All articles should contain a strong lead, an article-body that develops and delivers on the lead, and a definitive conclusion with an international audience in mind. Articles should address "who, what, when, where, and how."
Writers are discouraged from using acronyms and figures of speech that do not translate efficiently into foreign languages and other cultures. Examples like "GMKT" and phrases like, "Bring home the bacon", "just pulling your leg" or "That's mixing apples and oranges" should be avoided.
Only electronic submissions are accepted. Articles should be in PC-compatible Microsoft Word format, 12 pt., Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, Courier, etc., and sent as an email attachment. The email address for submissions is email@example.com
All articles must be accompanied by telephone phone number and a valid email address, and church affiliation. Our first priority is the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Annual conference articles should be no longer than about 1000 words. The easiest was to capture an annual conference article is to take the Report of the Resolution Committee and remove the "Wherefores," the "Be it Resolved" and the any unnecessary verbiage. Also, TCR readers enjoy information about pastoral appointments; and including pastoral appointments enhances annual conference articles.
The bottomline: We will take what annual conference reporters send. We do ask that annual conference reporters send the article in as quickly as possible upon close of the annual conference.
When "Reverend" or "Right Reverend" is used before a name, "Reverend / Rev." should be preceded by "the" because "Reverend / Rev." is not a noun; it is an adjective and is always preceded by, "the," especially in formal settings and in formal written documents.
"The" is used before nouns. For instance, in a sentence, you would not say, "Blue car is fast" because "blue" as used in the sentence is an adjective and the correct way to form the sentence would be, "The blue car was fast" or "When we went to the racetrack, the blue car was fast." It would not be correct to say, "Blue car was fast."
Generally, in the United States, periods and commas go inside the quotation marks, e.g., It would not be correct to say, "Blue car was fast."
One space after periods. (Two spaces after the period went out with the typewriter.)
The Discipline should be referred to as, "The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2008". Do not reference older editions of The Discipline when addressing current issues.
We recommend that writers who submit articles to The Christian Recorder familiarize themselves with The Associated Press Stylebook.
Photos may be in PDF, jpeg or a similar photo format; or hard-copy format; or in Word format or part of a text format.
The AMEC Sunday School Union is the entity that takes care of the photo color separation fees, which costs $40 per photo. The telephone number for the AMEC Sunday School Union is 615-256-5882; ask for Mr. Andre Wright to make arrangement for payment of the fees.
Arrangements with Mr. Wright for the payment of color separation fees must be accomplished within 48 hours. Whenever you send photos you have to let me (firstname.lastname@example.org) know how many photos you would like to use and your plan for making payment for the color separation fees. When payment arrangements have been made, resend the article and photos.
All submissions will be in Word format, imbedded (pasted) in the email message; attachments will not be processed. (Attached please find "Guidelines for Submitting Articles to The Christian Recorder." Candidates news items will be sent out as TCR News Breaks.