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Contributor FAQ2018-08-31T06:45:51+00:00

Publishing Your Articles with Amarantine

Amarantine publishes a magazine every two months i.e. six a year, and is looking for two types of contributors – regular contributors who will publish at least one article in every publication and ad-hoc contributors who will publish occasionally on an ad-hoc basis. Whichever type of contributors, these publishing guidelines will apply to you.

To apply to join the team of contributors, please complete the form below.

Amarantine is published on the last Sunday of the month prior to the publishing month (which is the following month), and to prepare for the publication, we do have a published publication schedule along with the publishing guidelines.

There is a focus to each magazine which is published on the publication schedule, and each contributor agrees to write their articles to suit the focus, and may also select to publish in one or more of the following sections:

  • one-off article sharing information about the topic of the magazine.
  • series of articles supporting the topic of each magazine as part of the series.
  • educational.

Amarantine will provide each regular contributor with promotions on the website, including a biography web page.

The regular contributors web page will allow for a full biography, photograph, business name (if appropriate), a contact form allowing for direct contact to the contributor, and a photograph. Books, webinars, etc. written and published by the contributor may also be included. A link to the publications in which the contributors are published will also be included.

Amarantine provides each contributor with a quarter-page classified colour advert promoting their services and/or products in each issue in which they have an article published. The advert must be created in line with the advertising guidelines, and will be placed in a prominent position in the classified adverts.

Amarantine will promote each contributor as part of their standard marketing and social media campaigns.

Each article will include the contributors photograph, name, their copyright, 100 words of description, and a link to their biography page.

You do not have to be known, or to have written before, to be included as an Amarantine contributor.  What is expected is that you know a lot about the subject you have chosen to write about.

As an approved Amarantine contributor you have agreed to follow these publishing guidelines:

    1. All articles written by the contributor are credited to that person.
    2. Copyright remains with the contributor though we reserve the right to edit the article in keeping with Amarantine style. We also reserve the right to refer to or use any articles in any medium.
    3. Article length is no less than 500 words and no more than 2,000. The Editor may edit, shorten or lengthen your article for publication. However, if the overall article is longer and the message will be lost if edited, then then Editor will refer back to the contributor for rewriting.
    4. The Editor has the right to accept or reject any article.
      When selecting which articles to publish, the Editor will make the final decision entirely at their discretion with preference will be given to the regular writers.  The Editor, and the Technical Editor have the right to layout the magazine in a format that meets with the Amarantine publication style.
    5. All articles must be in keeping with Amarantine’s publication style.
    6. Articles are preferred to be written in standard journalistic style following the Code of Ethics defined by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) – Another useful link is
    7. As the audience is international and we are aware of interpretation issues, we encourage short sentences.
    8. In relation to point 3, the Editor where appropriate/necessary may assist with proof reading.  Please let the Editor know in advance if you require assistance.
    9. Our editorial process is robust and we don’t often ask for re-writes unless there is something that the Editor determines needs to be re-written.
    10. Where you have selected to incorporate a quote or use an image, as part of your submission of your article, you must confirm that you have used the quote accurately and submit your written permission to use the image(s).  Use of submitted images is entirely at Amarantine’s discretion.
    11. Each article will be attributed to the contributor by means of displaying the contributors photograph, name, their copyright, 100 words of description, and a link to their biography page.  The contributor is responsible for providing this information; as well as notifying Amarantine when it needs to be updated.
    12. Amarantine uses UK English as a standard.
    13. Amarantine will accept articles written in other languages where a translation is provided in English as well.  We will include a link from the magazine to your original language article published privately on
    14. Please be aware that although this magazine is published in English, people whose first language is not English will be reading it too.  Therefore, we suggest that you be aware of the colloquialisms (a local or regional dialect expression) that you might include.  This is also true of industry terminology.  If you feel that you need to use a word or words that may not be understood by all the readers, please put in a glossary or an explanation.
    15. Articles must relate to the topic of the publication.
    16. Articles that appear to be of an advertising nature will not be published. The article you write is not a sales advert but an article about the topic you know in-depth. You must demonstrate your knowledge in the article.
    17. If you are writing about a well-documented topic, think about a new angle, a new insight, or a new argument.
    18. Plagiarism isn’t acceptable and as such isn’t allowed in Amarantine. The contributor is responsible for ensuring that all articles are free of copyright or any other rights held by third parties, and as such accepts full responsibility and liability in case of plagiarism.
    19. Amarantine is a magazine for everyone involved in the Personal and Professional Development world, as well as to the buying public of the personal and professional development services.  Therefore, it is important that you not only share information but also explain your rationale or thinking in your writing.  Case studies are beneficial as they demonstrate the real use of the topic of your article.  Where a case study is referenced, the reference to the case study must be supplied for credit.  Where you are building a new case study in your article, the supporting information must be provided to Amarantine for credit.
    20. Readers are busy people.  If you don’t capture their interest right away they will turn over the page.  See point 6 above for guidelines.
    21. Although there is no maximum number of articles that we can include in Amarantine, relating to point 4 above; the Editor may select to reject an article or select to print it at a later date.
      Often the reason for turning away an article is that it is not distinct enough from other articles that have been written on the same topic.
    22. Each article must be unique.  Although we accept that a lot of information is shared and that you may have used the information in other articles; we prefer not print articles that have been printed elsewhere – magazine, book, blog, social media, etc.
    23. This is your chance to promote yourself and build your own following.
    24. Each contributor will be provided access to the Amarantine’s Shared Drive to upload your article and any other relevant information, images, approval notices, etc.

These guidelines are subject to change at any time without notice.  It is your responsibility to be aware of the Amarantine Publishing Guidelines.

Articles must be submitted in the following format:

  1. using MS Word format (or a mobile version of MS Word)
    (if you do not use MS Word, please let us know as part of your submission).

    • using UK A4 size pages
    • written using Arial
    • with a font size of 11
    • with single line spacing
    • and paragraph style set to ‘justified’.
  2. title of the article
    • written using Arial Rounded MT Bold
    • with a font size of 14
    • with single line spacing
    • and paragraph style set to ‘centralised’.
  3. Sub-titles
    • written using Arial bold
    • with a font size of 12
    • with single line spacing
    • and paragraph style set to ‘justified’.
  4. Articles and all and any other relevant information, images, approval notices, etc. will be uploaded to the Amarantine’s Google Shared Drive.

Amarantine will support you using a promotional summary in an essay format of your most important highlights.

Your biography is not a Curriculum Vitae or a Resume, both of which are usually used to find you a position within a commercial organisation.  Your biography is what you can use to encourage Amarantine readers to read your articles, connect with you through social media, and support you in your business endeavours by buying either your products or services.  Having said that, your biography is not an advert.  It is a short overview of you, specifically supporting the area in which you are writing, without providing specific dates and duties to support your expertise in this area.  It must be a compelling story and include your compelling achievements.  It is not a job interview, so it can be written informally and with interest.

Amarantine will publish your head and shoulders photograph (a square photograph with a minimum of 600dpi), your introduction (biography), your company name (and logo), your qualifications, accreditations, credentials, awards, as well as providing a contact form for interested people to contact you directly.  For spam reasons, Amarantine will not publish your email address, contact address, or web address.

Each biography will be proof read and approved by Amarantine’s Editor before it is published.

Amarantine is published on the last Saturday of every second month, and each contributor must manage their own time to allow them to submit their article(s) within the publishing deadline.

To prepare for the publication we do have a publication schedule and publishing guidelines.  We are looking for individuals and representatives of organisations who will write articles on a regular basis to join the team of contributors.  Regular means one article in every issue.

To apply to be an article contributor with Amarantine, please read the Publishing Guidelines and complete the application form.  The Editor will receive your application and contact you within 7 days.

Being accepted to join our team of contributor’s means that you have (1) confirmed your regularity and (2) accepted the published schedule below and guidelines.

We accept guest contributors who may wish to publish either only one article or articles on an ad hoc basis.

  • Article submission deadline: 16th March, 2018
  • Advertising submission deadline: 23rd March, 2018
  • Press Release: 21st April, 2018
  • Publication date: 28th April, 2018

Help your readers manage their expectations so that they can’t be disappointed. Most of us will have heard ‘manage your expectations’ or a similar line at some point, and it’s true. Life becomes a lot easier when your expectations of life in general aren’t too high, when others don’t expect too much from you, and when you don’t expect too much from yourself or others either. But that surely is easier said than done! And to complicate things further; don’t we all need some level of expectation to make life interesting and worth living? Or does this differ in other cultures or per generation? These questions and more will be answered by you in this issue of Amarantine.

  • Article submission deadline: 18th May, 2018
  • Advertising submission deadline: 25th May, 2018
  • Press Release: 23rd June, 2018
  • Publication date: 30th June, 2018

When we are about 5 years old, we will start to think about what we want to be when we grow up. This theme will then continue throughout our childhood and adolescent years, as we make choices for our education and work hard towards becoming whatever we aspire to become. But isn’t life what happens to us whilst we were making other plans? Sooner or later, most of us will come to a point where we want to reflect on what we have actually become and achieved, and more often than not we may conclude that this quite different from what we had envisioned all those years ago. Are you living the life of your dreams? This issue of Amarantine will inspire you to life your perfect life!

  • Article submission deadline: 13th July, 2018
  • Advertising submission deadline: 20th July, 2018
  • Press Release: 18th August, 2018
  • Publication date: 25th August, 2018

Do you have any of those dreams that may seem far off, but still, you hope that one day they will come true? Maybe someday you want to start your own business, climb the Kilimanjaro, publish a book, or make a cruise around the world? Big dreams like that can be inspirational as we dream away by the perfect picture of such an adventure in our minds. And it can also be daunting and frustrating, as they seem so far away and how can we ever get to really live our dream? This issue of Amarantine will inspire you as to how you can make this happen, eventually!

  • Article submission deadline: 14th September, 2018
  • Advertising submission deadline: 21st September, 2018
  • Press Release: 20th October, 2018
  • Publication date: 27th October, 2018

Year end, in the Western world at least, is usually a time to reflect on where we are, what we have achieved and what will be our new year’s resolutions. But what has it brought you? Have you ever actually moved forward as a result? Or do you, as in previous years, have to conclude that your new year’s resolutions will have to be the same as last years? If yes, then don’t worry, you aren’t alone in that! And that’s why this issue of Amarantine will provide you with some helpful insights and tools to get more out of this process this year!

Join the team application form

Whether you have experience in writing or not, the Amarantine Editor would like to receive your application. As part of your application you will be asked to send in a biography, photograph, and your first article to the Editor. Your article will be read and you will be provided with feedback. At the same time, we will let you know if you have been successful in joining our team of contributors.

Being accepted in the team of contributors means that you have (1) confirmed that you will write for every publication or how often you will write on an ad-hoc basis, and (2) accepted the publishing schedule and the publishing guidelines defined on this site.

You don’t have to be known to be included in the magazine. If you know a lot about the subject you want to write about, then you need to follow these guidelines for submitting your article.

All fields are required unless otherwise stated.

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