We except submissions from anyone knowledgeable about Celtic and related cultures, such as Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Norman. We understand the term Celtic is sometimes used loosely, though we focus on the Six Celtic Nations of Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Wales, along with articles we've featured from Poland, Austria, Romania, Germany, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the U.S.
So far, we have had the involvement of people from fifteen different countries, including Celtic music features from Austria, Romania, Canada, Wales and more. We've helped folks from as far away, culturally, as South Africa and South America. So our tales, in essence, are set around Celtic culture, but reach out to wherever its influence has been felt, or to cultures which dramatically affected the Celts.
We offer no compensation for articles, photos or illustrations. Our contributors do so through the kindness of their hearts and through their love of Celtic culture. We do offer appropriate ad space, based on the extent of the contribution, not as an equal-value trade, but rather to lead our readers to more creative efforts by the contributor. Think of it as another informative offering from the Celtic Guide to its readers.
Articles should fall between 500 and 2000 words. Footnotes and endnotes are not necessary, but are used if provided. Images submitted with articles should be of high digital quality. We try to have every published image meet the standard of an RGB JPEG file at 200 dpi for the final size. Single column images are 3.16 inches wide. Double column images are 6.5 inches. If your image exceeds these parameters, we can always adjust. If it is below the DPI level, we will do our best to improve upon it, with no promises.
Please send the source for your image (such as "Wikipedia user Seamus" or "Public Domain"). Images that are not public domain or do not have permission-to-use status should not be submitted, if possible. If you are unsure, send the image anyway and we'll sort it out.
We offer tips on this page for authors to be able to submit the best story. One quick tool, available free, is a grammar and spellchecker to be found at: http://www.reverso.net/spell-checker/english-spelling-grammar/
We publish completely in the English language, with foreign words used often and placed in italics, and we typically use U.S. date structure (example February 2, 1950). However, we do try to keep European/Canadian spelling where submitted (examples: harbour, colours). We edit only to present the best grammar or continuity. Every issue is professionally proofread.
Some common errors we make ourselves and see in other submissions are:
• In most cases, stand-alone nouns like captain, clan, king, and other such designations are not to be capitalized unless referring to a specific entity, for instance King James, Clan Donald, Captain Jack. "The Captain set sail," would not be correct. "The captain set sail," would be.
• Some tricky words that catch us all from time to time are – their, they're and there; or we're, where, were. Double check that you've used the correct version for the meaning you wish to imply.
• At times we see sentences that run on, using semi-colons, colons, commas, or the word "and", where, instead, they could be separated into two sentences. For example – "The warrior reached the top of the hill, he noticed the enemy in the field below," would better read "The warrior reached the top of the hill. He noticed the enemy in the field below," or "The warrior reached the top of the hill where he noticed the enemy in the field below."
More tips will be posted. Feel free to send us your own best tips through our contact form.