Contributing

Contributing to Checkpoint magazine

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Checkpoint is the journal of the Audax Australia Cycling Club, produced by members for members of Audax Australia.

The Editor welcomes all types of contributions about long-distance and endurance cycling, particularly material that will be of interest to the members of the Audax Australia Cycling Club.

Stories and information accompanied by photos and graphics are particularly welcome.

If you are writing an article of more than 800-1000 words, please contact the Editor in advance of the closing date so that space can be allocated.

Contributions should not exceed 2000 words. Longer submissions will be accepted at the Editor's discretion but may be edited for length. There is no minimum size for contribution length.

Contributions may include, but are not restricted to:

  • ride reports
  • touring reports
  • member notices
  • regional Club news
  • letters to the Editor
  • promotional information for Australian and overseas Audax events
  • information and advice on relevant technical, training, health and medical matters

Paid advertising is also available.

A note to PR companies

Checkpoint magazine rarely publishes articles about charity fundraising rides, unless the story has a unique and remarkable endurance cycling angle. If you send a plain vanilla press release about a charity fundraising ride, it will be ignored.

How to submit

Email your contribution direct to the Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:

Editor,
PO Box 12144, A'Beckett St,
Melbourne VIC 8006.

All contributions should include the name, address and contact telephone number of the author.

When submitting an article, please include a short author's biography (max. 50 words) and a 'helmet-off' portrait for publication alonside the article.

Your name may be witheld from Letters to the Editor upon request, but the letter must be sent with full contact details to allow verification.

Contributors must disclose to the Editor if any material has been previously published elsewhere or will be submitted for publication elsewhere, including electronic publishing (e.g. on a website, email chat forum, etc.) in order to avoid copyright infringements.

The Editor reserves the right to edit contributions for clarity and brevity.

Deadlines

Submission deadlines remain the same each year, according to the following schedule:

IssueAdvertising
bookings close
Deadline for
contributions
Date of
publication
Summer

25 October

1 November

December

Autumn

25 January

1 February

March

Winter

25 April

1 May

June

Spring

25 July

1 August

September

Minor changes to the above schedule may occur to allow for timely reporting of major events.

Preferred formats

→ Text

Written contributions should be in one of the following digital formats (in order of preference):

  1. plain text (no formatting)
  2. Open Document Format (.odt)
  3. Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  4. Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx)

Alternatively you may send your contribution within the email message area (especially suitable for shorter contributions).

Please do not:

  • apply any text formatting or styles within documents.
  • embed images within documents-send as separate attachments.
  • attempt to reproduce the magazine layout in Word (this just makes more work for your Editor!)

If your material requires a specific layout (e.g. for a chart, table or form) please send an extra PDF or image of the layout and we will do our best to reproduce it accurately.

Typed contributions may also be submitted by mail. Handwritten submissions are not accepted.

→ Images

The publication quality of Checkpoint relies heavily on the availability of suitable, high quality photographs and other images. Therefore high resolution digital photographs are always welcome.

High resolution JPEG is acceptable for photographs and EPS or PDF for diagrams/drawings. Other formats may be accepted but please contact the Editor prior to sending. Scanned images should be scanned at actual size (no resizing, no cropping), and be at least 150pi.

Drawings, cartoons and other graphics are all welcome.

If you have a large number of photographs to send, please contact the Editor before emailing. We will often make alternative arrangements.

Please note:

  • Do not embed images within documents-send each image as a separate attachment (or as one attachment, packaged into a zip file).
  • If you are not the photographer/artist responsible for an image, please submit contact details for the photographer/artist, and indicate whether the artist has given permission to reproduce the image.
  • All images should be accompanied by a caption or explanatory text.
  • Provide a left-to-right list of people in each photo (especially for posed group shots).