Submission Guidelines for The Pale
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Event notices must be published for the events at which any one of the following will take place:
- Crown and Coronet tournaments
- Coronations and Investitures
- Appointment of Kingdom or Principality Officers
- Presentation of awards and titles
- Proclamation of law
- Establishment or advancement of branches
These activities cannot take place if a complete event notice does not appear in the Kingdom newsletter, The Pale, at least once before the date of the event. The publication requirement may only be waived in extraordinary circumstances such as natural disaster.
To be considered complete, an announcement must contain:
- Date of the event (day and month) If the event will not be held during the Common Era year noted on the front cover of the newsletter, the announcement must also include the Common Era year
- The time of the event: when the site opens and closes
- The name of the sponsoring group
- The location (name, street address, and town) of the site. The postal code should also be included if available
- The name (both Society and modern), phone and email address of the autocrat
- If there is a fee being charged for the event, the statement "Make checks payable to SCA, Inc. - Group Name" must also be included. The Non-member surcharge must also be specified in the fee schedule.
Branch seneschals must submit events to the Kingdom Calendar Secretary. This is ONLY for requests to add events to the Kingdom Calendar.
All ad copy for The Pale should be sent to: The Pale Editor and NOT to the Kingdom Calendar Secretary.
An event listing on the Middle Kingdom Calendar does NOT constitute official publication.
Court Reports: Awards and notices read in court must be published in The Pale. Guidelines and an online report form are located on the Kingdom Herald's pages.
Deadlines: All submissions for The Pale are due by the 20th of the month two months prior to publication. Send submissions for The Pale to The Pale Editor.
Writing and art submissions to The Pale should have a medieval theme or reflect SCA life. All work must be submitted to The Pale via e-mail attachment in DOC, PDF, ODT, JPG, or TIF format. All work MUST include a permission-to-publish form from the author(s) or artist(s). Model releases are required for identifiable persons in a photograph. Release forms are available at www.midrealm.org/chronicler. All submissions are edited for grammar, spelling, space constraints, inflammatory or explicit language and compliance with Middle Kingdom Law. Editorial decisions are final. Letters to the Editor are not permitted per SCA Inc. regulations.
Event Previews: A free preview notice of 50 words is available and MUST include the name of the event, group, site address, date, times and autocrat contact information.
Event Announcements (Ads): Middle Kingdom events receive one free 1/4 page ad and run in the next issue unless otherwise specified. Additional months of publication are available at the listed ad rates. Ads larger than the free 1/4 page ad may be purchased; send a check for the difference to The Pale Exchequer. Events must ALREADY be listed on the Middle Kingdom Calendar prior to advertising in The Pale. Incipient groups must submit a scan of the sponsorship form to the Editor before publication of any ad or preview. Crown Tournament, Coronation, Kingdom A & S, Kingdom Twelfth Night, RUM, Rose Tournament and Tournament of Chivalry receive the equivalent of three free 1/2 page ads. Out-of-kingdom events pay the listed rates.
Advertising Rates: Ad submissions arriving after deadline are subject to a $20 late fee. A $20 service fee applies for event ads that require excessive editing or formatting with no attempt at correction by the submitting group.
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NOTE: The Editor will send a receipt for all submissions received starting the week AFTER the issue deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, the Editor did NOT receive your submission. Deadlines are absolute and are strictly enforced.
Merchant Advertising: Ads for products of interest to SCA members or related to historical reenactment in general are due on the deadlines noted above; send payment to The Pale Exchequer. Ads must include the phrase “Paid Advertisement” and must be submitted as “camera ready” PDF, TIF, JPG or BMP files.
Payments: Make checks payable to SCA, Inc. - Middle Kingdom and send to Janice Drake, 360 Blair Pike, Peru, IN 46970.
The Editor will send a receipt for all submissions received starting the week AFTER the issue deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, the Editor did NOT receive your submission. Deadlines are absolute and are strictly enforced.