Guidelines for submissions

Guidelines for submitting to the Earth Pathways Diary


  • No work will be accepted without a printed, completed and signed submission form or an email address
  • Writing and poetry needs to be sent as a Word/text document.
  • Artwork needs to be sent as a .jpg; the file size needs to be between 3 – 10 MB, otherwise we cannot use it in the diary. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help with understanding this.
  • Photos as above – again files need to be 3MB or over.
  • You are welcome to submit up to 5 pieces of work; these can be a mixture of images and writing.
  • Every piece needs to be titled – both on the paper submission form and on the disc/memory stick/email AND THEY NEED TO HAVE CORRESPONDING TITLES. My crystal ball is pretty good but it struggles to match up a file named IMG_07539.jpg with a title such as ‘Abstract Heather at Sunset’.
  • We need a physical printed copy of each piece – that is, a small printed copy of artwork (computer paper is fine, no need for photographic paper) and a copy of writing/poetry*** (see below for further details).
  • Your name AND the title of the image/writing MUST be written on the back of each print out please. If we sneeze and everything gets jumbled up together…well… you get the picture!!
  • Please bear in mind the size of a diary page – no long pieces of writing or poetry. Do be aware of the size of the page and just how little space there is for writing which also gives equal opportunity to a picture!!
  • Writing needs to be approx. 200 – 250 words.
  • We would prefer images without writing on them, eg: a photo with poetry written on
  • We would prefer images that were not computer generated
  • We often have a shortage of Landscape images – these are easier to place!
  • We love poetry – but always have much more than we have space for – perhaps try writing an article?
  • We need to have correct and clear contact details for you – please write your email clearly!
  • Don’t forget to include your 40 word profile!!
  • Treat yourself to a pat on the back and a cup of tea for getting your submission sent in on time!!!

Just a little plea…Please do not send your submission by recorded delivery, or needing a signature (If I’m not in to receive it I have to walk 5 miles to collect it! Pushing a buggy with three wheels (it’s supposed to have four) and a heavy, grumpy child. And I have a hole in my shoe.)

We absolutely love all the wonderful things you send us! Without your generosity there would not be an Earth Pathways diary! Please feel free to email me with any other questions you may have – I will try my very best to help you!!

All the best, Debs Milverton (of the Earth Pathways Diary team)

Direct link to admin email address

***We have had a few queries about the nature of the printed hard copies that we require. These are simply to help us with our selection process and the reason we ask YOU to send them is because otherwise we would have to print them all out ourselves and frankly, we’d go a bit loopy with the smell of all that wet ink.

They don’t need to be an exact size, just a smallish, sensible size that we can see clearly. DON’T WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS INK on a huge print out :o) And we don’t need them on photographic paper, normal copier paper will be fine. Any further questions feel free to email us.

Jennings and my shoe

My old dog and old holey shoe competing for ‘the saddest looking item ever’ award.

Broken wheel

Both were upstaged and easily beaten by the broken now-three-wheeler pushchair.