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Secular World Submission Guidelines

General

Experienced, knowledgeable writers are sought to research and write articles for upcoming issues of AAI's quarterly magazine, Secular World.  Fresh and novel approaches to the topic of atheism are encouraged.  Interested parties should contact the magazine editor at secularworld [at] atheistalliance [dot] org with details, including proposed subject matter and length.

Secular World strives to contain mostly first-time published material. In those rare cases where previously-published material is selected for publication, it must be treated very carefully.  We cannot reprint material from other publications without written permission from the publisher. If you quote substantially from other publications, you also must obtain permission from the initial publisher for Secular World to use the material, credit the author and give the publication title and date - even if you are quoting from your own work that has been published elsewhere. You are not always protected by changing some of the words or paraphrasing, so please be sure you have permission where needed. For further information regarding the "fair use" doctrine, see the websites: http://publishing.about.com/cs/fairuseinfo/ and http://www.publaw.com/fairuse.html.

Submission guidelines

Please understand that Secular World works with limited staff, so we ask those who submit material to help us as much as possible. We cannot use everything we receive and what we do use must be in the correct form. Well-written material that incorporates the following rules has the best chance of being published in Secular World:

  • Topic should be of interest to the international community
  • Must be submitted as MS-Word doc or docx file
  • 1000 - 3500 words
  • 12 pt font, single-spaced
  • Times New Roman
  • No spaces between paragraphs
  • Each paragraph starts with .25 inch indent
  • Accompanying photos with captions related to the article are greatly desired!
  • Include short bio, website, and pic
  • File naming: Q3 - Lastname - Wordcount.docx

Deadlines

1Q issue (Jan - Mar): 1 November
2Q issue (Apr - Jun): 1 February
3Q issue (Jul - Sep): 1 May
4Q issue (Oct - Dec): 1 August

Any questions should be directed to secularworld [at] atheistalliance [dot] org.

Articles
If your article has been published before, you should obtain written permission from the publisher to reprint it in Secular World, and include it with your submission, even if we have your (the author's) permission. However, we seldom reprint previously published articles. Please see the information above about fair use.

When sending an article, please include a short bio: a few lines about your background and affiliations. Use other authors' bios in Secular World as a guideline. Please include this information with your article so we don't have to ask for it later. A small head-shot photo may accompany articles. Include your mailing address, so that if your article is printed, we may send you a copy of the magazine.

Secular World is a publication of Atheist Alliance International and is unlikely to publish articles that are inconsistent with its philosophy of being a positive voice for atheism. Certainly any atheist publication will include some criticism of religion, but our emphasis is on atheist-humanist activism. If you wish to publish disagreement with any of our views, Letters to the Editor is the best place for such criticism.

Letters to the Editor
Letters on any subject appropriate to Secular World are welcome. They may be on a new topic or politely critical or supportive of previous articles or letters or of Secular World as a whole. Letters should be under 200 words. All letters must contain the name of the writer, city, state/province and country. Letters sent anonymously will not be published. Secular World may, on rare occasions, agree to not publish a letter-writer's name, but Secular World must know the writer's name and contact information. If letter-writers would like to be contacted by email by Secular World readers, they should note this and include their email address. We won't publish letter-writers' email addresses except by permission, which should be included with the Letter to the Editor. Extremely long letters will either be rejected or shortened. Letters chosen for publication may be edited for correct usage or length. Abusive letters will not be published. If a letter is critical of an author or article, we will allow the author to respond. If it is not possible to include an author's response in the issue where a critical letter appears, a response may be included in the following issue.

Books
We welcome ideas for book reviews. Please include the title, author, publisher, and price, and a paragraph or two about the book and why it would be of interest to Secular World readers. Readers are also welcome to send reviews of books they have read. Submissions should be made to bookreviews [at] atheistalliance [dot] org. Reviews should be in the range of 300-500 words. Occasionally a longer review will be accepted. The reviewer should include his or her name and city and state, plus some bio information. As with other material, if the review has been published elsewhere, we must have the permission of the publisher to reprint.

Suggestions
We welcome ideas and suggestions about Secular World, including those that you are not submitting for publication. If your letter is for our information only and you don't wish to have it published, please make note of that on the letter itself.

Thank you for your interest.  I look forward to reviewing your work!
Rustam Singh
Editor-in-Chief: Secular World
Atheist Alliance International

AAI & Secular World Advertising Rates

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All advertising is subject to approval.
For advertising in Secular World, contact the Secular World Editor (secularworld [at] atheistalliance [dot] org) before making a payment.
For AAI website / email advertising, contact the AAI Treasurer (treasurer [at] atheistalliance [dot] org).

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SECULAR WORLD ADVERTISING RATES

Ad rates: (payment must accompany ad) 

1/8 PAGE (approx. business card size)

US$46 for one time
US$36 for each time if run 2 times (total: $72)
US$30 for each time if run 3 times (total: $90)
US$28 for each time if run 4 times (total: $112)
Center page / inside cover not available


1/4 PAGE (approx. 3 1/2" wide x 4 5/8" high)

US$66 for one time
US$60 for each time if run 2 times (total: $120)
US$54 for each time if run 3 times (total: $162)
US$52 for each time if run 4 times (total: $208)
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1/3 PAGE (approx. 7 1/4" wide x 3 1/8" high OR 2 1/4" wide x 9 1/2" high)

US$90 for one time
US$82 for each time if run 2 times (total: $164)
US$74 for each time if run 3 times (total: $222)
US$68 for each time if run 4 times (total: $272)
Center page / inside cover not available

1/2 PAGE (approx. 7 1/4" wide x 4 5/8" high OR 3 1/2" wide x 9 1/2" high)

US$120 for one time
US$112 for each time if run 2 times (total: $224)
US$106 for each time if run 3 times (total: $318)
US$  96 for each time if run 4 times (total: $284)
Center page / inside cover not available


FULL PAGE (approx. 7 1/4" wide x 9 1/2" high)

US$210 for one time
US$196 for each time if run 2 times (total: $392)
US$180 for each time if run 3 times (total: $540)
US$166 for each time if run 4 times (total: $664)
Additional 25% for center page or inside cover
10% off full page price for each additional page, up to 4 pages

 

 

AAI WEBSITE / EMAIL ADVERTISING RATES

Space and placement subject to availability. Contracts are for blocks of 3 months.

Ad rates: (payment must accompany ad) 

AAI Home page

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), mid-page - $60 / month

vertical (dimensions 3:5) top right main - $60 / month

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), page bottom - $30 / month

 

AAI Subpage (per page)

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), mid-page - $30 / month

vertical (dimensions 3:5) right edge - $30 / month

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), page bottom - $10 / month

 

Posted Article Link (Includes a permanent one-line text link included at the bottom of one of the articles posted on the AAI website)

$10 / article 

AAI General Announcement Emails (2-6 sent per month, ~25,000+ impressions sent per announcement)
General Announcement Emails are sent to all AAI supporters that have opted in to our announcements e-list.

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), mid-page - $30 / month

vertical (dimensions 3:5) left or right edge - $30 / month

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), page bottom - $10 / month

AAI Member-Directed Emails (2-4 sent per month)
Member-Directed Emails are sent only to active & recent AAI members, and include AAI newsletter and membership renewal notices.

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), mid-page - $30 / month

vertical (dimensions 3:5) left or right edge - $30 / month

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), page bottom - $10 / month

Both General Announcement & Member-Directed Emails

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), mid-page - $50 / month

vertical (dimensions 3:5) left or right edge - $50 / month

horizontal (dimensions 10:3), page bottom - $20 / month

Magazine ads must be photo-ready in electronic form and can be emailed to: secularworld [at] atheistalliance [dot] org.

Website / Email ads can be either a minimum 300dpi image or text, depending on the intent; and emailed to: treasurer [at] atheistalliance [dot] org.

Ad payment may also be sent via post to (cheques in US$ only): 
   AAI Advertising
   Atheist Alliance International
   1777 T Street NW
   Washington, DC 20009-7125 USA


Questions? Email treasurer [at] atheistalliance [dot] org

 

Secular World introduction

Secular World is Atheist Alliance International's quarterly magazine, which reports on atheist/freethought activity around the world.  Secular World is published in both electronic ("ezine") and printed format.

You can see an extract from a recent edition of Secular World here.  Members of Atheist Alliance International can access Secular World online through their member login.