The Regular Joe is looking for stories about local businesses, artists, and authors. Still, we may be interested in others as long as the story focuses on a single topic. The topic can be as simple or complex as you like. Our goal is to add value and insight to Northwest Missouri residents and tourists.
Articles must be well written and edited. Writing is all about revising. Please do not send first drafts. Your submission will be reviewed by the editorial staff, and you will be notified within a few weeks of your submission’s status. If you are writing about local businesses, artists, or authors in Northwest Missouri, you are welcome to submit a pitch before interviewing subjects and drafting the story. Regular Joe editorial staff will reach out if interested and coordinate details.
All articles will be edited for narration, AP, and Regular Joe style. If time permits, drafts will be shared with the author before publishing. If accepted for print, compensation for feature stories will be coordinated before publication. Thanks for reading the Joe, and we wish you luck with all of your literary, business, and artistic adventures!
Feature Story – 800 to 1800 words
- Feature stories generally include at least one interviewee and a strong narrative flow with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
News and information – 300 to 500 words
- News and information articles are generally about an event that happened or a topic of interest. They do not have to have quotes or a strong narrative.
Personal Essay and Reflections – 400 to 800 words
Promotional Articles – 300 to 600 words
Please ensure your event is further out for print submission since The Regular Joe is printed quarterly. We’re happy to review and publish as quickly as possible for online submission.
If you’re unsure which category your story fits, don’t worry! Submit, and we’ll take a look.