Style Guide

General Rules

1-We only accept original work. If you have a blog and you’d like to submit an article from it, you can but you will have to refer to your blog in your about page in order to avoid any copyright issues.

2-It is imperative you have secured the rights to any image you use. Either use an image you have taken yourself, or search for one using Google’s “labelled for reuse” function. You should check the rights by clicking on the image itself as Google isn’t always correct. Finally, you must add the credit of the image in your post. This might be the photographer.

3-If you would like to quote someone, then do it properly in order to avoid plagiarism.

4-We only accept articles in English. We will review and suggest changes to your work if we think it’s appropriate, but we will always let you view the suggestions and changes before publishing it.

5-Talk to the Pen does NOT accept any work containing incitement to hatred, racism or other sort of discrimination. We reserve the right to reject any work we believe to be offensive.

6-A short description (50 words max.) of yourself is required so that the readers can know something more about the author, and a picture. If you wish to post anonymously, you can create a pseudonym or simply sign yourself as anonymous. However, you are still required to submit a description and a picture (it can be of something that represents you, rather than a picture of yourself).

7-We require writers to also submit a feature image representing the topic of their article. If you do not suggest any, then we will choose one for you.

8-To ensure consistency we publish articles following British English guidelines. The BBC provides a great British English Style Guide. Switching a word processor language to English (UK) will flag up any discrepancies and anything that goes missed can always be adjusted by the editors.

There are two kinds of articles you can send to Talk to the Pen, an opinion piece and a feature article.

 

What is an opinion piece?

An opinion piece is an article reflecting the author’s opinion on a particular topic.

The motivation may be a writer’s experience of the topic on a personal level, or a professional one. The writer might have neither but can provide an unexpected or simply a candid point of view.

Whatever the relationship between the topic and the writer’s opinion, an opinion article lays down a writer’s stance on an issue using a strong and cohesive argument.

It is not simply a rant, but an engaging, dynamic and well-structured article, with stylistic flair to convince the reader of your argument.

Feel free to include humour, personal anecdotes but don’t make the article’s language too abstract.

 

Length: 500-750 words

 

What is a feature article?

A feature article is a piece of writing exploring a range of issues, such as opinions, stories, ideas and experiences.

This type of article differs from the most common hard news appearing on the newspapers. While traditional news mostly focus on events, feature articles are meant to depict the human side of a story. Also known as people stories, they often focus on individuals and their experiences, but nevertheless supported by facts.

Features stories aren’t exactly defined by their topics, but by their style. They are most commonly divided in further subcategories. For Example:

-A history of or Backgrounder

-Analysis of an event or fact

-How-to article

-Interview

-Profile of a particular person

-Review

-Testimony

 

Length: 500-1500 words