Guidelines for Writers

Thank you for your interest in writing for Edible East Bay. We are a member of Edible Communities, Inc., a growing, award-winning, nationwide series of community-based food publications whose mission is “to transform the way communities shop for, cook, eat, and relate to the food that is grown and produced in their area.” You may read about Edible Communities at ediblecommunities.com.

Edible East Bay is published quarterly. Each issue emphasizes the current season with a focus on the East Bay locale (Alameda and Contra Costa counties). We look for subjects that are both timely and traditional, and we have a special interest in topics that relate to the full breadth of our mission. The editor chooses writers and topics for each issue with the intention of balancing the coverage and nurturing a wide and loyal readership.

The primary qualification for contributors is an ability to write in a lively, elegant, informative, original, accurate, and interesting manner. To demonstrate these abilities, potential contributors should submit writing samples along with a brief biography detailing their interests, professional and educational background, and publishing experience. Also include a list of topics you would like to write about, along with a description of the content and approach you would take for each topic. Generally, writers originate their own subjects, but occasionally the editor makes specific assignments.

Recipes to accompany articles are highly desirable, but they must be original and carefully tested. If they are not original, permission for reprint must be obtained in writing from the publisher. Likewise, all sources for information in the article should be cited, and if substantial passages from published (including Web-published) material are included, permission for use must be obtained.

Articles usually range in size from around 500 to 2,500 words, with the length determined by what seems best for the particular topic. Rate of pay is based on quality, complexity, and polish of the work submitted, and payment is made only after the article has gone to print and the contributor submits an invoice. Most writers new to Edible East Bay are offered between $50 and $150 for their first article. We also take into account the writer’s experience coming in and can also increase fees with subsequent articles, once a good working relationship has been established. If effective and publishable (300 dpi at full size) photos are submitted to accompany the article, there is the possibility of a slightly higher fee. Writers submitting for the first time should not expect a commitment until their final draft has been approved. Edible East Bay pays for first-time rights to publication. Ownership of published articles, photos, and recipes reverts to the author after the current issue has expired.

If you have further questions or want to submit materials for consideration, please contact:

Cheryl Koehler, Editor and Publisher of Edible East Bay

editor@edibleeastbay.com or 510.225.5776

It is strongly preferred for materials to be submitted by email, but we also accept items mailed to Edible East Bay at 1791 Solano Ave, D-14, Berkeley CA 94707.