Write for KFM

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine and KungFuMagazine.com. Much of the magazines' contents are freelance-written.

Only electronic submissions are reviewed for possible publication. Hard copy submissions are not accepted. A submission must be complete with photos before being accepted.

All submissions are reviewed for publication for either media, print magazine or web ‘e-zine’, unless you specify that your work is designated only for one and not the other. Otherwise, our editors may opt to direct an accepted piece for one specific media only and not the other. On occasion, unabridged versions of print magazine articles are also published on the e-zine.

In general, we accept more unique, experimental or ‘edgy’ submissions for the e-zine. First-person narratives such as travel logs and personal experiences, media reviews such as recent films and articles that are over 2500 words are also directed towards the e-zine. Print publication is reserved for more conventional articles.

While many authors find the print magazine to be more prestigious, in fact, a well-written article can find a significantly larger readership on the web as it is free access, internationally available and does not fall victim to shelf life.

Topics should be of interest to advanced Chinese Martial Arts aficionado as well as the rank beginner of any style. We welcome articles on martial arts training, techniques, history, weapons, philosophy, well-known martial artists, and notable individual experiences. We are not accepting any fiction, poetry, personality profiles, comics or cartoons, or articles for or about children at this time. Film and book reviews and interviews are assigned to designated freelance contributors or staff. Unassigned reviews are not accepted.

If you have not written your article already, please query your topic first. This way you won’t submit an article on a topic which may not be right for the magazine, has already been covered or is already queued for future publication.

Simultaneous Submissions:
Simultaneous article submissions are not accepted. You may submit simultaneous queries.

Rather than generalizing about a topic in a superficial way, narrow your subject, find an interesting angle, and write an in-depth, information-packed piece. For example, instead of trying to fit your style's entire history into an article, you might write about how one incident changed the course of your martial art. Rather than writing about all the various kicks in your style, it is better to concentrate on the details of one specific kick. General topics such as "What is martial arts?" are too broad. Narrow your topic to a more specific focus, such as "10 Methods for Training a Hook Punch".

Point of View:
Most articles should be written in the third person. The second person form is sometimes appropriate for instructional articles. Use the first person only if the focus of the whole article is an incident from your life.

Unless the interview is with a major celebrity, avoid the Q&A format, particularly for print submissions.

If quotes or information are attributable to other sources, cite them within the story; do not use footnotes or end notes. Do not add "thank you to..." at the end of the article; if another person was an integral part of writing or researching the story, you may share the byline either as "by Jane Smith and John Jones", or "by Jane Smith with John Jones".

Author Information:
Please provide brief information about yourself for "About the Author" section at the end of the article. This may include your martial arts style and rank, education, profession, city of residence, school, and teacher. Contact information is permissible. This is subject to editing. If no material is provided, it may be determined by our editorial board without your consultation.

Foreign Words and Phrases:
Please italicize all foreign words and phrases throughout the text. On the first occurrence of a Chinese word outside the common vernacular, place a concise definition in parenthesis following and provide the Chinese characters. YOU MUST PROVIDE CHINESE CHARACTERS. Our format always places the Chinese characters last, ie. jian (sword 劍) or sword (jian 劍). All Mandarin words should use modern pinyin Romanization. Other dialects such as Cantonese, Hakka, etc., can be preserved in their original spelling along with the Chinese characters. General terms like major cites (Beijing, Shanghai), major styles (Shaolin, Tai Chi) and major concepts (Kung Fu, qi) do not require Chinese characters.

Capitalize proper names of systems, but not the martial art itself, such as Fut Gar, Bak Mei Pai, White Crane Kung Fu. Capitalize names of organizations, ie: United States Kung Fu Association. Do not capitalize the names of weapons such as guandao, gun, qiang.

These rules may be disregarded for organizations and names that have previously established spellings in English, such as Jun Fan Gung Fu, but do not change the spelling within the text of the article, such as “Gung Fu,” instead of “kung fu.”

Photo and Image Quality:
All articles must be accompanied by at least eight photos or illustrations. Photos must be in sharp focus, well-lit, and composed so that the main subject is not too small or cut off. Shoot against a neutral, contrasting background such as wall for techniques shoot. Do not shoot subjects against a background of trees, mirrors, equipment, signs, etc. All photos must be done with a matte finish, no glossiness. Digital photos must be submitted at full size with a minimum of 300 dpi for print. Send the photos separately. Do not embed them within a text document.

Letters, News and Promotional Articles:
Letters, News, Press Releases and Promotional Articles are not contracted or compensated. They are subject to editing.

Please provide a separate caption for each photo or illustration, including a separate caption for each photo in a sequence. Label each caption by the file name of the image. Clearly identify people present in the shots, and clearly mark the photo order and which captions go with which photos. Photo credit should be included for each photo as well, either "courtesy of ..." or "photo by...".

Physical Guidelines:
Articles should be between 1500 to 2500 words for print. There is no limitation on the word count for web submissions. Insert subheads where appropriate. Avoid using the subheads “Introduction” and “Conclusion” within your article. That may be fine for technical or scientific writing, but is inappropriate for a popular newsstand magazine.

Technical Guidelines:
All text submissions must be sent in a format that is readable by Microsoft Word for PC. All photo submissions must be sent in a format that is readable by Adobe Photoshop for PC. When submitting photos by email, separate the photos into separate emails, compress them appropriately, or use a file transfer site.

Submit all materials to:
Gene Ching, Associate Publisher gene@kungfumagazine.com 510-656-5100 X137
Kung Fu Tai Chi, 40748 Encyclopedia Circle, Fremont, CA 94538 USA