Use numerals when denoting an age, unless the number comes at the beginning of the sentence. For example, “an 18-year-old man” or “the poll included responses from 18- to 29-year-old voters.”
  

Bills, Laws and Congressional Actions

Congress passes bills, not laws. The president signs bills into law. For that reason, use the conditional “would” when describing provisions in a bill/measure/legislation. For example, the bill “would require the National Institutes of Health to establish an office of economic analysis for all programs with annual budgets in excess of $50 million.” 

When referencing legislation, be sure to mention the bill number after the first mention of the legislation in the story, followed by a brief description of what the measure would do. Rarely do we use a bill’s name since more often than not they’re either politicized or yet another acronym. The only exceptions are measures that have become household names, such as the Patriot Act.

Days, Weeks, Months and Years

Referring to “yesterday,” “today” and “tomorrow” is preferable to “Tuesday” or “this weekend.” Events that happen or happened beyond that three-day window should include dates, such as Dec. 17.

When referring to a time period of “days,” that implies less than two weeks. “Weeks” implies less than two months. “Months” implies anything less than 24 months. Anything more than that is referred to as “years.”

Specific months do not need to be prefaced by “last” or “next” or a year when you’re referring to the most recent or next version of each. For example, in an article published on Dec. 15, 2014, you would refer to “October” instead of “last October” when referring to an event from October of 2014. An article published on the same day would refer to “February” instead of “next February” so long as it’s understood the event will take place in February of 2015.

The following months are abbreviated when they precede a numerical date: 

January (Jan.)
February (Feb.)
August (Aug.)
September (Sept.)
October (Oct.)
November (Nov.)
December (Dec.)

 

For example, Jan. 29 and March 17. Months that precede years are always spelled out. For example, January 2017 and March 2012.

When possible, avoid referencing seasons such as summer since some readers interpret that as meaning June 1 through Aug. 31 while others read it as starting on or around June 21 and ending three months later. 

When necessary, make the distinction between a fiscal year and a calendar year. For example, “The spending bill would keep most of the government open through fiscal year 2015.”

Names of Companies / Organizations

On first reference, use a company’s full name, especially if they have subsidiaries with related names. For example, “JPMorgan Chase & Co.” instead of “JP Morgan.” When a firm has a notable parent company, it can’t hurt to add that level of detail. For example, “Philip Morris, whose parent company is Altria Group Inc.”

Names of States

When referencing states in parentheticals, use the Associated Press Style Guide for state abbreviations instead of the two-letter U.S. Postal Service codes. For example, write “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)” instead of “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)”.

Here’s the list of state abbreviations:

Alabama (Ala.)
Arizona (Ariz.)
Arkansas (Ark.)
California (Calif.)
Colorado (Colo.)
Connecticut (Conn.)
Delaware (Del.)
Florida (Fla.)
Georgia (Ga.)
Illinois (Ill.)
Indiana (Ind.)
Kansas (Kan.)
Kentucky (Ky.)
Louisiana (La.)
Maryland (Md.)
Massachusetts (Mass.)
Michigan (Mich.)
Minnesota (Minn.)
Mississippi (Miss.)
Missouri (Mo.)
Montana (Mont.)
Nebraska (Neb.)
Nevada (Nev.)
New Hampshire (N.H.)
New Jersey (N.J.)
New Mexico (N.M.)
New York (N.Y.)
North Carolina (N.C.)
North Dakota (N.D.)
Oklahoma (Okla.)
Oregon (Ore.)
Pennsylvania (Pa.)
Rhode Island (R.I.)
South Carolina (S.C.)
South Dakota (S.D.)
Tennessee (Tenn.)
Vermont (Vt.)
Virginia (Va.)
Washington (Wash.)
West Virginia (W.Va.)
Wisconsin (Wis.)
Wyoming (Wyo.)

 

The following states are not abbreviated: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah.

Numbers

Cardinal numbers should be spelled out for figures less than 10. For example, “nine brothers” and “10 daughters.” The same goes for ordinal figures. For example, “That was the ninth time he vetoed a bill.” And: “Congress failed to pass a budget for a 15th consecutive year.”

Begin sentences with letters, not numbers. For example, write “Forty-five members” instead of “45 members.” The lone exception is when you refer to years. For example, “1945 marked the end of World War II.”

Percentages
Write out the word “percent” instead of using the percent sign (%). When referring to changes in percentages found in measurements such as polling figures or the unemployment rate, be sure to describe them as changes in percentage points. For example, an increase from 45 percent to 55 percent is an increase of 10 percentage points, not 10 percent.

Currency
Dollar amounts should spell out “million,” billion” and “trillion” and include one decimal point for million and two decimal points for billion and trillion. For example, “$3.1 million” and “$3.14 billion.”


Tech and Social Media Terminology 

BlackBerry, BlackBerrys
download
eBay Inc. (EBay Inc. should be used at the beginning of a sentence.)
e-book
e-book reader
e-reader
email
cellphone
Googling, Googled
hashtag
internet
iPad, iPhone, iPod (IPad, IPhone, or IPod should be used at the beginning of a sentence.)
smartphone

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