To forward an article or photograph to the magazine,
To download our 2004 Production Calendar, which includes deadlines
and other production information, click here.
To help better focus your
writing, please consider the following tips…
Readership. While UNDERSEA WARFARE
Magazine’s primary audience is active-duty U.S. Navy submariners,
we also enjoy substantial readership throughout the fleet, among
Washington D.C. decision-makers, and at associated universities
and scientific organizations around the world. In writing for UNDERESEA
WARFARE, feel free to be as technical and thorough as necessary
to tell your story. If you’re writing from the fleet, write
as if you are addressing your entire crew. And if you played a major
role in the topic of discussion – a commanding officer relating
the challenges of a recent deployment, for instance – don’t
hesitate to write in the first person and include your personal
thoughts on the subject.
Feature Articles. Feature stories
WARFARE are normally about 2,500 words
long and focus on the accomplishments, special interests, and/or
history of the U.S. Submarine Force. They cover a wide variety of
topics, from accounts of recent deployments and current operations
– such as Iraqi Freedom – to new training techniques
or modern technologies that will enhance future capabilities. All
submissions should be written as much as possible in the active
voice, with technical descriptions keyed to the average reader and
all acronyms spelled out on first use.
If you think you have a good idea for a feature
article but have questions on how to get started, don’t hesitate
to contact us directly! UNDERSEA
WARFARE’s editorial staff will
work with you to produce a top-quality result that you and your
command will be proud of.
News Articles. Generally shorter
in length than full feature articles (approximately 1,500 words),
news stories focus on specific events in the submarine community,
including the fleet, the shore establishment, and the industrial
and academic organizations that support us. News articles should
cover the entire “who, what, where, when, why, and how”
of timely topics, and if necessary, provide enough background to
put the subject in its proper context.
Downlink Articles. The Downlink
section of the magazine, located in the back pages, offers brief
news articles, photos with extended cutlines, and
the most recent qualifier and award information we receive from
fleet public affairs officers. Downlink articles are generally less
than 500 words long and often focus on “human interest”
stories, significant awards, or other achievements by outstanding
crews or individuals.
Operational Depth. Located on the
back page of the magazine, Operational Depth
is UNDERSEA WARFARE’s
counterpart to an Op/Ed column. We’re looking for brief, insightful
observations by submariners who have something unusual or memorable
to say about life in our close-knit undersea community. This could
be a division officer describing recent achievements in his shop
from his own point of view – or a COB reflecting on what first
made him join the Submarine Force. Operational Depth
is supposed to be somewhat free-form, but the writing should be
focused, personal, and approximately 500-750 words in length.
Navy Artwork. UNDERSEA
WARFARE Magazine reserves the back
cover of each issue to highlight the work of artists, past and present,
who have portrayed the Submarine Force and related activities in
interesting visual ways. We welcome both amateur and professional
submissions, but generally anything sent to us will be retained
for our files.
Photo Requirements. There are two
important things to remember about submitting photos to UNDERSEA
WARFARE: High resolution and full identification.
Color prints – which we can scan – are generally straightforward,
but for digital submissions, we require a resolution of at least
300 dpi at the size the graphic will appear in the magazine. We
also need the full name, rank/rate, and job title of anyone shown
in each photograph, along with a complete description of what is
Also, don’t forget that UNDERSEA
WARFARE co-sponsors an annual photo
contest in conjunction with the Naval Submarine League that offers
cash prizes and automatic publication in the magazine! For more
information, look here.
To submit your written work or photos to UNDERSEA
WARFARE Magazine, click here.