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Writers' Guidelines

What we do: Tales from a Small Planet publishes carefully selected and edited personal essays, fiction and humor about the experience of living in another country and culture, as well as post reports ("Real Post Reports") and school reports from around the world.

Who we are: We are a non-profit organization with a small team of volunteers, mostly from the U.S. Foreign Service community.

What we are looking for: Original essays, fiction or humor consistent with our theme: "What It's Really Like to Live There." An ideal submission has the following attributes:

What to do next: If you have a few ideas, but are not sure if they would be right for us, you are welcome to query us and ask. Send your submission in the body of an e-mail or as a Word or RTF attachment with explanation in the e-mail.

What to expect: All submissions are reviewed by our editors, and if they fit our guidelines, they are sent to a volunteer Submissions Panel. Please note that this process can take several months due to the schedules of our volunteers. We also usually work directly with our authors to revise and edit pieces before publication.

What we offer to writers: We, unfortunately, cannot provide financial compensation to our writers. However, we offer a high-quality, interactive editing and revision process, which has been compared by our writers to a good writing workshop. After working with us to edit and publish a piece on Tales, several of our authors have also received later compensation through awards and/or reprints in textbooks and anthologies. We are also happy to publish links to your blog, website, published book, business, etc. along with your piece.

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