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Guidelines for Submitting Your Pitch

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

At Weconpol Write, we use AP Style newswriting. When in doubt, you can use the AP Stylebook or reach out to your editor.

Follow these guidelines and send us your pitch

  1. Use a single space after a period.

  2. Don’t use footnotes for citations in your draft. Use hyperlinks instead.

  3. Always write out “percent” rather than using the symbol (%).

  4. Use double quotes (“) for text.

  5. Commas and periods go inside quotation marks. Example: “I did nothing wrong,” he said. She said, “Let’s go to the Purdue game.”

  6. Never begin a sentence with a figure, except for sentences that begin with a year. Use roman numerals to describe wars and to show sequences for people.

  7. Spell out numbers below 10 and use figures for numbers 10 and above. Example: The man had five children and 11 grandchildren.

  8. When referring to money, use numerals. For cents or amounts of $1 million or more, spell the words cents, million, billion, trillion etc. Examples: $26.52, $100,200, $8 million, 6 cents.

  9. Always use a person’s first and last name the first time they are mentioned in a story. Only use last names on second reference.

  10. The Commas are not necessary if only a year and month are given, but commas should be used to set off a year if the date, month and year are given. Capitalize days of the week, but do not abbreviate.

  11. Use quotation marks around the titles of books, songs, television shows, computer games, poems, lectures, speeches and works of art. Examples: Author Porter Shreve read from his new book, “When the White House Was Ours.” They sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game.

We accept drafts in AP Style. When in doubt, use AP style. If you have any questions, contact your editor at Weconpolwrite. You can fill out this form to submit your pitch.

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