Voices for Biodiversity

Submission Guidelines

2019 Submission Guidelines

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

To emotionally engage our readers, Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) publishes narrative journalism. Our creative nonfiction process emphasizes that our writers share their first-person experiences and offer insightful quotes from other people mentioned in the article. We also occasionally publish interviews with relevant environmentalists and environmental writers and can provide transcription of interviews.

All submissions should have a clear connection to biodiversity or biodiversity loss, this includes stories of conservation, interactions with nature or other species, and introspective ideas about the natural world.

Please send your query to our Managing Editor. Queries should be no more than 200 words.

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. In short, we strive to share the voices of those who generally don’t have access to publication.

Voices for Biodiversity is unique because we believe that all individuals should have a platform to publish their voice on behalf of biodiversity. If you have a story to tell but need assistance to share it, Voices for Biodiversity can assign someone to interview you and help tell your story. If this applies to you, please inform the Managing Editor when enquiring.

All submissions will be edited by our staff for style, focus and quality. Our media platform publishes using Associated Press (AP) style.

We prefer that written submissions be made using Microsoft Word, but we can accommodate those who do not have access to the software.

Final submissions should include photographs if possible. Please mention the availability of photos or video, or provide a link to a portfolio or gallery when you send in your query. Submitted photos should be horizontal in orientation.

V4B follows the ethical code of conduct set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists.

V4B accepts submissions in English, French and Spanish.

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.