Submissions

Do you want to see your name on The Radicle? We are always accepting contributions and ideas from students at the University of Waterloo! Send your submissions (Google doc or Microsoft docx. format) to theuwaterlooradicle@gmail.com.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get an idea! Do you want to write poetry or an informative article on a topic? Do you take photos or make art that you want to share with our community? Do you have an idea for a short story or recurring serial? Whatever it is, we want to see it. As long as it’s by a student, or relates to art, culture and science in the environment broadly or here on campus, it can find a home at the Radicle.
  2. Create your masterpiece! If you’re not sure about what exactly you want to do, or whether it would belong on the Radicle, we’re always happy to discuss it with you. Pretty much anything is game when it comes to visual and creative art, as long as it can be posted online, but written articles and stories do have some formatting and research guidelines that you can check out below. You can reach out to us with questions about submissions at theuwaterlooradicle@gmail.com
  3. Submit it! Once you’re ready, send your finished piece to theuwaterlooradicle@gmail.com to submit it, or just reach out to arrange another way for us to receive it if its not able to be sent in an e-mail. It will be included in the next monthly edition, or if it’s time sensitive or appropriate, posted right away!

Guidelines and Formatting for Written Submissions

General

  • Articles should be about 250-750 words in length.
  • Citations are not necessary, but report only on information from credible sources that you can verify and do not intentionally mislead readers or misrepresent anything. If it makes sense in the article you can use a hyperlink to directly link to the source. 

Images

  • Original photography or graphics should be used as often as possible for articles. 
  • If images must be taken from the internet, ensure they are available for free use. If you can’t guarantee an article is copyright free and available to use – don’t use it!
  • Always include the source of an image with it.
    • In drafts, include the source image and the name of who took it. If it is from the internet, provide a full link to the source.
    • In final, published versions, use a simple source reference in a caption.
      • (PHOTO: The New York Times)

Interviews

  • Begin each interview by asking the interviewee to say and spell their FULL NAME and introduce themselves.
  • Quotes should not be changed in any way that changes their original meaning, but they can be slightly edited for brevity or clarity. For example:
    • Spoken contractions should be written as full words
      • If the interviewee says “I wasn’t able to…” write “I was not able to…”
    • Use ellipses to indicate “skipping” part of a quote
      • If the interviewee says “The event was fantastic! It took me a long time to get there because my bus was delayed then my chain popped off my bike, but when I arrived the party was in full swing and there were hordes of cheerful festival goers” you could quote that as “The event was fantastic! It took me a long time to get there… but when I arrived the party was in full swing and there were hordes of cheerful festival goers”.
    • Use square brackets to indicate you have added a word, typically because you’re picking up halfway through a quote and are providing context. 
      • If the interviewee says in regard to an event “It was a blast!” you could quote this as “[The event] was a blast!”
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