Guidelines for submitting articles
to Caribbean Compass
The Compass publishes articles of interest to the boating community, both local and visiting, in the Caribbean. A variety of subject matter pertaining to the Caribbean Sea and people interested in it is covered.
Suggested length for feature articles is 2,000 words or less. A good article is often shorter; don’t pump up an interesting concise piece into a long boring one. News items for Info & Updates, Eco-News and Regatta News should be 400 words or less.
Sharp, large photos are a plus.
Submissions may be edited for accuracy, length, clarity, fairness and grammatical style. If you require pre-publication approval of editorial changes, please specify this when making your submission.
WHAT WE DO WANT
The Compass is a forum, shaped more by writers’ ideas and talents than by a rigid editorial policy. Be yourself, deal with a topic you care about, and write unaffectedly, as if you were writing to an intelligent but as yet uninformed friend.
You have the best chance of seeing your work in print if what you send in is informative, fact-rich and well organized. It’s a good idea for the beginning to include essential information. For example, “In early January, 2012 my husband, John, and I sailed our Rhodes 41 sloop to Prickly Bay on the south coast of Grenada” is much more informative to your reader than “We (who?) recently (when?) sailed (what?) to Prickly Bay (where?).”
We at the Compass
often crew short-handed to a deadline, so we are
more inclined to use articles in “sail away”
condition (see SENDING IT IN, following) than
“handyman’s specials” that need time to work into
If you would like a
short footnote about yourself included, please
mention your name, name of your spouse or others on
the boat where applicable, boat name and type, and
length of time cruising. Include a sharp “head shot”
if you like.
(A tip: It’s not a
good idea to send the same article to several
publications at once — either the assumption could
be made that it’s a free press release, or, if two
or more publications run it simultaneously there
could be a squabble over who got “first rights” [see
below]. Either way, you could have a problem getting
We do not publish
individual consumer complaints or regatta results
Please send text as
UNFORMATTED text files or Microsoft Word documents.
DO NOT FORMAT your articles (e.g. centering and
enlarging the headline, indenting paragraphs with
extra spaces or tabs, embedding photos in text,
etc.) Do not put two spaces between sentences.
Please name all photo attachments using a clue word from your article’s subject, and your surname, e.g. “dominica-smith.jpg”. When we get many attachments a day named “compass.jpg”, or identified only by numbers, it’s easy to get them mixed up!
NOTE: We cannot use
photos embedded in text/Word documents or pdf files.
Our standard pay
rate for photographs illustrating an article is
EC$15 (US$6) per photo published.
Regarding the fact
that writers NEVER get paid enough, be aware that
small newspapers such as Caribbean Compass operate
on a very slim profit margin. The Compass supports
itself, certainly, and contributes to the support of
a number of people, but it will never make us or
anyone else rich. To paraphrase the editors of the
Harvard Post: “The richness of the small newspaper
life is of a different sort. We believe in small
newspapers because we believe in small communities,
whether ashore or afloat. Each independent newspaper
adds to our collective independence by resisting the
appalling homogenization of culture and information
brought on by centralized news establishments.” We
appreciate your being with us in this endeavor.
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