Cassandra Voices Submission Guidelines
Cassandra Voices publishes articles in a wide variety of fields, and from across the political spectrum. We cover the full range of current affairs, international politics, society, science and the environment, law, sports, music and the arts.
We have specific editors for poetry and fiction submissions, and to field applicants for Artist of the Month and Musician of the Month:
Poetry: [email protected]
Fiction: [email protected]
Music (including Musician of the Month): [email protected] (attention Paul Gilgunn)
Arts (including Artist of the Month): [email protected]
All other submissions should be sent to: [email protected]
Ideally entries are sent by email as Word attachments, along with any images you may wish to use. As a digital platform we can also integrate sound and video clips, which can generally be embedded in the text.
As indicated, we welcome arguments from different political persuasions, but insist you back up what you write with hard evidence from reliable sources, whether a peer-reviewed paper or reputable news agency, depending on the context and the area you are examining.
In terms of referencing, we ask authors to provide endnotes for cited materials: in the case of a book to include: author(s), full title, publisher, place of publication and page number; for a newspaper article we expect: author(s), title, publication, date of publication and URL.
It should be emphasised, however, that we are not looking for articles of an overly academic nature, and much of what we publish – such as memoir and personal testimonies – does not require any references at all.
Our articles are aimed at an educated lay reader, so technical language and impenetrable jargon should be avoided.
In terms of article length, we prefer long-form pieces, ranging between 2,000 and 5,000 words. We are also prepared to serialise material exceeding that.
A minimum length of 1,000 words for an article is usually expected, but we are prepared to look at submissions which do not reach that figure.
We do not have strict style guidelines, but usually prefer standard linguistic conventions. In general we like to see short sentences and the avoidance of overly-long paragraphs. Ideally, headings are inserted between sections, although these can be applied during the editorial process.
A good article usually contains a clear beginning, or introduction, to the theme or argument; a middle section which elucidates on the various strands of the subject-matter; and an ending in which conclusions are drawn and potential follow-up, if any, is identified.
Our editors are happy to provide assistance to novice writers, and we are prepared to collaborate in order to bring material to the standard required for publication.
In the event of us working together it is important to establish from the outset the extent to which contributors are prepared to allow their text to be amended.
In the case of highly sensitive material, we can offer anonymity to authors and end-to-end encryption via a secure email drop, [email protected].
We can also assess material for potential defamation, although any legal advice is non-professional for which we accept no liability.
We guarantee that no article will be published without the writer’s consent.