Writers’ Guidelines

A Publication of Beckett Media

OUR AUDIENCE

The primary audience for COINage is coin collectors and investors. The magazine provides a refreshing review for the experienced collector and an introduction to key concepts for the less experienced. Our goal is to provide informative and entertaining articles for this audience and to draw new people to the hobby.

MANUSCRIPTS

We are particularly interested in fresh articles that put the past into perspective with the present. We also accept articles pertaining to coin auction and show coverage, currency, errors, modern and proof coinage, precious metals and bullion, commemmoratives, ancients, colonials and historic numismatic figures. Also welcome are articles that educate beginning collectors or investors and promote active participation in the hobby.

Please provide your mailing address, phone number, and email address on each page, and, if possible, include a word count (2,500 words is the preferred length).

All authors accept responsibility for the accuracy of their facts. Please confirm any statistical or factual information with a reliable source before submitting an article.

QUERIES

Send queries to editor@coinagemag.com. Describe your story idea in detail. Do not send unsolicited submissions.

ARTICLE SUBMISSION

COINage will only consider unpublished manuscripts submitted via mail or email that include:
•a cover letter that includes your contact information (mailing address, phone number and an email address)
•.doc files of your manuscript and caption list
•8 to 10 usable photos (see the section on Photographs)

The average length of feature submissions is 2,000 words, but will vary according to the assignment.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Each article must be accompanied by 8 to 10 clear, digital photographs that illustrate the story. Digital art must be submitted as high-resolution (300 dpi and at least 5″ x 7″) JPEG or TIFF files. We cannot use poor photos or articles without photos.

You must provide an informative caption of one or two full sentences  for each photo submitted (see Tips for Writing Good Captions, below). Captions must be listed at the end of the manuscript or typed in a separate document file.

Match captions to digital images by their file names in your caption list. For example:
1933 Saint.jpg
Ten specimens of the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle were turned over to the Mint.

Do not make your caption the file name. Keep the file name short and put the details in the caption.

Not all photos will be used, so please do not refer to them in the text of your story.

RIGHTS AND PAYMENT

Rights and payment are outlined in the independent contractor agreement, which will be sent to the contributor upon acceptance of their submission. Payment for published articles varies.

Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Articles are selected for publishing by the editorial staff and are subject to editing.

RETURNING MATERIALS

Only physical materials that are accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) will be returned at the contributor’s request. Be sure the envelope is large enough and bears adequate postage for all the materials to be returned. COINage does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, unsolicited editorial contributions.

CONTACT THE EDITOR

editor@coinagemag.com
(972) 448-4626

TIPS FOR WRITING GOOD CAPTIONS

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a good caption is worth its weight in gold. Photos are a critical element of your COINage submission, and it is equally important that you provide adequate captions for them. In fact, poor captions can cause your manuscript to be rejected.

COINage’s caption style is to use informative full sentences that tell the reader more than he could see by looking at the photo. The editor cannot write your captions for you; she doesn’t know why you took the photos you did, so she can’t explain to the reader what is relevant about them. Here are some tips to help you write acceptable captions that will draw readers into your story:

Captions must be meaningful full sentences, not merely identification. A caption should tell the reader why the photo is a good illustration of the topic of your article, not just identify a coin or person. Use complete sentences, not sentence fragments.

The captions must be relevant. What would you want to know about the photos if you were the reader? Put that information in your captions. If you have trouble writing an original sentence, find a sentence in your article that relates to the photo and copy it to your caption file. It’s that easy to write good captions!

EXAMPLES

Poor: A 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle
Good: The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle ($20 gold piece) is considered one of America’s most beautiful coins.

Poor: John F. Kennedy (obverse)
Good: Gilroy Roberts designed the bust of John F. Kennedy as it appears on the obverse of the half dollar.

Poor: The author at a show
Good: The American Numismatic Association holds several conventions throughout the year.

Poor: The U.S. Marines at Harper’s Ferry
Good: In 1859, the United States Marines stormed the engine house at Harper’s Ferry, trapping John Brown inside.

Poor: U.S. special Mint set
Good: The 1966 Special Mint Set is considered by some to be the prototype of the “slab.”

These are very generic examples, but as the expert on your topic, you can include specific information that our coin-collecting readers will want to know.