Guidelines for Contributors
If you are considering submitting a contribution
to Open Space at The Zoo Fence, please read these Guidelines carefully
Submissions that do not conform to these
guidelines will probably not be read.
- Contributions are welcome. They may be
your own original work in almost any format, or something you have come
across somewhere else, like a prayer, a passage from a book, or a website.
In the latter cases, please include several sentences or a brief paragraph
explaining why the material or site was meaningful to you.
- Open Space is not an advertising medium. Please
do not submit material promoting your own website, the sale of a book
you have written, a course of instruction or a program of practices which
you have devised, or the like.
- Please consider that your readers are
sensitive, mature, dedicated seekers from many different spiritual traditions,
and deserve to be addressed with respect, a gentle touch, and in love.
- Copyright of all original material is
retained by its author. If you are submitting material written by someone
else (a quotation from a book or a magazine or a website, for example),
please include the title, author, publisher, and the page on which the
quotation appears, or as much of that information as you have, so that
we can cite their copyright.
- Accepted contributions will be posted on OPEN SPACE for at least thirty days, perhaps indefinitely. We will remove
any item if requested to do so by its author. We reserve the right (1)
to reject contributions, and (2) to remove posted contributions, without
- We may edit contributions for length and
content. Generally, we will inform writers of such changes before we post
- You must let us know clearly and specifically whether
or not you would like us to include with your contribution all, some,
or none of the following: your name, your e-mail address, your postal
address, your web site URL (if you have one). If you would like any of
that information posted, please provide it to us as you would like it
to appear, including a statement specifically stating you would like the
information to appear with your post. Also, please provide a brief sentence
about yourself (or about the item you are contributing), if you would
like us to include that.
- Submit your contribution in the body of an e-mail
message. That is, not as an attached file. Attached files are
automatically deleted by our email editor, unopened and unread.
- Include in your message’s Subject line the
words “Open Space”.
- Send only one submission at a time. That
is, if you are a writer, artist, or other professional with more than
one item you would like us to consider, please include only one of them
in any message you send to us.
- In submitting your contribution, please introduce
it with a brief sentence, such as “The following is an item
[or a poem or an article or whatever] which I would like to contribute
to Open Space at The Zoo Fence”. We receive a lot of email, much
of it spam, and if you fail to identify your contribution properly, our
email editor may delete it, unopened and unread.
- We regret we cannot pay for submissions
in any currency other than our respect and gratitude, which we offer in
- Although submission of your work to The Zoo Fence indicates
your acceptance of these guidelines, and constitutes your permission to
us to post it on Open Space, we need to have
a specific statement from you, such as “I have read and understood
the Open Space Guidelines”.