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. Content is Caribbean focused.
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 high-resolution photos are a plus (see photo guidelines below).
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 41-foot sloop to Prickly Bay on the south coast of Grenada” is much more informative to your reader than “We recently sailed to Prickly Bay…”
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 publishable shape.
In summary, what we want is a concise and informative article, on a topic you really care about, in a condition we can readily use.
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.
WHAT WE DON'T WANT
Except under special circumstances, the Compass does not use articles or photos that have appeared previously, or will appear simultaneously, in any other Caribbean publication or anywhere on-line. If you have submitted your article to any other publications or if it appears in a blog or otherwise on-line, let us know.
We avoid sensationalism, personal or political ax-grinding, and articles that attempt to secure free advertising for a business on the pretext of furnishing news. If an advertiser, or any other business, has a genuine piece of news for our Business Briefs department, that’s great. If an article which stands on its own merit mentions specific businesses in a positive light, that’s okay, too. But we generally do not publish articles that could be seen as promotion for a specific business.
If you want to promote a Caribbean marine-related club, charity, NGO, etcetera, we’re happy to share the news but we do not pay for promotional items.
We do not publish individual consumer complaints or regatta results complaints.
Articles or letters submitted anonymously will not be considered for publication. If you have a legitimate reason for requesting that your name not appear in print, this request will be considered.
article’s publication in the Compass, you can sell
the rights to it to anybody else in the Caribbean.
You can sell the rights outside the Wider Caribbean
Region at any time. We reserve the right to
Please name all
text attachments using a clue word from your
article’s subject, and your surname, e.g.
“lobster-jones.doc”. When we get several submissions
a day named “compass article”, it’s easy to get them
NOTE: Send photos full size
as individual attachments: we cannot use photos
embedded in text/Word documents or pdf files.
Original photos are always preferred. Please do not
illustrate your article with photos found on the
internet unless they are verifiably “public domain”
and include a photo credit.
Our usual pay rate is EC$115 for a feature article. We can pay the equivalent in TT$ or US$ ($45). Short, non-promotional items for “Info & Updates” or “Regatta News” are paid at a reduced rate. In lieu of payment we are happy to make a donation to a charity in your name.
Our standard pay rate for photographs illustrating an article is EC$16 (US$6) per photo published.
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