Author: arumuga
Published: 2008/2/22 2:00:00

Writer's Guide

We welcome anyone to contribute to Hinduism Today. Over the years, our contributors have ranged from professional reporters to great Hindu religious leaders to lay Hindus and children. Together they have allowed us to produce an educational and informative magazine issue after issue. If you'd like to join this band who make Hinduism Today possible, please let us know.

Hinduism Today is a 86-page international quarterly magazine written for educated, English-speaking Hindus, the general public interested in Hinduism and to inform the scholastic community dedicated to Hindu-related studies. Now in its 34th year of publication, our magazine is considered "the voice of Hinduism" and -- many tell us -- is the best Hindu newsjournal in the world both in content and design. We are published in North America and distributed worldwide. The magazine is posted regularly on the Web, with archives back to 1979, and also distributed in a free, online digital form.

It is not necessary that contributing writers be Hindu, but that they empathize with Hindu thought, practices and culture.

Our interests range over timely events, human interest stories, profiles, interviews, trend analysis, social issues, lifestyle pieces, cultural explorations, travel-log and special feature reporting. We solely cover the spiritual, humanistic and cultural dimensions of Hinduism; we do not cover politics, with the exception of a political event that has a direct impact on Hindus or our faith. Writers should study Hinduism Today for an overview of our approach, writing style and typical subject matter. Articles need to be in English, that is, every Sanskrit or other non-English word needs to be defined (simply) in the text.

Types of stories we might cover include:

1.) Current news and events in Hinduism, or that impact Hindus.

2.) Profiles of individual Hindu gurus, swamis or lay leaders who are contributing in a dynamic or unusual way to the Hindu/yoga community. These are contemporary people, but on occasion can include those from recent past. Profiles are also sought for Hindu royalty, movie stars, sports stars, authors, businessmen, thinkers and unusual personalities.

3.) Investigative reports on Hindu or yoga-related institutions. This would include monastic, educational, specific research and academic institutions; and would include non-Hindu institutions that are studying or teaching Hindu-related areas.

4.) Investigative reports on ethical and social issues pertinent to and including the Hindu perspective: abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, vegetarianism, animal rights, global pollution, environment, nuclear arms and power, appropriate technology, agriculture, smoking, AIDS, mad-cow disease, etc.

5.) In-depth treatments of special facets of Hindu practice and knowledge: various sects or schools of Hinduism, systems of yoga, astrology, arts, sciences, social structure, diet, scriptures, architecture, etc.

6.) The interface, both positive and negative, between Hinduism and other faiths. Occasionally, we run feature pieces on Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, and other religions, with an effort to reveal links with Hindu history, knowledge or present-day concerns.

7.) The religious life of the indigenous tribals in India.

8.) The interface between Hinduism and science/technology; Hinduism in the 21st century.

9.) Specific family concerns for men, women, adolescents and children: Hindu family customs, acculturation for immigrants, discrimination, education, lifestyle, helpful domestic and social hints. We have an on-going concern with wife and child beating, and the consequences of so many mothers working outside the home, breakup of the joint family, divorce, etc.

10.) First person accounts of journeys to exotic Hindu or formerly-Hindu locales.

11.) Reports on extraordinary events, projects and discoveries, such as magnificent new temples, huge Hindu religious statues, amazing archeological finds and Guiness Book of Records type events.

12.) Exploration of specific anti-Hindu activities, programs, publishing or other media efforts.

Queries on article proposals are desirable. We encourage a well-written query letter outlining your subject and describing its special characteristics and appeal. Though queries are preferred, unsolicited articles are accepted for consideration.

Article Guidelines:

Length for short pieces is 200-500 words. Features run 1,000-5,000 words. All manuscripts are edited prior to publication.

Good professional photos are necessary with every story. This is a critical area, and we will work with the writer to insure proper photos.

Presentation: Manuscript submissions should e-mailed. Submissions must be in English and include a two-sentence bio and a photograph of the author.

Payment is US.10 cents per word and $20.00 for each photo we publish. Rates for professional photographs are negotiated on a case by case basis. Payment is made upon publication. Sometimes we can pay for expenses.

Rights: Hinduism Today buys all rights of publication in all media, unless other specific arrangements are worked out with the author. We also purchase second (reprint) rights. Everything published in the magazine (except photographs) goes on our web site.

The Fine Print: We consider everything except a direct assignment to be submitted on a speculative basis. If an article has been assigned, we reserve the right to reject it and agree to pay a maximum termination fee of $25.00 for features, pro-rated for shorter pieces. No such fee will be paid for articles which are delivered after deadline or if the author fails to comply with requests for revisions or additional research.

Hinduism Today
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Editorial Offices
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Kapaa, Hawaii 96746 USA
Phone: (808) 822-7032, ext. 227/Fax: (808) 822-4351
Submit articles to the Managing Editor

As of February 26, 2012

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