Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The Lake Forest Park Digital Town Center aims to provide the residents of Lake Forest Park with local events, news, history and opinion. The writing is incisive, the features are engaging, and the opinions are opinionated. We work with volunteer writers, contributing editors, and columnists to keep our readers informed about what’s going on in Lake Forest Park.

Contributors

The Digital Town Center has three kinds of primary contributors:

  • Authors contribute a single article for a thematic series or a stand-alone article, as arranged with the managing editor. See below for submission details.
  • Contributing editors have regular LFP Digital Town Center columns and are selected by their LFPWA.ORG section or committee to manage the column.
  • Columnists are regular writers for LFP Digital Town Center opinion section. We circulate a call for columnists each year and select opinion writers from the proposal submissions.

 

Content types

In Focus

Thematic series, feature articles, commentary, photo essays, notes from the field. 200–1,600 words. For photo essays, 1–4 high resolution images and a 100 word introductory essay.

Our In Focus feature articles are rooted in historical research and written for a broad audience. We aim for engaging, clear writing, with short citations and no footnotes.

Send editor@lfpwa.org a proposal that includes:

  1. A 50-word pitch. Can you tell us the main point of your story in a few sentences?
  2. A 30 word author bio.

The managing editor will be in touch to discuss your proposal. All In Focus pieces go through a developmental edit process before publication.

We also welcome proposals for thematic series. If you’re interested in curating a series for Digital Town Center, please email us with your idea at editor@lfpwa.org.

Opinion

Regular pieces by Digital Town Center opinion columnists who sign up to write on current topics in city governance, historical perspectives and local events. If you would like to be an opinion columnist for Digital Town Center please keep an eye out for our annual call for proposals in the fall of 2018. We also welcome proposals for single contribution opinion pieces. 500 words. 

Send editor@lfpwa.org a proposal that includes:

  1. A 50-word pitch. Can you tell us the main point of your story in a few sentences?
  2. A 30 word author bio.

The managing editor will be in touch to discuss your proposal. All opinion pieces go through a developmental edit process before publication.

 

Section News

News and feature articles from the Digital Town Center sections.

  • Historical Perspectives
  • Civic Activities
  • City Government
  • Transportation

In Memoriam

Death notices for members of the community. Digital Town Center is a vehicle for information about deaths of our neighbors. Please notify the Digital Town Center editor editor@lfpwa.org as soon as you learn of a death so we can locate an author and schedule a tribute for publication. 200 words are always enhanced by a photo (jpeg preferred). Please check facts with the deceased’s family and colleagues prior to submission.

Book Reviews

Reviews of books that deal with small city governance and city fiscal management.

Profile

Illustrated profiles highlighting community members, their work, and their career paths.

Digital Town Center Calendar

If you have an event, field school, call for papers, or other call for proposals to announce, it can be added to the Digital Town Center Events Calendar via E-mail editor@lfpwa.org with the details of your event or call. The Digital Town Center also publicizes these announcements through related social media accounts.

Letters to the Editor

Please send to the managing editor. 500 words or less.