Feature Article (1,200-2,000 words)

Make sure the article has widespread applicability to the West, is interesting, solutions are offered, and that it provides ideas for bringing together planners, the public, elected officials, and the development community. Please follow the submission guidelines below. WP does not publish every article that is submitted.  Some articles are not a good fit for the WP either because of content or substandard writing.

Feature Article

  • Topic: Feature articles should be articles about successful planning techniques and projects that work or may work in the West, and address the problems Western Planners face.
  • Length: A good length for a feature article is between 1,200 and 2,000 words.  If the article is longer than 2,000 words, the editor may return the article and request that it be edited.
  • Requirements: Need (1) a short author bio; (2) citations if necessary; (3) suggested headline; (4) suggested resources, books and/or websites for help on the topic
  • Photos/ Graphics: Photos/graphics must include a cutline and photo credit. You must have permission to publish them.
  • Hyperlinks: We encourage adding hyperlinks to additional resource materials.
  • When Published: Please note that it might be several months from submittal until an article is published.  All articles are sent for a blind review by the Editorial Board. Most of the time, the review results in a request from the author for minor changes or possibly some clarification.

Article Submission Guidelines

The guidelines are inclusive rather than exclusive as we encourage planners to assist others by writing about what has been successful for them.  

  • The Western Planner (WP) encourages subscribers, readers, and others to submit articles and columns for publication in our bimonthly digital Journal. The WP doesn’t pay for articles. 
  • Email an abstract of the topic to the editor at Rachel@girtcommunications.com.  She will review the abstract and contact you about whether to proceed. Successful submissions have a widespread applicability to the West, is interesting, solutions are offered, and that it provides ideas for bringing together planners, the public, elected officials, and the development community.
  • Submit your article to the editor at Rachel@girtcommunications.com in a Word document and include photos and graphics as separate attachments (ie not in the Word document). Be sure to include a suggested headline, any citations and a short bio.
  • Upon submittal, the editor and the Editorial Board will review the article. Most of the time, the review results in a request to the author for minor changes or possibly some clarification.
  • Submission of an article to WP implies that the material has not been published before and that this article has not been simultaneously submitted to any other publication outlet unless previously agreed upon.
  • Each article should be accompanied by a list of resources on the topic at hand: relevant books and reports, conferences, and contact people and their phone numbers (if necessary).
  • Each submission is encouraged to also submit color photos and graphics. We prefer to receive artwork electronically. All graphics/photos should include credit and caption information.

Copyright Notice for Article Submission

  • Unless otherwise noted, the articles cannot be reproduced without  permission from The Western Planner and the author. To request permission to republish material, please contact rachel@girtcommunications.com.
  •  If The Western Planner and the author approves the reprint, then the articles must include the following tagline: “This article was originally published in The Western Planner. Visit www.westernplanner.org to learn more.”
  • The authors give The Western Planner the first right and perpetual subsequent right to publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the work in any medium. In cases where an article is not accepted for publication by the editorial board, the authors can submit the article to any other publication for first publication.