Author’s Guidelines

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Three Sheets Northwest Author’s Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Three Sheets Northwest, the Pacific Northwest’s most-read local online boating magazine.

Three Sheets Northwest is produced by and for local boaters, both power and sail. We are fortunate to have dedicated and knowledgeable authors who come from a variety of boating backgrounds and experience levels. Whether you are a novice sailor who wants to share your new boating experiences, an old salt who has valuable technical and personal sea stories to impart, a trawler owner with tales of traversing the Inside Passage, or a sailboat racer with a report from the latest regatta, everyone is welcome to submit something to our editors for review.

To help shape your ideas, here are some key topics that appear on TSNW:

    • Destinations: Marinas, towns, cities or villages, islands, anchorages, parks, there are so many great destinations in the Northwest to write about. If you’ve been somewhere that inspires you, send us a story about it.
    • DIY: In many ways, do-it-yourselfers are at the core of our readership because everyone who has a boat has to work on it. If there’s a project you’ve completed that you think other boaters would like to hear about, send it our way.
    • News & Events: If you’ve got a tidbit of local boating news that you’d like to share, please do. And if you’ve been to a local boating event or competed in a race that readers would find interesting, please write it up.
    • Technical: As boaters, we’re always installing and using new gear on our boats with varied levels of success. If you’ve recently installed and tested a piece of equipment, feel free to share how it worked for you and how it could work for others.
    • Boating Life: The boating life is a unique one, especially here in the Northwest, which is a major theme throughout our site. These are broad topic stories that can cover everything from your unique cruising experiences to eating aboard or living in a marina. If it happened on the water, it’s fair game!
    • Anything boating related!: You don’t need to be a cruising boater to submit a story to TSNW. We welcome submissions from kayakers, racers, rowers, standup paddleboarders, fisherman, wooden boat enthusiasts, boating or yacht clubs, and more.

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • Being a small business with a limited budget, we are able to pay a nominal fee per accepted story (please contact us for current rates). Payment will be sent upon publication.
  • Three Sheets Northwest does not claim ownership rights to the content and the author is free to reuse the materials 24 hours after they have been published on our site.
  • When submitting a story, we would like it to be shared in GoogleDocs, emailed as a word doc or sent in the body of an email.
  • Article length is really up to you, but we find that 500 to 1,500 words is the best fit for the readers of our site. Longer stories may work, but they need to be well thought out and refined (we’re happy to help with this if the subject matter is highly appealing).
  • Along with a submission, we also ask that you include at least one image to help illustrate the story — and more is alway better. Images can be attached in an email.
  • Lastly, we kindly ask that you share the posted article via your social media outlets and, if posted to your own website or blog, to add a sentence at the beginning or end stating that the article was originally published on Three Sheets Northwest, including a link to the story on our site.

Also, if you’d like to join our community of syndicated bloggers, feel free to email us a link and a description.

Queries and submissions can be sent to managing editor Andy Cross at andy@threesheetsnw.com.

Skol!