DPG Online Writer’s Guidelines
Before you send anything, be sure to read the below guidelines and instructions carefully. We seek Features, described below.
DPG Online is a professional-quality online magazine written by Drexel University students and edited and produced by Drexel University faculty and student staff. Our audience is the Drexel community, people in and near the city of Philadelphia, Drexel alumni, and the larger world of online readers.
We only accept submissions from current Drexel University students (undergraduate and graduate from all departments and majors).
What we publish:
We welcome personal essay, reportage, journalism, reviews, memoir, interview, faculty profiles, slice of life, reflection, and every variety of what is sometimes called creative nonfiction or literary journalism. Our focus is Drexel University and the Philadelphia region but we also cover the world at large. Keep in mind that your piece might not be published until after the event you discuss is no longer fresh news. That is, readers aren’t coming to DPG Online merely for the latest scores. They’re coming for good writing. Your piece should be framed in such a way to still be relevant and engaging even weeks or months after first publication.
We welcome feature-length pieces — nonfiction essays or articles — of generally between 500-1,500 words covering a wide variety of subjects, such as people, places, news, reviews, trends, sports, science, business, education, relationships, and money, to only name a few of the possibilities. Bring your voice and perspective to some subject and do research if applicable. We are not seeking academic essays but prefer pieces that could run in a magazine.
Here is how to submit:
- Query firstname.lastname@example.org first with a brief letter explaining the subject and scope of your submission. Tell us what the anticipated word count is. You may also send completed manuscripts with your query.
- If we are interested, we will request the complete manuscript (if you haven’t already provided it). Send as an attachment in Word if possible, double spaced, with your name on every page and the pages numbered.
- If accepted, revisions may be requested. A faculty editor will work with you.
- Submitting your writing to DPG Online grants the Drexel Publishing Group the right to edit and publish your writing on DPG Online. Submitting writing to DPG Online also affirms that you are the author and sole owner of the writing and that you have not plagiarized and that your work is truthful and accurate to the best of your knowledge.
- Your submission must be sent from a Drexel e-mail address.
- Writers are not paid for accepted pieces.
- Include on manuscript: Contact information (e-mail and phone); Full name as it should appear in byline; Word count; Brief (1-2 lines) straight-forward biography to be used at conclusion of piece (include items like your major, hometown, etc.).
- We prefer features to contain links to sources you used and to the cultural references you make in the piece. Just make the relevant text into a link to an appropriate source or site. See our published content for examples.
- Length of 500-1,500 words is preferred. Exceptions may be made for excellent pieces that are longer than the specified word count.
- If possible, include an image or photo of the event or subject you are writing about. We may use the image with the piece or we may provide our own image. Tell us who took the photo so we can give proper credit (be sure that permission to use the photo on our site is yours to give). You may also suggest image concepts that fit your piece.
Many pieces we have published in the past would fall under:
News: Lots of stuff happens at Drexel and in Philadelphia and beyond. A new building on campus. Latest research by Drexel faculty or students. Local political intrigue. Crime. The city. The suburbs. The nation. The world. There are a million stories out there. We aim to cover some of them.
People: Includes profiles, discussion of cultural figures, human behavior, relationships, anything people-related.
Places: Includes any location — museums, parks, public spaces, homes and hometown, concert venues, etc., but also, for example, the way people in Philadelphia drive or talk, the scene on South Street, etc.
Reviews: Full reviews of books, movies, restaurants, video games, television shows, theater, comedy, etc.
Sports: Coverage of sports, sporting events, and sports culture at Drexel University and around the world.
Trends: The latest fads, fashions, foods, culture, and things that everyone is into.
However, you do not need to limit yourself to the topics listed above.