- Read Our Aims and a few of our articles before you submit anything so you know what we’re about.
- Try to keep your spelling, grammar and format tight – the less editing we have to do the better.
- We want this to be accessible and concise, if you can’t summarise your submission in one sentence then you probably need to simplify it or break it into separate submissions.
- We’re not into: sectarian bickering, highfalutin academic posturing or personal attacks.
We are interested in any and all ideas, but especially within these themes:
At Work – Informal and very personal commentaries on experiences of the modern workplace.
What Does A Union Mean To You? – Interviews for workers outside of traditional workplaces or spheres that are un-unionised.
Wobchat – interviews with IWW branches about what they are up to and what they have learned through their organising.
Take a look at our editors’ profiles, if you feel your article sits within their specialities or interests, it might be worth pitching to them directly.
We are not the grammar police and we want to allow for creative expression and experimentation with forms and styles etc. However, we do have a few rules to sharpen your piece and make the job easier for our volunteer editors:
- Standard fonts such as Calibri, or Arial.
- Font size 12.
- 1.5 line and paragraph spacing.
- The whole article ‘justified’.
- The article is broken up into paragraphs, with a line space breaking them. Studies have shown that online articles, or written pieces that are read on an electronic device and presented in this form retain the reader’s interest for longer.
Content for New Syndicalist will be judged against the three objectives that the project aims to meet:
- Practical – content will offer a way to better understand the everyday experiences of workers and build unity of action within the workers’ movement.
- Accessible – content will aim to be short, concise and be accessible to a reader of average schooling. Contributors should assume a minimal level of informal or formal political education of our audience/readership. This means that jargon, acronyms, initialisations and political concepts introduced should be explained at least once in the text / audio.
- Transformative – content should aim to contain clear proposals for action or ways of improving organising campaigns and drives.
New Syndicalist does not publish content that advocates participation in elections or in support of the platform of any political party. However, content evaluating and analysing the impact of electoral politics on organising and campaigning may be suitable for the project should it also meet the above three aims.
All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by the Editorial Team prior to publication on the Blog. It is recommended that contributors contact a member of the Editorial Team prior to submitting a piece of work to ensure it fits within the aims of the project and for guidance on style and length.
The Editorial Team will feedback an initial decision to contributors after first submission. The Editorial Team will reach all decisions by a 50+1 majority.
Decisions will fall under the following:
- Publication without any corrections – where the content is suitable for publication and requires no corrections for spelling or grammar.
- Publication with minor corrections – where the content is suitable for publication but contains area for expansion, clarification and/or issues of accuracy.
- Commentary for further substantial rewrites – where the content may be suitable for the blog but is not publishable in its current format.
- Not suitable for publication.
In the case of b) and c) the Editorial Team may offer guidance or direct edits to the text to make the piece suitable for publication.
Where content has been returned to contributors for corrections and further work it will be returned to the author with a suggested deadline for re-submission. It will be re-submitted for consideration at the same email address above and judged against the same criteria.
Decision to publish after submission is at the Editorial Team’s discretion where the content falls into category a) and b).
Where agreement cannot be met with contributors over needed corrections the Team will offer the following alternatives to the author:
- Withdraw the content from submission.
- Withdraw the authors name from the content, publishing as an anonymous article.