WorldView Submission Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in submitting material for WorldView magazine.
We publish solicited articles on a variety of themes related to the Peace Corps experience within global development efforts, reporting on life as it is lived in the developing world, the impact of an expanding network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers working for the greater good in the United States and in the developing world, and advocating continued growth of the U.S. Peace Corps.
Length and Style
Most departments will consider 800 to 1,200 words. We generally follow Associated Press writing style and punctuation but capitalize the term “Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.”
In the document title, type your last name, a subject, and date of submission (example: SMITH.GUINEA.04.21.19). At the end of your text, include personal information such as your relationship to the story. If you served in Peace Corps, identify your country, town, project, and years of service and, if different and relevant, your current location and activity. Email all materials to WorldView editor Steven Saum at email@example.com.
Manuscript format texts in Word-compatible documents should be attached to an email. Remove hyperlinks and write out URLs. Include your name, postal address, a telephone contact, the word length, and a suggested title with your manuscript.
All digital images should be high resolution of about 300 dots per inch or dpi. Attach them as .jpg or .tiff files in your email message but separately from the Word document manuscript. Please do not embed photographs in the Word document. At the bottom of your text submission, include who took the photographs and identify the place and people in the photographs.
Brief proposals or full draft articles intended for any of the following departments should be sent to WorldView editor Steven Saum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culture Notes describes personal experiences of those encountering the challenges of new cultural, economic, and social conditions typically experienced entering new countries. They are most often written by Peace Corps Volunteers overseas or by returned Peace Corps Volunteers working in developing countries for non-government organizations.
Case Studies reports on personal or group efforts to perform measurable development achievements of service in a wide range of communities either in developing countries or the United States. They are usually written by serving Peace Corps Volunteers, returned Peace Corps Volunteers working in developing groups, or NPCA affiliate groups engaged in global education and community development activities at home or in developing countries.
Field Notes presents a variety of experiences that describe people and cultures less familiar to the typical U.S. reader as they travel and work in unusual or distant places.
Profiles highlight an outstanding member of the greater Peace Corps community who continues to make a significant impact. The article should be based on multiple sources.
Travel offers a first-hand account of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Pacific that describes an intimate social and cultural engagement with people, communities, and landscapes of remote places in the world. Focus on extreme adventure, exotic travel, sports, food, and other topics are welcome, but understanding and empathy for the community is essential. Include web addresses of any recommended services.
Letters comment in 150 words or less recently published WorldView articles or issues relevant to the Peace Corps community. Letters may be edited and will require sender’s approval.
Opinion offers personal views regarding human development issues, U.S. foreign policy, or other Peace Corps-related concerns.
Achievements reflects on recent personal professional accomplishments or community honors of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Please include photographs and email and telephone of contacts.
Book Locker details excerpts from a book of fiction or nonfiction by a Peace Corps writer, or from a book set in or about a Peace Corps country.
Gallery One is a set of high-quality photographs or works of art from a specific country or community. High resolution digital images at 300 pixels per inch should be submitted with a photo credit and sufficient information for a photo caption.
Features in a Narrative Style
Some departments of the magazine offer contributors the opportunity to use story-telling devices such as descriptions of persons, places, or events that discreetly show personalities, villages, and landscapes and engage the reader in the story. Recreating conversations with formal or informal dialogue is helpful if using actual line-by-line, he-said she-said dialogue or paraphrasing the conversation with greater clarity and concision. Carefully selected details of structures, climate, street scenes, facial expressions, etc. that are unique to the place are also helpful. These details lend credibility to the narrative and tell personal stories of the people that surround the writer, recreate the humor or drama of an events and—above all—offer a story structure that has a point to make, such as what went wrong in the town, something that changed the place or the turning point in a major character in the town. In most cases, the author is an observer and reporter and not the central character.
Articles on Speculation
We also welcome proposals or completed manuscripts submitted on speculation. Topics must be relevant to our diverse and discriminating readership. We seek opinions and essays as well as first-person narratives incorporating story-telling techniques that demonstrate the impact of the Peace Corps experience and engage our worldly readership on policy as well as personal experiences.
Unsolicited articles should reflect the author’s expertise on an issue or recent first-hand experience that demonstrates a grassroots familiarity with communities in the developing world. Our articles highlight the transformative nature of the Peace Corps experience. We also examine how former Volunteers continue to make a difference in the United States and around the world.
We do not pay fees for published material. Most articles are written by members of the greater Peace Corps community. Serving Peace Corps Volunteers may wish to seek the approval of their country director before sending material to WorldView.
Materials considered for publication may be edited in collaboration with the author. We reserve the right to delay or not publish at any time. Selected printed articles may appear online at www.peacecorpsconnect.org/worldview-magazine after quarterly publication. We copyright all material in each printed issue, however copyright remains with the writer, artist, or photographer.