8 Tips for Submitting to Nucleus
1. Proofread your content
We proofread your content too, but to make sure you are sending us top-quality content it is always best to proofread and edit your submissions.
If possible, have someone else review it too. There are heaps of great tools to make this easier, including Grammarly, and Hemingway. Both of these web apps that will highlight spelling, grammatical issues, and give you tips to make your writing more engaging for the Nucleus readers. The best thing about those apps? They’re free!
2. Write what you know
The best writing you produce will be when you are passionate.
Whether that is current events around the university, what you are currently studying, or a hobby you think other students may share. While the editorial team can help you find a topic to write about, it will always be easier to write about something you love. Have an idea you are passionate about but not sure it fits within the Nucleus? Email us, tell us what you are working on, and we can help you find an angle that will interest other students.
3. Don’t be afraid to submit
“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.”
Don’t be afraid to send us your work.
As terrifying as it can be to bear your soul to the entire student body in your writing, knowing your work is out there and being read by your fellow students is a great payoff for all the fear. We are all students, and we all know how intimidating it can be to submit something, especially pieces that reflect your true feelings. And because of this, we as editors promise not to judge you, or your submission. We’ll only ever give you honest, truthful and constructive feedback, and we do our absolute best to stay objective.
4. Don’t be afraid to submit (again).
So your last submission didn’t get published; that happens sometimes.
Sometimes a piece does not fit with the theme, or it isn’t appropriate, or something topical and timely needs to take its place. This is not a reflection of you or your writing skills. There is only so much content the editors can fit into a single edition, and while we do our best to include everyone, this is not always possible. If you submit, and it doesn’t get published, don’t be afraid to submit it again, or a submit a new piece. Don’t be afraid to ask the editors for advice or feedback on how you can edit or improve your submission to increase the chances of getting it published in the Nucleus.
5. Stick to the word counts (as much as you can).
In the submission guide (and updated from time to time) is a quick guide on how many words your articles should be.
As a rough guide, we ask for submissions to be between 400 and 900 words. Longer submissions, if they are particularly relevant to students, may be included occasionally, and shorter submissions will be accepted (though sometimes these are best directed as letters to the editors). The closer you are to the required word count, the more likely we will be able to include your article in the edition you have submitted to.
6. Keep it Relevant
Keep your submission relevant to the theme, and to your fellow students.
As Nucleus is a magazine for students, by students, your submission will need to be something that students want to read. This sounds a little restrictive, we know, but remember just how diverse the students of the University of New England (and their interests) are, and it’s not really a restriction at all. Again, if you are unsure whether students will be interested, you can always email the editors.
7. Sign up to the contributors mailing list
All editions have a submission deadline, and because we need to get the edition edited, designed and printed, these deadlines are not very flexible.
If you are thinking of contributing, we have a mailing list you can sign up for here. If you sign up, we’ll send you emails to remind you of the next editions submission deadlines. We’ll even send a few tips and more information about the edition theme. Of course, if you get tired of our emails, you can unsubscribe at any time.
8. Keep in touch with the editors
Follow Nucleus on facebook; join the mailing list; send us emails; drop in and visit us at the Student Media Hub; send us an anonymous message through the website (where you can leave the email box blank and enter a pseudonym); say “Hi!” when you see us around campus, in town, or ordering pizza on a Monday night because we are trying to finish assignments and finding any sort of nutritious food is just too difficult.
We are students, just like you—so don’t be scared to tell us exactly what you think. We want this to be your magazine; we want to know when you think we are wrong; we want to hear what we can do to improve your magazine! In fact, up until the 11th of August, there is a survey running where you can anonymously send us your true feelings. The highlights of the survey results will be included in the next edition, and even after the survey closes, you can send us your thoughts at any time.