Writing Guidelines

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Holland Weekly Is Accepting Submissions

And we would love to hear from you.

HOLLAND WEEKLY’S WRITING GUIDELINES:

  1. Holland Weekly provides a platform for discussions about our community. But these conversations aren’t complete unless we include diverse voices. Women, people of color, young and old, the unemployed and working poor, voices from disability culture, from minority faiths, and LGBTQIA-identifying individuals are particularly encouraged to query us.
  2. While we prioritize local and statewide issues, we also welcome smart and relevant takes on national issues that affect Hollanders.
  3. Holland Weekly leans more towards magazine than newspaper, and Chicago Manual of Style than AP. Articles tend to range from approximately 300 to 1,000 words. We do not accept fiction or poetry at this time. Please see Poets & Writers for literary magazines that do: https://www.pw.org/literary_magazines/all.
  4. An article should be well-researched with sources clearly labeled. An op-ed or a film review should still be backed up with original reporting and findings that bolster your opinions.
  5. Don’t presume we are as knowledgeable about the topic as you are. Help us get into the story the way you would if you were telling the story to a friend who knew nothing about the topic.

Contact us at hollandweekly@gmail.com.

HOLLAND WEEKLY’S GUIDING QUESTIONS FOR WRITERS:

  1. Is this article completely original? Is it written solely by you? Also, If you’re writing about a well-worn topic, we’ll be looking for a unique take or original insight.
  2. Has any part of the article or the article in its entirety been published elsewhere, including a blog?
  3. What is your article about? And what ties it to Holland (best), to Michigan, to the Great Lakes/the Rust Belt, or to our nation as a whole? If you can tie your article to all of the above, you’ve likely got yourself a winner.
  4. Why should Holland Weekly’s audience care about this article? Our tagline is Local news for everyday people. Aim for a piece that is clear, cohesive, honest and truthful, plainspoken, and keeps Hollanders’ interest all the way through.
  5. Do you have any personal connection to this article that we should know about? Do you have any conflicts of interest that might compromise your ability to report this story fairly and without bias? Of course, if the article is an op-ed, there will be bias. If you are a teacher and this is an education story, tell us that. Sometimes writing about those connections makes for a better story. Sometimes not.

If your piece is accepted, we will ask for a brief one or two sentence pocket bio (e.g. where you live and what you do). This bio can include a link to a personal website you’d like to share with readers.

Contact us at hollandweekly@gmail.com.

Photographs

Holland Weekly is also looking for photos to include in our issues. Preference will be given to photos of people and places found in Holland, MI and the surrounding area.

Contact us at hollandweekly@gmail.com.


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