Guidelines for contributors to Books Ireland
Ethos of Books Ireland
Books Ireland seeks to reflect the ‘world of books’ in Ireland, encompassing a wide coverage of all aspects of this medium including reading, writing, making, printing, and selling books. Books Ireland seeks to be an authoritative vehicle for all matters relating to books. Therefore we need to ensure excellence in reviewing. We seek out reviewers and contributors who know the subject and have standing in the area.
Above all Books Ireland seeks to be independent and fair. We encourage our writers to be honest, thoughtful and measured. We do not seek contributions, which are ‘puff’ pieces or give a misleadingly positive or negative view of the subjects covered.
While we wish contributions in all sections of the magazine (see below) to be authoritative, we do not wish to put off the ‘general reader’ by being too wordy or academic. The overall tone should be substantial enough to be taken seriously but light enough to have a broad appeal. Hence overuse of jargon, technical terms, concentration of detail, etc. is to be avoided. A personal touch is desirable.
Apart from ‘First Flush’, which is an editorial responsibility, Books Ireland has four sections, as follows
- Reviews: ‘long’ review of c1500 words or ‘medium’ review of 850.
- Opinion piece: 800 words on any topic to do with publishing, writing, selling books or related issues, reflecting the personal views and experiences of the writer.
- Features: 500/800/1000/1500 words, articles on news, events or analysis of issues relating to publishing, writing, selling books or related issues. These should be more ‘journalistic’ in tone rather than personal. Author image required.
- ‘My favourite …’ : an engaging article of 830 words on the contributor’s favourite place to write or read books, favourite book, library/bookshop, etc. Author image required.
Payment and copyright
Payment (where appropriate) will depend on length of contribution and will only proceed on publication of the piece in question. Copyright remains with the author.
Books Ireland magazine is available in both print and digital formats. Contributions accepted for publication may appear in print/digital editions and/or on the website (www.booksirelandmagazine.com). Reviews and features published in the print/digital editions may be published as archive material on the website.
The editor reserves the right to trim articles that go over the word limit. Changes in wording or style to fit in the Books Ireland style/ethos may be made. Contributors will be consulted on substantial changes in advance of publication, time permitting.
Contributions/reviews must be submitted to the editor, Tony Canavan, by email in a convertible format (firstname.lastname@example.org). A photo of the contributor is also requested.
NB features: the author is requested to submit suitable photographs (preferably as jpegs) to accompany his/her article.