Natural Awakenings Inland Northwest Welcomes Your Participation!

NEWS BRIEFS: News Briefs are a timely, newsworthy item that typically makes an announcement to readers. Whether you’ve opened a new office, have a new technician/specialist, a special event coming up or are offering a new therapy, we want to hear about it. News Briefs must be written in third person and relevant to our subject matter. This is not an advertisement and should not be written as such. We reserve the right to edit all submissions. Current advertisers receive priority.

 

News Brief Submission Form







  • You may upload an attachment (include a photo) with your submission. We accept the following file types:
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HEALTH BRIEFS: What’s new in your field? Health Briefs highlight the latest research studies, trends and tips in easy-to-digest articles of 50 to 250 words. Each focuses on a particular topic, such as food, supplements, self-care, beauty, balance and fitness. Submissions should always contain doable solutions or pertinent research findings on common conditions or health issues.

Health Brief Guidelines and Submission Instructions:

  • Length: 50-250 words.
  • Deadline: Due on or before the 10th of the month prior to publication.
  • Health Briefs should be written in layman’s terms, and impart information in a way that does not sound self-serving.
  • We reserve the right to edit all submissions if necessary; for longer features, a copy of revisions can be returned upon request.
  • Please include a short biography at the end of your brief.
  • For the best chance of acceptance, we suggest you review the Natural Awakenings editorial style guidelines below.
  • Health Brief Submissions: Email as a MS Word document attachment or text embedded in the body of the email. Send to publisher@NaturalAwakeningsINW.com and include “Health Brief” in the subject line.

KUDOS: Do you have someone in mind who deserves special recognition for a recent achievement? Did you or someone you work with just pass a licensing exam or certificate training? We want to let everyone know in a Kudo. Send an email to: publisher@naturalawakeningsINW.com outlining who, what, where, when and why.

Additional Notes

  • We cannot guarantee publication, and if accepted, we may not publish your piece immediately. If you would like us to keep the submission for future consideration, please let us know when submitting your article.
  • Your original work will most likely be edited to fit our magazine’s style.

ARTICLES: Articles are longer feature stories/news/information that address a number of natural living topics to help readers attain a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Readers trust Natural Awakenings content because it is educational, balanced and engaging. We welcome article submissions from those who have published writing experience. If we think that an article is publishable, but contains promotional content, we will request that the author resubmit the article after those references are removed or reworded.

Article Guidelines and Submission Instructions:

  • Length: 250 – 1,200 words (some articles may be longer).
  • Deadline: Due on or before the 5th of the month prior to publication.
  • Articles should be written in layman’s terms, and impart information in a way that does not sound self-serving.
  • Rather than tackling a vast subject, it is better to focus on a specific segment (Example: Using Chinese Medicine to Treat Menopause rather than Everything You Want to Know About Chinese Medicine).
  • Article submissions should include facts and/or statistics that would be of interest to our readers. Any medical claims should be accompanied by cited research or credible source(s).
  • We reserve the right to edit all submissions if necessary; for longer features, a copy of revisions can be returned upon request.
  • Please include a short biography at the end of your article.
  • For the best chance of acceptance, we suggest you review the Natural Awakenings editorial style guidelines below.
  • The author of a feature-length article accepted for publication will receive a free Community Resource Guide listing that month.
  • Article Submissions: Articles should be submitted by email as an attached MS Word document or as text embedded in the body of the email and emailed to: publisher@naturalawakeningsINW.com. Please include “Article” in the subject of the email.
  • Photos should be sent as separate attachment, not embedded in the document.

Additional Notes

  • If your article has been published elsewhere, we are probably not interested.
  • We cannot guarantee publication, and if accepted, we may not publish your piece immediately. If you would like us to keep the submission for future consideration, please let us know when submitting your article.
  • Your original work will most likely be edited to fit our magazine’s style guidelines. If you wish to review edits to your submission, send it at least seven days before the deadline, and be accessible for consultation.

NATURAL AWAKENINGS WRITING STYLE GUIDELINES

  • Establish a strong lead paragraph and compelling close.
  • Remember the five Ws: who, what, where, when and why.
  • Write in third-person news style for briefs & most articles (them/they/those/people/attendees).
  • Alternatively, for articles, use we/our/us. Avoid the less formal second-person ‘you’.
  • Use a clear, logical order for content.
  • Use action verbs (E.g., ABC offers; not ABC is offering).
  • Use plain language and briefly define technical terms.
  • Keep sentences and paragraphs short.
  • Include short anecdotes or case studies to illustrate key points–then expand the focus to a wider context.
  • Use strong, genuine quotes to aid in reader identification.
  • Add credibility with scientific studies, statistics and updates on trends.
  • Single space after periods.
  • Punctuation “inside” quotes.

What our readers expect:

  • We focus on hope, healing, practical tips and benefits. Every reader wants to know how they can personally use and benefit from this information in their life journey.
  • Attribute all medical or health claims and scientific study results; cite credible, authoritative sources. List additional resources in an italicized endnote.

What our readers won’t see:

  • A depressing lists of symptoms and technical details of treatment.
  • Extended, first-person (I/me/my) accounts of life journeys.
  • Marketing or sales copy heavy on blatant self-promotion disguised as an article (we have advertising and our Spotlights for that, which our readers enjoy as well).