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Article Submissions

What We Are Looking For

Community-related or general Calgary-related Editorial content.
MyCalgary.com and our Great News Publishing newsletters contain hyper-local community content. In order to remain of interest to Calgarians or residents of certain neighbourhoods, we would prefer articles that are relevant to this audience.
 
Do you have concerns about developments in your neighbourhood? Would you like to showcase a good neighbour
Maybe you attended a community event and want to talk about it. We would love to hear about it! We will not be accepting articles that aren’t relevant. Examples of irrelevant content would be articles about other parts of the world, or other parts of Canada.
 
Lifestyle, recreation, wellness, cultural articles
Maybe you have an area of expertise you’d like to write about. That’s fine too! Our requirements are that you be a Calgary resident. If you have tips on a DIY project or if you like to garden, your articles are welcome here. Be aware that your audience will be Calgary residents, so keep that in mind while you write.
 
No advertorials. (Contact our sales department if you would like to run an advertorial.)
While you are welcome to write an article about your area of expertise for the benefit of your fellow Calgarians, articles are not the place for you to solicit business. If you are promoting your products or services, we will not be accepting your article.

Rules for Website Submission

Word Count: 600 words or more
We might live in a fast-paced world, but part of our aim at myCalgary is to give our readers a moment to sit back, put their feet up, and read an excellent article. Writing longer articles helps facilitate that. Who doesn’t love taking a break for a good read?
 
Author Bio: Separately include headshot, 2-sentence author biography, and your social media and/or website.
This is to help us give you proper credit for your article and to also allow us to notify you once your article has been posted.
 
We accept Word files for articles and .jpegs for pictures only
We accept Word files for articles and .jpegs for pictures only. This is to help make everyone’s lives easier. Unfortunately, if you submit in a weird file format, we will not consider your submission. Weird file formats include, but are not limited to: Excel files, pdfs, articles as jpegs, pictures inside word documents, and anything with an obscure file extension
 
Only photos larger than 500kb will be considered for use.
This is to ensure that the file will be large enough to be visually recognizable. We do not accept anything that will be grainy or pixelated. If your photo is blurry, we’ll exclude that too.
We will be fixing your grammar and spelling; i.e. making changes
 
No one is perfect in their writing (even us, though we try). Everyone needs a second pair of eyeballs on their work to make sure nothing is amiss. And let’s be real, very few of us actually know how to properly use a semi-colon.
 
No advertising your business and no logos
While you are welcome to write an article about your area of expertise for the benefit of your fellow Calgarians, articles are not the place for you to solicit.

Rules for Newsletter Submissions

Deadline: 1st of the previous month
E.g. November 1st for December newsletters. No exceptions.
We work on a very tight schedule and we also work a month in advance. Printing as many newsletters as we do for Calgary’s communities, we do not have an abundance of time to commit to late submissions. If you miss the deadline, your submission will be bumped to the next month.
 
Word Count: 300-600 words
While there is unlimited space online, physical media is much more demanding. We prioritize content submitted to us by the communities, so when there’s left over space, we need something that is tight and concise to put in those places. Larger articles are less likely to be selected as a result of this.
 
Byline: Name, professional credentials, website (optional). No contact information.
We want to be able to properly credit you for writing your article and lend you credibility for your knowledge and expertise. You are permitted to share a site where people can learn more, but we will be removing any references that indicate that you are attempting to solicit business from our readers. Should you want to promote your business, you are welcome to talk to our sales department.
 
Grammar and Spelling
We will be fixing your grammar and spelling; i.e. making changes
No one is perfect in their writing (even us, though we try). Everyone needs a second pair of eyeballs on their work to make sure nothing is amiss. And let’s be real, very few of us actually know how to properly use a semi-colon.
 
We accept Word files for articles and .jpegs for pictures only
This is to help make everyone’s lives easier. Unfortunately, if you submit in a weird file format, we will not consider your submission. Weird file formats include, but are not limited to: Excel files, pdfs, articles as jpegs, pictures inside word documents, and anything with an obscure file extension.
 
Photos must be 1MB and 300 DPI
These are the specifications required in order to guarantee images will be print quality. You are not required to submit an image, though you are welcome to. Often, if there is no image provided, a relevant stock image will used.

No advertising your business; No logos
While you are welcome to write an article about your area of expertise for the benefit of your fellow Calgarians, articles are not the place for you to solicit business. If you are promoting your products or services, we will not be accepting your article.
 
We cannot guarantee your article will be published
We do not accommodate requests for multiple newsletter coverage. We do not keep record of which articles end up in which newsletters. If you would like to know if your article was published in the newsletter, we keep an archive online and you may peruse the newsletters yourself.

Terms and Conditions

We will be hosting your article on our site
All article submissions, whether intended for print or for web will be hosted on our site to allow our readers a chance to view them at their leisure.

By submitting to us, you are also agreeing to let us use your article in our newsletters should we choose (and vice versa)
If your article submitted to My Calgary is short enough for use in print media, we will be doing so. In submitting to us, you are acknowledging and agree to this.

We may choose not to accept your submission
We reserve the right to refuse any submissions on the basis of going against any of the above requirements.

We will not accept submissions that have already been posted elsewhere
Checks will be made in order to ensure that the content we have received from you does not exist on other platforms. If we find that your submission exists elsewhere, we will not accept your submission.

You retain the right to your article and may submit it elsewhere subsequent to your submission to us
While we would prefer that your article be unique in submission, once it is posted to our site, you are welcome to submit it elsewhere. In order to generate unique content, we prefer to be the first place in which your article appears. If anyone else would like to post it after the fact, they are more than welcome to. We will not, however, be giving your article out to other parties. You will be required to take that initiative yourself.

Submit your Article

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, txt.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, tif, gif.