Voices for Biodiversity

Submission Guidelines

Please contact us about reporting a story or submitting an article, photo essay, video or podcast. We target a caring and informed but non-expert audience. Please note that we do not accept fiction or poetry.

Please send your query to our Managing Editor. Queries should be no more than 500 words. In addition, please include a short biography of approximately 150-200 words.

To emotionally engage our readers, Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) publishes narrative journalism. This creative nonfiction process requires most submissions to demonstrate exemplary storytelling, share the first-person experiences of the eco-reporter and offer insightful quotes from other people mentioned in the article.

All submissions should have a clear connection to biodiversity or biodiversity loss. You do not have to be a professional writer, photographer or videographer to be published. We make a particular effort to publish articles by women, people of color and those who reside in developing countries, including indigenous people.

If you have a story to tell but do not want to create it for publication as an eco-reporter, Voices for Biodiversity can assign an eco-reporter to interview you and help tell your story. If this applies to you, please inform the Managing Editor when enquiring.

Final submissions should include photographs if possible, which will be edited for style, focus and quality. Please mention the availability of photos or video, or provide a link to a portfolio or gallery when you send in your query.

Articles, photos, videos and podcasts are considered that relate to themes such as:

  • Ecology
  • Human ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Biodiversity and loss of biodiversity
  • Biocultural diversity
  • Interspecies and trans-species relationships and communication
  • Conservation
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and traditional knowledge
  • Deep ecology, nature awareness and eco-psychology
  • Human overpopulation and overconsumption
  • Climate change as it relates to non-human species

V4B follows the ethical code of conduct set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists. Our media platform publishes using Associated Press (AP) style.

V4B accepts submissions in English, French and Spanish. We do not accept submissions that have been previously published elsewhere.

Copyright and Permission to Republish

Contributors to Voices for Biodiversity grant us permission to publish their material in our online magazine.

By agreeing to submit content or contribute to Voices for Biodiversity (regardless of the form or medium with respect to such content, whether text, videos, photographs, audio or otherwise), you are giving us and our affiliates, agents and third-party contractors the right to edit, display or publish such content on our site and its affiliated publications (either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work), to store such content, and to distribute such content and use such content for promotional and marketing purposes and in content developed by third parties about Voices for Biodiversity and our work.

You shall be solely responsible for your own submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with each of your submissions, you affirm that you own or have the necessary permissions for any and all parts of your submission, including photos. You are expected to cite all quotes and all research correctly. We reserve the right to remove or not publish submissions without prior notice. You understand that when you submit content in any form to Voices for Biodiversity, we may authorize such content to be distributed on, syndicated to or published on our partner websites.

Disclaimer

The opinions and views expressed in Voices for Biodiversity are those of the contributors and not of Voices for Biodiversity, which is a project of Perception International.