Policy & Guidelines

Submission Policy & Guidelines

The Senior Paper is a copyright protected body of work and may not be reproduced, in whole or in pat in print, digital, audio, video, or otherwise) without our prior express written permission. All submissions to The Senior Paper are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

Submission to The Senior Paper does not guarantee publishing. Photo(s) included with submitted content are published at the discretion of The Senior Paper and submitting a photo (or photos) does not guarantee publishing. The Senior Paper reserves the right to edit all stories and submissions, without exception. In some cases, only an excerpt of a submission may be published. Submissions are given consideration for print on a first-come, first-served basis.

By submitting content to The Senior Paper, you understand and accept that your submitted content may not be considered for publishing, or may be edited in accordance with our editing policies, and to ensure it adheres to generally accepted Canadian journalistic standards, practices, and ethics. While we endeavour to publish all material in a timely manner, due to the large volume of material received, we cannot say when (or if) a submission will be published.

Articles, stories, letters, and all other editorial content:

Your Precious Memory stories should be about events in your own life. We do not accept fictional stories, stories written in the third-person, stories written from a 'creative perspective' or narration, or articles taken from, or that have already appeared in, other publications. You are welcome to write about any event from your life, past and present. If you are unsure of how to write your story, we suggest you write it like you were writing to a dear friend, telling them the story. Handwritten articles are accepted, however, the writing must be clear and legible, especially names, to ensure accuracy.

We welcome stories about your family as well, however, these stories should be about your memories and recollections of family, not written as a tribute to your family members or friends. We do not accept stories written in tribute or biographical stories. We do not accept articles submitted posthumously.

If possible, we prefer the story to be typed, printed, or emailed, but this is not mandatory. Please keep stories to a maximum of 700 words and poems to a maximum of 400 words. Stories over 700 words may be edited for length or returned to the author for editing. Poems over 400 words will be returned.

The following are considered outside our editorial guidelines and as such, we do not accept submissions that: a) are political or religious belief, commentary, or opinion; b) offer or describe specific health or medical advice; c) are profane or have profanity; d) advocate, or could be reasonably interpreted as advocating, any form of harm to humans, animals, and other sentient beings; e) describe or depict cruelty, bullying, violence, abuse, harm, or neglect to persons of any age; f) describe or depict animal and other senitient being cruelty, suffering, or abuse; g) could reasonably be interpreted as glorifying actions that may endanger the welfare of humans, animals, and other sentient beings.

Photographic Memories:

Browse through your old photo album to see if you might have a picture that relates to your story. If not, perhaps there’s another interesting old photo that you have a great story about. Photographs must be of good quality to be reproduced. Please ensure all photograph(s) have information for a caption to be printed with the picture, including (from left to right) names of people in the picture, as well as where and when it was taken. Please print the information so that it is easily readable, as we do not want to misspell people’s names.

For quality purposes, we may not accept photocopies or low quality ink-jet photos. Photo(s) included with submitted content are published at the discretion of The Senior Paper and submitting a photo (or photos) does not guarantee publishing.

We do not accept photos that have have been clipped or copied from other newspapers, magazines, or publications.

Submission Draws:

Subscribers who submit articles or photos will be entered into our monthly draw for cash and other great prizes! The monthly draw prizes are: two (2) - $50 cash prizes, three (3) - one-year free subscriptions, and five (5) - Happy Face Pens. (One draw entry is given for each article or photo, or article/photo combination, up to a maximum of 4 entries per person, per month.) Winners are drawn at random among qualifying entries and notified in writing. Winners are also published in The Senior Paper.

If you have additional questions or would like more information on our submission policy and guidelines, please contact us.