Guidelines

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Writing Guidelines
What written work does Blueprint publish?

We’re generally open to whatever ideas for content you may have. Surprise us. If you’re looking for a harder answer, written work for Blueprint is divided into two general categories:

  • Literature Short fiction, essays, and editorials that are imaginative, engaging, as well as relevant to the issue.
  • Poetry Poetry of all styles is welcome, but we expect excellence and thoughtful attention to the engagement of issue themes.

Please send all written work in DOC format to submissions@blueprintmagazine.ca

Word Limits

Given the bizarre but fascinatingly thin line between poetry and prose, we have labelled them thus, and understand that some works play with this line and flagrantly disregard it. If your concrete poetry, prose poem, or other creation doesn’t fit nicely within these distinctions, feel free send it our way to challenge our understanding of the written word!

There are no word limits (minimum or maximum) for submitted pieces, but space in the print edition is limited. Please limit the submission of excessively long pieces and try to keep your submissions to approximately 1500 words. Pieces longer than this must be of high quality to be printed in full; otherwise, they will likely be edited down or placed exclusively on our website.

If your piece is longer than 1500 words, please send us two drafts of your piece – a draft at the original length, and an edited version around the 1500 word mark. If your piece is chosen for publication, the version that is printed will be dependent on the amount of space available in the magazine and the quality of your submission.


Art & Photography Guidelines
What images does Blueprint publish?

We look for creative, engaging images that are relevant to the theme presented. Previously, Blueprint has published photographs, photo essays, paintings, sketches, collages, designs, comic strips and more. Look through past issues to see what kind of images we print, but in general terms, we’re pretty much open to any ideas you may have.

Image Specifications
  • Send all images to submissions@blueprintmagazine.ca.
  • Send all images in the largest size and resolution you have available. Images that are at least 8½ by 11 inches and high resolution (300dpi) are preferred.
  • Small and/or low-resolution images are welcome for submission, but note that if selected they will be printed in black-and-white.
  • Images should be sent in an easily readable format – JPG or TIFF preferred.
  • Images should not be watermarked.
Sending Your Image
  • Please include a brief caption or description with your image. Though the description itself may not be published in the magazine, it will give us some context if we choose publish it.
  • Digital files or copies are the only accepted method of submission for images. Due to liability issues, we will not accept originals.
  • Arrangements can be made to include images that cannot be sent via e-mail; contact us for such concerns.

Cover

For each issue, we seek out an artist or photographer to create a front cover. If you are interested in designing an issue cover, please send a link to an online portfolio or three examples of previous works to editor@blueprintmagazine.ca. If there is a specific issue you would be interested in working on, please include a brief concept for the cover you would like to design.


Frequently Asked Questions
How does Blueprint’s open submission call work?
Each month, we present a theme focused around a given issue or topic. Contributors create writing and images based around this theme, which is mailed to submissions@blueprintmagazine.ca, which in turn becomes compiled by Blueprint’s management team into the magazine.

 

Who can contribute to Blueprint?
Anyone! Everything you see in the magazine was created by freelancing students and community members. Getting printed is as simple as sending your work in. And though we are a student-run publication, submissions from non-students and non-Laurier students are more than welcome.

What can I contribute?
For detailed information on submissions, please refer the headings above.

Will you accept [insert idea here] as a submission?
Blueprint will not publish product or event reviews, academic theses, bad rants, or celebrity profiles. Aside from that, we’re pretty much open to whatever ideas you may have for submissions. You don’t have to “pitch” an idea to us – just send it in and we’ll consider it for inclusion in the magazine.

It’s past the submission deadline. Can I still send my submission?
We sometimes have room for last minute submissions in the print edition, so it’s worth it to at least send your piece in. Late submissions received before the issue hits the stands will also be considered for inclusion on the website. That being said, please always get your submissions to us as soon as you can!

Why was my submission not published?
If your submission is not published, don’t be discouraged. The high number of submissions we receive, combined with the limited number of pages we have to fill, means that only so many articles can make it in. Quality is only one of the many factors that go into the selection process; we look for pieces that balance one another so that many perspectives are covered. If you would like to discuss a submission, inquire as to why a submission was not published or ask for tips to improve future submissions, do not hesitate to contact editor@blueprintmagazine.ca.

I’m a professional writer/photographer/illustrator. Will you pay me for my work?
Sorry, but no. Though we accept submissions from professionals, we do not take requests for commission work.

Why was something edited or changed in my submission?
When submitting anything to Blueprint, you are agreeing to our editing process. Submissions are copyedited for punctuation, grammar, spelling, and flow. Titles may also be changed or altered for layout design or stylistic reasons. Changes are usually minor and done with the utmost respect for the work and author. If you wish to discuss any changes made to your piece please contact editor@blueprintmagazine.ca.

I have a question that isn’t frequently asked.
Email editor@blueprintmagazine.ca and we’ll help you out.

Note that in contributing to Blueprint, you agree to abide by the WLUSP Code of Conduct.