Submissions and Guidelines



Article Contributions – Our number one goal is to make sure our readers are invigorated mentally and visually by our content. Entertaining while fuelling and maintaining pride is our mandate. If you would like to contribute to, we welcome writers looking to contribute at least twice a month. Neri accepts original manuscripts by both published and new writers that appeal to our readers. We are also open to sharing previously published work, fit into the website categories listed below;


Activism ~ More than protests. How and where are voices being heard?


Health & Beauty ~ Inner and outer beauty regimes, alternative and mainstream health and medicine.


Showbiz ~ Entertainment, Music, Film, Dance, Sports topics local and global.


Travel ~ Where are we going? What’s to see, do and experience?


Black Art ~ The artists, their world and work.


Professionals & Business Moguls ~ Unique business concepts. Engaging professionals and entrepreneurs.


Style & Fashion ~ Trends and classics from the streets to the runways. Details from the forefront.


Live-Love-Learn  ~ Personal growth, Life lessons, Trials, motivation and spirituality topics.


The word count for all submissions should not exceed 750 words. The preferred procedure for submitting material is by email: editor [@] Describe your subject matter, angle and illustration material. Images for the initial query can be low-resolution digital files.


Neri’s re-posting policy – Re-posts of content from other websites are allowed if they are still relevant and the content is not outdated. Original content submitted to may not be submitted to another blog or online publication until 6 months after the original post.  A link to the original article on may be posted on another blog or online publication.  We encourage contributors to heavily promote their Neri submissions on social media.


Linking policy – Promotional links are permitted in your article submissions if they point to educational content that helps teach the reader more about the article’s topic. Generally there can be no more than three of such links per article. Blatant link bait is not permitted.


Photos submission guidelines – Please supply sharp, well-exposed photos. We do not accept unsolicited digital photos. Include the name of the individual(s) in the photo if necessary or a brief description of the photo, your name, and your email address.

Writers supply illustrations for their manuscripts. Writers must obtain all permissions for the use of photographs or other images. Permissions fees will be reimbursed only with prior approval from We accept digital images only. Digital images must conform to the following minimum specifications:

  • 300 dpi
  • PDF or JPEG format
  • Please email the editorial team at editor@https://https:// for instructions on sending large files. Please do not email files larger than 2MB.
  • Include a MS Word document listing the image file names with caption information and photo credits for each image.


Text Formatting Guidelines

  1. Submit manuscripts electronically as Microsoft Word documents attached to an e-mail message. Please provide photos. See photo guidelines for further information.
  2. Use Times New Roman 12-point font, 1.5 spaced. All text should be left-justified.
  3. Use one space (not two) between paragraphs, words and sentences, particularly after periods.
  4. No space bar entries to start paragraphs. No extra lines between paragraphs. No special formatting, underlining, centering, or bolding. No page breaks, headers, footers, paginations, or style tags.
  5. Unless you have more than five references, include them in the article text, instead of as footnotes at the end of the article. For example, write: “According to Cathie Black in Basic Black, communicating well with potential employers is critical in building a successful career.”
  6. Add subheads to define sections. Use title (upper) case. No periods after subheads nor special formatting or indenting.
  7. Omit periods in all-capital abbreviations unless the abbreviation is geographical or refers to a person. Also, when referring to a person by their first and last name for the first time in the article, it is customary to refer to them by last name only throughout the remainder of the article.



  1. Use the active voice, not the passive voice. Write: “The student received an award” rather than “An award was received by the student.”
  2. Avoid excessive use of the first person (“I”).
  3. Enclose quotations in smart quotes (“ ”). Use straight quotes (‘’) only for units of measurement.
  4. Use quotation marks only when quoting someone. Use italics rather than quotation marks to represent unspoken thoughts or interior dialogue.  Example:  “Drive faster,” she said.  We’re too late, I thought.
  5. Avoid run-on sentences.
  6. En dashes vs. em dashes:  Use the en dash where the phrase could be read by replacing the dash with the word “to” (e.g., April-June) or for an adjectival phrase that contains an open compound (e.g., post-Civil War). Use the em dash—which is most commonly used to break up an interrupted thought, sentence, or speech—in other situations that call for a dash. Do not insert a space on either side of the em dash (i.e. I went outside—despite the weather—to buy milk).



  • Remember this distinction: “e.g.” means “exempli gratia” (“example given,” “for example”); and “i.e.” means “id est” (“that is,” “in other words”).
  • If you use leader dots (ellipses), set them off with a space before and after each dot, for a total of four spaces and three dots . . . like that. When a period appears at the end of a quote, use four dots. . . .”
  • Do not put a comma after the “and” in a series of three or more names or brief listings: Brian, Pat and Jim will thank you for that.
  • Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks: “You’ll see what we mean,” said the editor. The writer said, “Yes, I will.”
  • Question marks and exclamation points go outside the quotation marks when they are not part of the material being quoted. You’ll see what we mean. Do you understand what we meant by “You’ll see what we mean”?
  • Colons and semicolons that are not part of a quotation always go outside the quotation marks.
  • “Okay” is okay. “OK” is not okay.
  • “TV” is okay; “BBQ” is not okay (“barbecue” is).
  • Avoid unnecessary, superfluous, space-wasting adjectives. Employ strong verbs.
  • Avoid, where possible, the words “very” and “that.”
  • Avoid jargon and unnecessary technical terms.
  • Use contractions sparingly. For example, instead of “We’d prefer you didn’t say,” write “We would prefer you did not say.”

NOTE: Proofread your article carefully before submitting it to us. Incorrect spellings, especially of names and key terms, can call into question your understanding of the subject you are covering.



  1. Use your word processor’s spell check and grammar check functions, but do not rely on them entirely. Again, be mindful of Canadian vs. American spelling.
  2. Ethnicities should be lowercased, for example: black, white.
  3. Use “website,” not “web site.” Use “email, not e-mail.” Internet addresses should begin with
  4. Spell out the names of Canadian provinces and U.S. states in article text. Abbreviations are acceptable for photo captions, author biographies, and event listings. In these cases, use postal abbreviations for provinces and states. Example: use ON.
  5. Do not use “their” to avoid a gendered pronoun, as in “The owner didn’t visit their veterinarian.” Use “his” when in doubt. Alternate with “her” as needed and if desired.
  6. Use italics for emphasis (not bold or all caps).
  7. Italicize the titles of books, magazines, television shows, movies, plays, albums, and other works. Put magazine and newsletter article titles in quotes, as well as song titles.
  8. Brand names and medical terms: Try not to use brand names unless they are essential to the article. Use a generic term, like adhesive bandage instead of Band Aid® or antibiotic cream instead of Cortaid® or cotton-tipped applicator instead of Q-Tip®. If using a brand name, insert the trademark as appropriate (for example, ® or ™). For prescription medication, use the generic name in lower case. Disease names are also lower case.



  1. Spell out numbers zero through ten. Eleven or above are numbers except at the beginning of sentences (such as this one).
  2. Use figures, not words, for ages, as in “My son is 2 years old.” Fractions should also appear as figures. Use “My son is 2 ½ years old.”
  3. Use numbers for units of measurement. Examples: “The four boxes weighed between 60 and 72 lbs. Cut a board to 8 ft 4 in. long.” Straight quotes are also acceptable to represent inches and feet. Do not use curly quotes as in 8” if you mean 8″.
  4. Units of measurement may be abbreviated (lbs, oz, mg) without a period. Use a period to indicate inches. (The tail was 20 in. long.)
  5. Spell out fractions smaller than one using hyphens. Example: three-fourths.
  6. Use commas in numbers larger than 999. Example: 1,000, not 1000.
  7. Use per cent, not %.



Photos submitted to cannot be returned. All submissions must be digital. If not provided by email, storage devices or CD-ROM’s will not be returned.


PAYMENT is currently not offering monetary compensation. Instead, provides writers with a byline and extensive distribution and circulation of their articles.



What types of stories should writers not submit? will not publish manuscripts that do not pertain directly to our website’s content categories. We reserve the right to decline submissions or publish them at a later date and in the category that we chose. NOTE: We strongly encourage prospective writers to study our website content at to get a feel for our tone, content selection and approach to subjects.

NOTE: We only accept submissions from writers who have read our guidelines. When submitting an article, it is very important that you indicate whether you have already reviewed these guidelines; otherwise, you will receive them automatically, and be asked to re-conform your article to meet them.

Do not send your article in hard copy; we must have an electronic copy. assumes no responsibility or liability for acknowledgment or return of unsolicited manuscripts, including computer disks or other items included in a submission. Unsolicited manuscripts must be accompanied with appropriate writer/contributor information to be considered for publishing.

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be notified upon publication or if we require revision or more details before publishing.


Will my article be edited?
All manuscripts submitted to are subject to whatever editing or rewriting our editors deem necessary.


What about rights to my article?
Our policy is to accept manuscripts on an “all rights” basis. If there is a fee paid for an article is a one-time fee. reserves the unrestricted right, in perpetuity, to make use of material appearing on, whether in part or in entirety, in other forms, including but not limited to: posting it on our websites, reprints, special compilations, archives and promotional materials.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your stories online.



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