How to Submit a Contributed Column

Business People is always looking for concise, relevant writing from local professionals.

Contributed columns ideally run two column spaces, which is approximately 600 words. Longer pieces may be published as a series, if each piece is written to stand alone as well as complement the other segments in the series.

Our editors can't promise to publish a column until they read it. But by following these guidelines, youll be on your way to crafting a piece we'd be happy to include in an upcoming issue of Business People.

Put your topic in the spotlight, not yourself

Contributed columns, which appear in the back section of our magazine, are substantially different from the feature articles we assign to professional writers and publish in the front. We're looking for topic-based contributed columns from local business people, not self-promotional pieces. For example, writing a piece on how to solve employee disputes is great; writing a piece on why people should come to your law firm for help regarding employee disputes is not.

Money matters

Business People doesn't pay for contributed columns. We consider the benefits to writer and publisher to be mutual: The writer gets free exposure by appearing as an expert in our magazine; the writer's by-line and photo, if available, are published with the column; and a brief biography of the contributor appears at the end of the piece. In return, Business People gets free editorial from qualified, local, reliable sources.

First rights

We don't publish contributed columns that have been published anywhere else either in print or electronically. One month after it appears in Business People, however, authors are free to do with the columns what they please, i.e., republish it elsewhere. We do, though, request a disclaimer attached to any subsequent republishing: Originally published in Business People-Vermont, Month, Year. Submitting a column for publication indicates your agreement with this request.

Hands off

We always try to take a hands-off approach to contributed columns: If we can publish your submission without changing a word, we will. However, we often make minor changes to bring a column in line with our style. We follow the style guidelines of the Associated Press. If we think more significant changes are required, we'll make them, passing any such changes your way for approval before your column goes to press.

Read a sample column

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