Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I write for Alte? Even if I'm not a Ravenclaw?
- What should I write about?
- Does my topic need to be approved?
- How long does my article need to be?
- How many points can I earn per issue?
- Can I be an editor?
- I have an excellent Column Idea, how do I apply for one?
- Where do I submit my article?
- What kind of references should I use/include?
- How often is Alte published?
Can I write for Alte? Even if I'm not a Ravenclaw?
Of course you can! We'd love to get submissions from all houses. The only requirement is that you must have your idea approved and that you submit your finished product before the deadline.
What should I write about?
Anything you like. Whatever interests you at the moment. Something you’ve always wondered about. A subject you’re studying in school. Anything goes, as long as it’s HOL appropriate. If you’re stuck for ideas, talk to one of the editors. We can help you get ideas.
Small note: The Alte does not accept short stories. If you'd like to showcase your short stories or fiction etc., why not check out the Bingo or Drabble Babble we host here on Alte?
Does my topic need to be approved?
Yup. Post your idea here for approval before you write it. If you do not yet have an account on the Roost, you may also send a HOL message to one of the editors, but we prefer that those who can, post in the thread on the Roost as that keeps things collected in one place. Keep in mind that even with an approved topic, your article may still be unpublished for certain reasons.
We may have approved your ideas for submissions, but this doesn’t mean that we will most definitely publish your submitted work. All submissions, also those that do not need prior approval, must be appropriate and meet the quality standards of the Alte. If that is not the case we will either talk to you about improving the submission or let you know the submission has been rejected in those rare cases where we judge the subject matter inappropriate for publishing.
How long does my article need to be?
As long as you need it to be. Seriously. It can be anywhere from a paragraph or two (300 words-ish) to several pages. Keep in mind how much you need to write to cover the subject, and how much people really want to read. If you’re looking at an epic, that’s great, talk to us about turning it into a series.
How many points can I earn per issue?
For regular submissions you can earn up to 50 points. If you also participate in the offered Drabble Babble, Photography and Bingo, that can earn you an additional 40 points.
Can I be an editor?
Positions for anything other than writers (editors, webmasters, etc.) will be announced in the Alte forum and the website when there are openings and we’ll tell you how to apply there.
I have an excellent Column Idea, how do I apply for one?
Send your column idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please include a written excerpt of what you might write in your column. If you send an entire sample article, and if the column is approved, the sample article can count as your issue article (unless you would rather write another one). Keep in mind, once you apply for a column, you are expected to write an article for that column for at least every other issue (if not every issue).
If you already have a column and you'd like to renew it for the next school year, just let us know! We don't need another sample from you, but will just automatically add you back onto the list of expected submissions. That said, the converse will happen as well: if we don't hear from you about your column, we're going to assume it's not happening for the next school year and will take it off the list.
Where do I submit my article?
Send your article to email@example.com. Be sure to include the title in the email, and your full HOL name and HOL house, so we know who to credit. Don’t forget to include your references.
Note: DO NOT send it in the Contact form below. Those are only for questions, idea approvals, and other short queries.
What kind of references should I use/include?
You can use the internet, your local library, encyclopedias, whatever. Just be sure to include links to any sites you used, or the titles and authors of any books that you’ve alluded to.
Plagiarized articles are immediately crumpled, shredded, tossed out the window, and buried deep under an abyss that no one can get out of (not to mention you are risking valuable HOL points). Consider yourselves warned.
How often is Alte published?
Alte will be updated/published approximately every other month. Depending on the number of issues received, however, there might be the case that an issue will come out in the consecutive month.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to email the Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATED: 12th November 2018
* Articles: 10 each (max 20)
* Graphics: 10 each (max 20)
* Extra: 10 each (max 10)
* DBC: 5 each (max 20)
* Bingo: 10 each (max 20)
TOTAL: 90 max
Editors earn up to 30 points on Editor-in-Chief's discretion.
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