Nonprofit World: Author Guidelines
World welcomes unsolicited manuscripts but asks that you not submit your
manuscript to any other publication until we have looked at it. We will
let you know within a few weeks whether we will use it.
World is aimed primarily at executives, board members, volunteers, and
others who serve nonprofit organizations. Most articles are addressed to
the executive director.
contributing writer to Nonprofit World, perhaps the most significant
benefit you will receive will be excellent exposure to nonprofit executives
throughout the country. Although we are unable to pay our writers, they
feel that the sharing of ideas and the excellent visibility gained are
may be sent via postal or electronic mail to the following address:
P.O. Box 44173-4173
Madison, Wisconsin 53744-4173
Email: Contact the Editor
We publish Nonprofit World quarterly and
are usually working a year ahead, so please be patient with
the length of time it takes for your article to appear in print. We will
first edit your article, then return it to you for your review and
approval, and then begin the process of scheduling it for publication.
Thus, it generally takes about 1 year after submission for a piece
to be published. You are always welcome to e-mail us with
questions about this process, but please realize that the editor may not
be able to give you an exact publication date. This is not a reflection
on the quality of your article.
should be typewritten and single-spaced. They should be saved in
WordPerfect (preferred), text, or rich text - PC format. If at all
possible, please avoid sending them in MS Word format.
If you are
sending your manuscript by postal mail, please include two hard-copy versions
of your manuscript, each on one sided 8-1/2" x 11" paper, plus a
copy on computer disk.
have your articles run approximately 3 to 7 pages single-spaced pages (1,300
to 2,500 words). Use this as a guide, but do not feel constrained by
it. Indent all paragraphs, including those after headings. If
headings are used, begin them at the margin, with space before and after
should be written in the third person (they, it, he or she). Avoid the
use of I ("you" may be used). Avoid sexist language, such as
the use of "man" to represent humanity. It is usually easy to
find some other way of expressing the idea (for instance, "business
leaders" rather than "businessmen"; "chair" or
"committee leader" rather than "chairman"). Avoid the use
of "he" when referring to someone who might be either male or
female. Preferably, use the plural form (instead of "When a manager
makes a plan, he ...," say: "When managers make plans,
they . . .)".
NOT embed graphics, footnotes, or any special formatting codes in the
text. The article should be submitted in straight pure text (no
color, special fonts, etc.) Attach any graphics as separate files. In
text, mention “USE GRAPHIC 1 AROUND HERE.”
Footnotes should be written as straight text at the end of the article,
preceded by FOOTNOTE 1, FOOTNOTE 2, and so on. In the article, simply
write FOOTNOTE 1, FOOTNOTE 2, etc., to indicate where footnotes will go.
you add references or a bibliography, use the full name (first and
last), NOT initials, of the authors cited.
At the end
of the article, write a short biographical sketch about yourself. Be
sure to include your email address after your name in the bio. If you
would like readers to have your address and phone number, include those in the
biographical sketch. If possible, please send a photo of yourself and of
something relevant to the topic.