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Mariano Ortiz  in London, England
Latinos in London  on 2013-02-01


Latinos in London Magazine Seeking Contributors

Latinos in London Magazine is looking for contributors. If you believe you can write over 500-word articles on subjects relevant to Latin America, Iberia and the UK and want your opinions to reach over 30,000 readers a month, we have the platform for your opinions to reach the British/Latino masses visiting our websites and receiving our newsletter every day. Our first 100 guest-written articles will be published in a printed hard-back book, to be launched and sold in London.

Guidelines: Amateur/Non-Professional Journalists

TOPICS TO WRITE ON: Latinos in London Magazine offers a social, political and cultural perspective on the fibers that hold together London's Latin American / Iberian community and publishes articles, essays, monographs and reviews related to the various subjects that fall under everything a community as vibrant and diverse as London's Spanish/Portuguese-speaking community can be. With non-professional writers, the last thing we wish to do is put you off by demanding articles on set subjects, but as we all need help at the beginning of any new endeavour, here are some practical ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Our first guest-written article "Speedy Gonzales, The New Face of Virgin Media UK", was submitted by Londoner Joaquin Camacho and based itself on the news that UK internet broadband provider Virgin Media had adopted the Mexican cartoon character as the icon for its new superfast service. Upon the initial submission of the article, we replied to Joaquin asking him to make the article more far-reaching to avoid it being a copy of what most other Media Platforms had published on the same event. His second submission included content which our readers could relate to more personally, namely that Speedy Gonzales was the first encounter with Mexican Culture for many UK children. This then delved into the repercussions of the Mexican stereotype Speedy Gonzales offered to the average non-Mexican. Read the finished article here.

Topics like this and many others are just waiting to be covered and can range from Latin American music bands in London to British-Latino culture clash in mixed race couples, via Portuguese restaurants throughout the capital, politics, religion, language, the story of how you are linked to Latin America/Iberia in London, why a particular family moved to London,  cultural integration, Latino Nightclubs, education, discrimination etc etc etc. 

The possibilities are endless; the only limit is your imagination.


PROSE/WRITING STYLE:
1 – Produce formal, journalistic writing which only narrates in the first person when absolutely necessary and aims for an impersonal, informative style.
2 – Be far-reaching in your writing and include both sides of any argument even if the focus of your piece is a particular opinion (if comparing English and Venezuelan secondary school education systems, do not settle for boldly stating that one or the other is better, but instead strive to present the advantages and disadvantages of both).

PROOF READING/TRANSLATION: Writing mistakes are everyday occurrences; we ourselves make them repeatedly. That is why our trusted editor scrutinizes everything on our website to the smallest detail. Once guest writers submit material, our editor proofreads the entirety of the writing and sends back an annotated review of the material with recommended content, grammar, prose, spelling and punctuation changes. This can repeat itself a number of times until a final edit which both parties agree on is accorded. The article can then be published. Latinos in London Ltd will NEVER publish an article without the original writer’s final permission.

English is not everybody’s mother tongue and we expect to receive numerous articles written in non-fluent English or in plain Portuguese and Spanish. We are here to help you get your writing published and will take full responsibility for translating all content into native-level English. Final translations are submitted to writers for approval. Latinos in London Ltd will NEVER publish an article without the original writer’s final permission.

COMPLEMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEOS: All photographs and videos must be acknowledged at the foot of an article unless they are legally owned by the writer or he/she has express permission to use these without required source acknowledgement. Exceptions to this include open source media like YouTube, Vimeo & Dailymotion and legally acquired stock photos (we can help you with this). Lifting images freely from other websites constitutes copyright infringement and makes you (and us) vulnerable to lawsuits.

LENGTH: over 500 words. If the subject area or writing process conduces writing to go beyond 3,00 words, we may recommend splitting it into a two-piece article or series articles.

REMUNERATION: Amateur/Non-Professional Journalists are not remunerated for contributions but if articles, upon public exposure, are requested for reproduction on other media and/or web platforms, all writers receive 90% of the final sale fee of each piece of writing (if the Evening Standard newspaper is interested in your piece of writing and requests the original/edited version of it a price of £112, you shall receive a payment of £100.80 (cheque/bank transfer) from Latinos in London Ltd on the last working day of the corresponding month.(To be confirmed)

SUBMISSION: We recommend submitting a clear title, subject area and additional summary paragraph of what you intend to write before taking on the task of producing an article at the risk of it not being accepted. Once the go-ahead is given, manuscripts should be submitted electronically in an attached Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document to jobs@latinosinlondon.com , and should include a one-paragraph abstract summary as well as a one-paragraph author bio and full contact information (name, address, phone, fax, and email). Writers who wish to remain anonymous pon magazine publication or utilize pen-names may do so.

REFERENCES/PLAGIARISM: All writing submissions are scrutinized for plagiarism and if found to be unacknowledged copied material will not be published in addition to its author being blacklisted from our contributors list. References in the text should be in the form of endnotes. Bibliographic listings in the endnotes at the end of the document should follow this format:

Books: Gould, S. J. 1993. Bully for Brontosaurus. New York: W.W. Norton.

Chapters in books: Randi, J. 1985. “Astrology is Bunk.” In Smith, R. Pseudoscience. New York: Prometheus.

Articles: Jones, K. 1989. “Does HIV Cause AIDS?” Scientific American, July, pp. 37–45.

WHAT NOT TO SEND US: Any material resembling "advertorial", promotional writing or material that covers a specific organization in an overtly promotional way will not be considered. If your story is about one particular organization or company, try to focus your discussion on the industry as a whole or broaden your coverage to mention other organizations that are doing similar work in the same field. If you wish to contribute an article with a product placement within it, please submit your proposal to advertising@latinosinlondon.com


Guidelines: Professional Journalists

Proof of previously published writing on established British media platforms is required to be considered a contributing professional journalist.

TOPICS: Latinos in London Magazine offers a social, political and cultural perspective on the fibers that hold together London's Latin American / Iberian community and publishes balanced articles, essays, monographs and reviews related to the various subjects that fall under everything a community as vibrant and diverse as London's Spanish/Portuguese-speaking community can be. Subject Range: politics, culture, society, entertainment, arts, immigration/emigration, music, education, medicine, social services, business, religion, race, ethnicity, travel, tourism, nature etc.

PROSE/WRITING STYLE: Formal/Journalistic/Debate/Informative.

PROOF READING/TRANSLATION: Material will be proofread once for mistakes by our editor. One exchange of emails regarding suggested changes with a further reply for original author is permitted. Latinos in London Ltd will NEVER publish an article without the original writer’s final permission.

Articles are expected in native-level English which is reflected in the content’s grammar, prose, punctuation, style and register.

COMPLEMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEOS: Photographs and videos requiring acknowledgement must be processed as per industry standards. Industry standard copyright law to be followed as standard.

LENGTH: 800 words or more. Material exceeding 3,00 words will be recommend for separation into two-piece articles or series articles.

REMUNERATION: Mutually agreed remuneration upon approval of material.

SUBMISSION: We recommend submitting a clear title, subject area and additional summary paragraph of what you intend to write before taking on the task of producing an article at the risk of it not being accepted. Once the go-ahead is given, manuscripts should be submitted electronically in an attached Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document to jobs@latinosinlondon.com , and should include a one-paragraph abstract summary as well as a one-paragraph author bio and full contact information (name, address, phone, fax, and email). Writers who wish to remain anonymous upon magazine publication or utilize pen-names may do so.

REFERENCES/PLAGIARISM: All writing submissions are scrutinized for plagiarism and if found to be unacknowledged copied material will not be published in addition to its author being blacklisted from our contributors list. References in the text should be in the form of endnotes. Bibliographic listings in the endnotes at the end of the document should follow this format:

Books: Gould, S. J. 1993. Bully for Brontosaurus. New York: W.W. Norton.

Chapters in books: Randi, J. 1985. “Astrology is Bunk.” In Smith, R. Pseudoscience. New York: Prometheus.

Articles: Jones, K. 1989. “Does HIV Cause AIDS?” Scientific American, July, pp. 37–45.

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