Peanut Writing Guide

Read the Peanut Writing Guide before submitting a column.

How long must my article be?
Articles must be no less than 500 words in length. Columnists may exceed 500 words at their own discretion. Most columnists will find, however, that the fewer words an idea can be expressed in, the better.

What can I write about?
Columnists at the Peanut may write about anything. This includes short stories, personal essays, informative pieces, cultural commentary, current event pieces, humor, and opinion-editorials. The Peanut at this time will not accept submissions in poetry.

Will I be subject to any content guidelines?
For the most part, no. Peanut Editors reserve the right to edit extreme or unnecessary vulgarity that dilutes the quality of work.

I write humor. How “far” can I go?
Articles that are clearly parody or comedy will be held to a different standard at the Peanut. Most humor writers know when the line between comic and offensive is being crossed.

I am a Blogger. May I recycle past blog entries?
Yes. If you think a past blog entry captures a coherent idea ready for publication, feel free to revise and submit it.

How frequently must I submit an article?
The Peanut will recruit regular Columnists expecting each to contribute one article per month. Columnists may submit additional articles as they see fit. Bulk production of material is discouraged — the Peanut seeks quality over quantity.

May I write a series of articles on the same topic?
Yes. Because the Peanut will launch as an online magazine, we can allocate space for article series. This may be suitable for columnists writing narratives or following a current event, such as an election season.

May I include images with my article submission?
Yes. Articles may be submitted with an image or other supplemental media. Otherwise, articles will be illustrated using samples from Flickr’s Creative Commons or with images taken by staff photographers. The Peanut welcomes cartoons and drawings.

All written material on the Peanut is the property of its contributor and does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Alabama.