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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE PALE

Revised 26 April 2014

ARTICLES on period topics, history, art, puzzles, SCA life, bardic stories and the like are welcome additions to The Pale. A 500 to 1000 word article will usually fit in one issue; longer articles will be split into multiple parts to appear in successive issues.

Please submit the file in MS Word .doc format. Send the images used in the article as separate files using the format described below. Be sure to include the appropriate release form with the images.

You must cite all references, quotations and sources in your article using the Chicago Manual of Style format. Sample citations are located here: www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.

If you are using images from a book or website, be sure that the source.s copyright terms allow publication in another article or medium. You can find this under .terms of use. on the source site. Most universities, libraries and museums allow .fair use. of their materials with proper citation of the source. If in doubt, contact the owner of the image directly to request permission. Public domain images still require a citation to ensure that the image came from a public domain source.

Citing sources is very important to avoid accusations of plagiarism and legal action for copyright violation.

IMAGES, such as line art, calligraphy, illumination and photographs are also welcome. Scan any artwork at 300 dpi and save it at the highest quality JPG setting. The Pale uses a CMYK print color gamut; this will be adjusted by the Editor if you.re not familiar with it. Photos should also be 300dpi, high quality JPGs. The Editor will adjust exposure and color space to ensure optimal reproduction. Note that all images will appear in print as black and white, but the online, PDF version of The Pale is in color.

Images can also be submitted as high quality TIF or PDF files, although JPG is preferred.

Any artwork or photography submitted to The Pale must have a signed SCA Creative Release or SCA Photographer Release form from the artist sent in with the work. Any person identifiable in an image must submit a signed SCA Model Release form with the art work. This is a requirement of SCA Inc. for print publication. Scans or photos of the completed, signed forms are acceptable. The forms are available at www.midrealm.org/chronicler/ under the .Forms. header.

EVENT PREVIEWS: A free event preview of 50 words is available to all events. The listing MUST include the name of the event, sponsoring group, site address, date, times and event steward contact information.

EVENT NOTICES (ads) must be published in The Pale for events at which any of the following occur:

  • 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 unless a complete event notice appears in The Pale, the Middle Kingdom newsletter, at least once before the date of the event. The publication requirement may only be waived in extraordinary circumstances, such as a natural disaster.

Events must already be listed on the Middle Kingdom Calendar prior to advertising in The Pale, but an event listing on the Middle Kingdom Calendar does NOT constitute .official publication.. Branch seneschals must submit events to the Middle Kingdom Calendar Secretary at calendar@midrealm.org prior to sending in an event notice to The Pale. Incipient groups must submit a scan of the sponsorship form to the Editor.

Middle Kingdom events receive one free quarter page notice that runs in the next issue unless otherwise specified. Additional months of publication are available at the ad rates listed below. Ads larger than the free quarter page ad may be purchased; send a check for the difference to The Pale Exchequer. Out-of-kingdom events pay the listed rates.

These events receive the equivalent of three free half page ads:

  • Crown Tournament
  • Coronation
  • Middle Kingdom Twelfth Night
  • Middle Kingdom A & S Competition
  • RUM
  • Border Raids
  • Rose Tournament
  • Tournament of Chivalry
  • Pennsic War

Ad templates for the quarter and half page ads are available at www.midrealm.org/pale.

All work must be submitted to The Pale via e-mail attachment in DOC, PDF, JPG, or TIF format.

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, EVENT NOTICES MUST INCLUDE:

  • event name
  • sponsoring group
  • dates
  • times
  • site address
  • site fees
  • NAME (SCA & modern), email address and phone number of the event steward.

Website URLs and simple driving directions to the event site are useful but not required. All clip art images in event notices must have a source listed and be used in accordance with the terms of use. All artwork MUST include an SCA Creative Release form from the author(s) or artist(s). SCA Model Releases are required for identifiable persons in any image. Release forms are available at www.midrealm.org/chronicler. 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.

MERCHANT ADS are due on the deadlines and in the formats noted bleow; send payment to The Pale Exchequer.

RATES: A $20 service fee applies for event notices that require excessive editing with no attempt at correction by the author.

  • Quarter page: 3 5/8.W x 4 7/8.H $35
  • Half page: 7 1/2.W x 4 7/8.H $60
  • Full page: 7 1/2.W x 10.H $115

PAYMENTS: Make checks payable to SCA INC - MIDDLE KINGDOM. Send to Janice Drake, 360 Blair Pike, Peru, IN 46970

DEADLINES: All submissions for The Pale are due by the 25th of the month two months prior to publication. Send submissions for The Pale to thepale@midrealm.org. The Editor will send a receipt for all submissions received starting the week after the deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, the Editor did not receive your submission. Deadlines are absolute.

The Pale Advertising Payments

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.

Advertising Rates
Quarter Page:
7 1/2"W x 2 1/2"H OR 3 5/8"W x 4 7/8"H$35.00
Half Page:
7 1/2"W x 4 7/8"H OR 3 5/8"W x 10"H$60.00
Full Page:
7 1/2"W x 10"H$115.00

Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. - Middle Kingdom and send to Janice Drake, 360 Blair Pike, Peru, IN 46970.