NYC Voices Rules for Submitting

The Basics

  • All articles must be relevant to the topics of mental health and mental illness
  • All submissions should be typed
  • Articles should have a title, your full name and a subtitle beneath your name
  • Four ways to send us your work:
    1. Submit online (An account is required)
    2. Fax to (413) 647-6758
    3. Email
    4. Mail to City Voices, PO Box 310368, Brooklyn 11231
  • Emailed articles should be attached in either:
    • Word
    • WordPad
    • Word Perfect
    • Notepad
  • Please provide your full name, address, phone number and email address in order for us to contact you if necessary.

NYC Voices Writer's Guidelines


Articles should be 750 words or less. More than this will require permission from the editor in chief or the editorial board.


Consider the readers who are new to the paper and new to mental illness. We recommend gently introducing these readers to concepts that affect the community. Avoid generalities, jargon and overuse of acronyms (e.g., MHA, NAMI, PI, PROS). If you will be using acronyms, please spell out the acronyms before further use of them. For example, "Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) will affect us next year.PROS will cost $100 million to implement."

Opening Paragraph

This paragraph should either state the main idea of your article or offer an example of that idea that captures the reader's attention. For example, "Consumers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangender (LGBT) face discrimination from people who discriminate against the mentally ill as well as from people who feel the same way about the LGBT community. Many LGBT consumers have begun organizing thanks to leaders like Bert Coffman."

Passive Voice

Avoid passive voice. Writing "hours were restricted at the drop-in center" is an example of passive voice. Passive means we watch helplessly without responding either emotionally or through action. If we rephrase and write, "due to cutbacks in state funding, the drop-in center cannot remain open for the same number of hours each day," then we know the cause and have an idea how to fight back.


Photo prints or graphics are encouraged, especially headshots or other pics relevant to the article. The following computer picture files are supported: jpg, tif, pdf, a picture embedded in a Word doc, maybe others. If you believe we need permission to reprint the graphic, please provide relevant contact information of the source.


You are writing a newspaper article and not a research paper for school. The difference is that in an article, if you are citing information from another source, communicate this as in the following example: "In a Time magazine article from 2004, author Bill Hedges stated that consumers are more often victims of violence that its perpetrators." City Voices does not use footnotes, but you should include your major sources in a separate paragraph after the end of your article.

How Decisions to Publish Are Made

  • The Editor in Chief makes the first decision
  • If a writer disagrees with the decision, s/he may request an Editorial Board review
  • The Editorial Board's decision is final
  • If the Editor in Chief deems an article controversial then it is immediately sent to the Editorial Board for a decision
  • We will not notify you about the decision to publish
  • We often work with writers to make their articles fit for publishing
  • Most articles are kept till we can place them in an issue
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