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Thank you for your interest in writing an article for The Oxford Magazine.

Thank you for your interest in writing an article for The Oxford Magazine.

We are open to receiving content relevant to our audience, like the local life, style, home, garden, food and drink scene in Oxford and across Oxfordshire. But before submitting your piece for publication, we ask that you look at what to write about.

Before you submit a guest post, we also ask that you review the content guidelines we have put in place to ensure a degree of consistency across our website, despite publishing content from many authors and sources.

About our audience

The Oxford Magazine is an online magazine curated for people who live, work and play in Oxfordshire. About 3 out of every 4 people that visit our website are based in Oxford and across Oxfordshire county.

A focus on editorial features

At The Oxford Magazine, we aim for our editorial features to bridge the gap between an entertaining story and straight information.

Recent research shows that editorial features appeal to our reader's interests. These include personal profiles; histories behind events or places, explorations of traditions, hobbies or local commercial concerns, book and movie reviews, as well as local restaurant reviews.

Also of interest is in-depth reporting on a news event that takes a personal angle and goes wide of straight, factual recounting -- a young mother's experience of the lockdown, for example, or a day-in-the-life of a resident facing an insurmountable battle with something or the other.

Here are some other examples of what to write about:

Travel:

A more personal account of events and things to do in the area - could be before or after - to persuade readers to visit, advise the reader on what to do, and to entertain the reader.

Case studies:

Factual accounts of completed projects e.g. interior design, restorations, business start-ups, and such. We want to know the person behind the project, their aspirations, their fears, how they approached the problem, etc.

Fact files:

An in-depth profile that provides vital information about a person, place or event, with a creative descriptive style of writing to inform or educate readers.

Biographies:

An account of a person's life - sportspeople, politicians, celebrities or even people who aren’t well-known, but are making an impact in our local community.

Reviews:

Personal opinion about something - books, events, restaurants, services, experiences, etc. to inform, to describe, to entertain, to analyse, or to advise readers.

In-depth features:

Exploring the issues raised by current affairs and news stories in more depth, with particular reference to the implications for Oxfordshire.

Diaries and personal accounts:

A personal record of events, thoughts and feelings, usually arranged in chronological order. Could be historical or current, but with relevance to Oxfordshire.

Essays:

Long-form essay providing expert analysis of, or opinion on, a subject or topic. Especially one that provides a new, and perhaps local (Oxfordshire-based) perspective, on the subject, or topic.

Good to know

Most features will have a minimum of 300 words but no more than 1,500 words, divided into clear, logical paragraphs with several supporting photos or artefacts.

While we are not averse to publishing long-form content i.e. articles with over 1500 words, we will ask to consider splitting the post into multiple pages, for example, to form a multi-part series.

Disagreement is great, criticism is okay, bashing is not. You may highlight issues with a program run by the council or evaluate the merits and debate around public transportation, but our focus is on informing, educating and entertaining, not tearing down people or issues.

 

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