Article length: no longer than 250 words. A few exceptions will be made,
but only with prior approval of the editor. Only send basic text; do not format.
Include your contact information in case we need to clarify
content. We reserve the right to reject any article that is not in a
Unitarian Universalist spirit.
If you have specific formatting requests, please put them at the
beginning of the article in brackets . The editor will do his or her
best to accommodate you. Templates (such as you would find in Word or
Excel) will not be accepted. Consider using bold and italics to attract
the readers' eye.
All articles must be submitted to the newsletter editor, Jennifer
by noon on the
third Tuesday of the month. (Some months it will be the 2nd Tuesday.
Check the calendar!) Articles submitted
after the deadline will be held for the next issue.
Graphics, pictures, and clip art need to be attachments and NOT imbedded
in the text document. It is extremely difficult and time consuming to
extract them. So, for example, if you have a text document and a picture,
you will have two attachments to your email and not just one.
Inserts will be at a minimum. We always have the calendar/BUUF Works.
And Adult RE has a semi-annual course catalog. Additional inserts will not be accepted
in the months of September & January when the Adult RE insert is
Helpful Hints for Writing & Submitting Articles
Be sure the article answers the basic questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Center your article on the readers' question, "What does this mean to
me?" or, more crudely, "Why do I care?" Keep your article as people
oriented as possible.
Use active voice.
"Ushers collected the offering." rather than
"The offering was collected by the ushers."
Is this timely? Is this the best place for this information? If
it a committee report, for example, could you submit 50 words
about the report & then refer interested readers to another location
to read the entire report?
The summer months are a great time to give thanks to those who have
worked hard. There is more space in those issues (especially July and
August) to put just a little more detail about the good deeds or
projects people take on during the year.
Regular Columns & Section Headings
The following columns/section headings are included most issues. Those
marked with an * are in every issue. Other material is included on a
space available basis:
Sunday Services list*
RE Director's Column*
RE Announcements & articles*
BUUF Music Notes*
BUUF Activities & Events
PNWD & UUA
If there is not an item for a particular section, that heading will be
left out of that issue. Not every section will have items in it every
issue. The editor makes the determination where a particular article or
item shall be placed.