Submission Guidelines

Brazil Talk welcomes unsolicited submissions by qualified authors who typically have demonstrated expertise on, or strong interest in, the topic they are addressing. We encourage submissions from both well-known and beginning writers, video and audio reporters, photographers and artists. Our articles, feature story, and multimedia content are aimed at a knowledgeable non-specialist audience.

Prospective contributors are invited to acquaint themselves with Brazil Talk’s content when considering whether their submission addresses a relevant topic. Authors should note that Brazil Talk’s mission is to provide an English speaking audience with provocative and analytical commentary on current events and trends in Brazil, thereby giving deeper meaning and context to their coverage.

Prospective contributors should adhere to the following guidelines:

ORIGINAL ARTICLE/FEATURE STORY SUBMISSIONS

Please send your clean final submission to braziltalk@braziltalk.org in a .doc or.docx file. Include your name, contact information and a brief (100 words) biographical note, with embedded hyperlinks to your website, Facebook page, Twitter account etc., if you would like them included, and a high resolution .JPEG of a headshot photo if you would like that included.

The subject line of your email should begin with “SUBMISSION:” followed by your last name and the article title.

All submissions are subject to an editorial review process, proofing and possible headline change. Authors will be consulted if major editing is required. The review and publication process may take as long as four weeks, or exceptionally less time if the topic is time sensitive.

Any submission that does not conform to the formatting and substantive guidelines below may be rejected.

  • The submission must be in English.
  • The submission should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages.
  • The ideal length of a Brazil Talk article is 500-1000 words and feature story, 1000-2000
  • Place only a single space between sentences.
  • Do not indent
  • All dates, times and months must be spelled out, i.e. 01 January 2015 or 31 December 2015, never “last Sunday,” “next week,” “yesterday” etc.
  • Please spell-check your work.
  • Please do not paste photos, graphs or other visuals directly into Word documents with text. Instead, mark in the text where photos should be placed, as follows: [photo 1; caption text; photo credit] and attach visuals as separate files, with corresponding file names. Images should be at least 540 pixels wide and must be submitted in .JPEG or .PNG format. Please only submit original photos, images under fair use, creative commons licenses or images for which you own the publishing rights.
  • We prefer to create graphs in-house, so inclusion of raw data sets is recommended.
  • References must appear as embedded hyperlinks. No footnotes or endnotes. When creating hyperlinks, set them to open in a new window. Please highlight two to five words related to the linked content when you hyperlink.
  • Passages intended for block quoting should be clearly designated. For example, type BLOCKQUOTE in BOLD CAPS above and below the relevant text.
  • Please use subheadlines to break up longer pieces.
  • Please list at least four suggested keywords, separated by commas, above the body of your story.
  • Please send final drafts. Do not submit a file with tracked changes.
  • Your submission should be submitted as a Word .doc or .docx file.

MULTIMEDIA SUBMISSIONS

Brazil Talk welcomes and highly encourages submissions of videos, photo series, audio, infographics, animation etc.

When sending your multimedia content, do not include any attachments. Send us a link (private or password protected if necessary) to your content. If we determine that we wish to use your work, please use this format to submit content:

  • Videos and animations should not be longer than 5 minutes and should be non-compressed and in .MOV or .MP4 format. The maximum upload size is 200 MB.
  • Submissions should be preferably in English, but we also accept videos in other languages with subtitles in English. We prefer to add subtitles in-house for consistency and quality purposes. Authors may consider two options for adding subtitles: (1) submit the English translation of the transcripts with your video and we will embed the subtitles for a fee [US$ 75]; or delegate the entire translation of the transcripts to Brazil Talk for an hourly fee [US$ 100/hour].
  • Photos, images, and infographics should be minimum 540 pixels wide and can be in .JPEG or .PNG format.
  • Audio files should be in MP3 format and may be up to 5 minutes long.

Please send your clean final submission to braziltalk@braziltalk.org. Include your name, contact information and a brief (100 words) biographical note, with embedded hyperlinks to your website, Facebook page, Twitter account etc., if you would like them included, and a high resolution .JPEG of a headshot photo if you would like that included.

The subject line of your email should begin with “SUBMISSION:” followed by your last name and the article title.

All submissions are subject to an editorial review process, proofing and possible headline change. Authors will be consulted if major editing is required. The review and publication process may take as long as four weeks, or exceptionally, less time if the topic is time sensitive.

Any submission that does not conform to the formatting and substantive guidelines below will be rejected.

SOURCES

Human sources must be named (by first and last name) and contextualized. If a source does not agree to be named in print, audio, or video, their name must be provided to the editor, and the article must provide a compelling explanation for the source’s anonymity.

REPRINT SUBMISSIONS

Brazil Talk also republishes work that has appeared elsewhere, as long as you currently hold the rights to republish your work and have permission from the outlet where it has first appeared. If you are submitting an article for republication, please ensure that the subject line of your email begin with “REPRINT:” followed by your last name, the name of the website or publication in which your work originally appeared and the article title. Please also send the original URL in case your work was first published in a website.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS

Please do not submit to Brazil Talk simultaneously with a number of outlets. We want either original and exclusive submissions or reprints.

COPYRIGHT

Please note that any work published by Brazil Talk will be copyright Brazil Talk and no other site may reprint without Brazil Talk‘s explicit and specific permission. Such requests should be directed to braziltalk@braziltalk.org. You will be able to repost the article to your personal site after it appears on Brazil Talk. All reprints must indicate “Copyright, braziltalk.org. Reprinted with permission.”

DISCLAIMER

The information and views set out in articles, videos, graphics, or any published content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Brazil Talk. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the author(s). Neither Brazil Talk nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use that may be made of the information contained therein.

SUBMISSION FEES AND PAYMENT

Brazil Talk is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge for content. Brazil Talk is a small nonprofit organization and unless otherwise stated, it will be assumed that submissions are offered for free. Brazil Talk will not sell any uncompensated author’s work or take any other action that directly results in any private entity or person profiting from any contributing author’s work without compensation to the author.