We are happy to accept submissions for articles and letters to the editor for Spur the New West. We are all about community created content and we welcome submissions. If you have something ready to submit, please review our submission guidelines and use the contact form below to submit.
Please tell us some information about you. If you are submitting an article, please give us a brief bio about yourself (20-40 words), and a brief summary (or abstract) of the article (20-50 words). If you are writing an article or a letter to the editor, please also include your full name, an e-mail address (it will be kept private), and where you live (city or community). If you have a website and would like that published with the article, please include it as well.
Style and Length
For an article, we recommend keeping your word count under 800 – remember that short and to the point has a much bigger impact. If you have something you would like to submit in parts, we will accommodate that. For a letter to the editor, please keep your word count under 300.
We accept articles in most standard formats: Word, OpenOffice, and Google Document formats are all acceptable. You may also submit your articles in plain text. If you are thinking of becoming a regular contributor and would like to write your articles directly in the website (so that you can preview how they look), please register as a user and we can set you up with an author account.
Additionally, here are some things to consider when writing
- When stating a fact that is not common knowledge, try to find a source for your information. Providing links to other sourced articles is acceptable.
- Proofread your article for mistakes before submitting.
- Keep in mind George Orwell’s Remedy of Six Rules when writing:
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
We are interested in articles about urban form, city revitalization, transportation improvements, and economic development in Calgary. We are not looking for articles that fit a particular way of thinking, and we will consider articles about a wider range of topics if applicable.
You can submit articles using the form below: