If you wish to contribute an article(s) to be considered for publication on Moods' website or in our printed publication, please follow the specifications noted below.
Specifications for Submitting Articles to Moods Magazine
All stories submitted will be reviewed, however there is no guarantee that an article will be published or the issue it will be published in. Authors will be advised in advance should we accept a submission. You will be contacted only if your article has been accepted. Moods does not pay for articles, all submissions are provided on a volunteer basis. Published articles become the copyright of Moods magazine and cannot be published elsewhere without prior permission.
It is important to recognize that Moods magazine is directed at consumers and therefore should include easy-to-read language – layperson terms.
All articles must provide factual information beneficial to our readership regarding some aspect about mood disorders, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD or OCD, etc. Articles written to promote a service or product will not be accepted for publishing within our content pages, as such articles fall under the category of an “Advertorial” or “Paid advertisement.”
Articles published in the printed version of Moods magazine or on Moods’ website may not be published in other sources during the period in which an issue is on the newsstands. We ask that reprints contain a credit line for Moods magazine. Moods would also appreciate a copy of any reprints or a link to online versions being published.
1) Personal stories in print: we require full disclosure (the person’s full name) as well as a few photos to accompany articles published in print. We require such as part of our efforts to eliminate the stigma attached to mental health.
2) Personal stories on Moods’ website: For those submitting a personal story and wish to remain anonymous, we will consider publishing stories on our website without full disclosure or photos.
3) Informational/factual articles: should include a 60-word bio about the author, including training, education and/or other relevant information to support the person’s expertise in the field – the bio will follow the article. A 1.5” x 1.5” digital colour photo of the author (head shot only) may also be included – one per article even if there are multiple authors.
- MOODS magazine follows the Canadian Press Guide for style
- 1200 words or less for a personal story in print (2,000 max for online stories)
- 1200 - 1500 words for an informational article in print (exceptions my be made for lengthier articles, please discuss in advance – 2,000 words for articles published online).
- Save as a Word doc or rich text (RTF) format
- Only one space after periods as opposed to two spaces
- IMPORTANT; Do not include footnotes or references within the text. Instead, incorporate the references within the body of text (i.e. According to xxx… depression will be ranked…by 2020; Based on a study by xxx, depression is more common in women over 50…, etc.)
- DO NOT FORMAT the text (i.e.: use single spacing, depress the “return” command only after a paragraph, no columns, do not embed pictures, do not bold, underline, or italicize text, do not indent, etc. as such formatting will have to be removed in order to apply our style sheets within our layout program)
- Photos must be provided separately as high-resolution (300 dpi) jpg or tiff images – do not embed pictures within the file/article itself.
- Use font size of 12 pts - Arial or Times Roman
We look forward to reviewing your submission!