Submit An Article
We want our readers to
submit articles or photos to UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine! Most of our
editorial content each quarter comes from the fleet or the submarine shore
establishment, and we encourage anyone interested in contributing to send
us your work.
To forward an article
or photograph to the magazine, click here.
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 stories in UNDERSEA 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.
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.
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 being depicted.
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.