If you have an article or event you would like to share with the network, please submit a document in text format (eg. Word) including the author’s name and title. Please also include a copyright cleared image with a caption recognising the source and/or author of the image.

For other enquiries, please complete the contact form below.

    Publishing of the article is at the discretion of the editorial team.



    What kind of content do we generally accept?

    • The Arts Health Network NSW/ACT (AHNNA) accepts all content that explores concepts related to all aspects of the interplay between arts and health
    • We especially welcome contributions regarding arts and health projects taking place in NSW and the ACT
    • Diverse points of view are important to us; we welcome all perspectives about topics related to arts and the health of priority populations such as Aboriginal Australians, diverse cultural backgrounds and varied sexual orientations
    • Original content should present a unique viewpoint on the relationship between arts and health
    • Some articles can be reposts from other sources, but these must be linked or embedded posts with the source and author clearly identified and permission sort before re-posting
    • We accept articles regarding literature (poetry, story-telling etc.), graphic arts (painting, drawing etc.), sculpture, decorative arts (mosaic, furniture etc.), performing arts (theatre, dance & music) and architecture and more
    • Health is not merely physical wellbeing – it includes emotional, social, cultural and spiritual aspects that contribute to a person’s sense of self and purpose therefore we accept articles relating to a wide range of topics relating to welfare of all people across the world
    • Opinion pieces or personal essays on arts and health
    • Appraisal of research published within the last 10 years regarding arts and health
    • Description of projects and health interventions that utilize art as an instrument of healing
    • Thought pieces raising contentious issues/ debates / musing
    • Examples of projects / models / programs

    What kind of content do we not accept?

    • Posts should not read as advertisements, brochures, marketing pieces or donor solicitations for any event, program or offering, as such posts will discredit the integrity of the blog as a place for discussion of Arts in Health issues.

    General Guidelines

    All Blog Posts are subjected to formatting and content suggestions by the website editors

    • The title should be compelling and adequately encapsulate the content of the post

    • Do not use underline or caps lock
    • Do not use footnotes or reference lists as you are able to link to relevant information or reference information as explained below;
    o If necessary, mention important sources in journalistic style within the text of the article, giving the author’s full name along with the source title, date and publisher (e.g., “according to a study by Rosa Vasquez in the winter 2006 issue of Generations…”)
    • Authors are also encouraged to include recommended readings or useful websites that encourage in-depth exploration of the topic
    • Brevity is encouraged; using short paragraphs, subheadings and/or bullet lists will make your article more concise
    • Check spelling and grammar before submission

    Post length
    • Blog posts should be optimally between 500-800 words for appropriate depth and detail
    • Blog posts should be written for a general public audience meaning that the language should be easily understood and with an informal and engaging tone of voice

    Author By-line
    • At the top of the article, clearly indicate your name in the form in which you wish it to appear in the article by-line
    • You are able to include a one- to two-sentence biographical statement at the end of the text
    • If you wish to link to your website, blog, email or other social media profile this may be included, however AHNNA accepts no responsibility for the currency and consequences of user following such links
    • If you would like to optionally include an image of yourself and/or the author, please provide a clear, close-up headshot of aligning with the image guidelines below

    Image requirements

    Blog editors may need to crop an image to fit our page template
    • All posts must include an accompanying image with an appropriate caption
    • The creator of the image should be acknowledged by providing an image credit and/or source URL (link)
    • The images should be in JPG or PNG format with an appropriate image quality (e.g. at least 200 x 200 pixels)
    • Reproducing copyrighted material is not permitted without the written permission of the copyright owner
    • Photos under Creative Commons licensing agreements (e.g. Flickr) may be used with acknowledgement
    • If you do not know the copyright status of a graphic or image do not submit the image for inclusion

    • Permission from the original author and/or publisher of video content is required
    • Some video content may be re-posted as embedded content with a direct link to the source and credit

    Citing sources
    • You are required to cite research sources
    • Please use Harvard referencing

    • Corrections of grammar, punctuation and editorial flow which are considered minor will not necessarily be sent to the author for approval
    • Large changes such as restructuring of content will be sent to the author for approval prior to publication
    • Approval must be provided prior to publication date otherwise the blog post publication will be delayed

    Guidelines on links
    • Links can be presented in submissions, and although the AHNNA checks these, no responsibility is taken for these being kept current and for any consequences users of the site may encounter from following any of the published links

    Metadata mark-up
    • Please submit recommended meta-tag(s) (word or words describing the general content of the article) in order for the article to be categorised appropriately in the navigation menu
    • Where possible use existing meta-tags list in the navigation menu on the right-hand-side of the website page

    Submission Guidelines
    Accepted formats
    • It is possible to submit content directly over the website’s CONTRIBUTE / SUBMIT AN ARTICLE function listed on the right-hand menu of the website.
    • Attach your article in any current version of Microsoft Word or as plain‐text or rich‐text format (RTF) file
    • AHNNA will not send confirmation of every submission, but we will send you a link if your blog is published.
    • Please note that due to the high volume of submissions received, AHNNA are only able to respond to submissions that have been accepted for publication. We ask that you allow up to two weeks for an initial response from our editorial team. If, at the end of that time, you’ve not heard back from a member of our staff, please assume that we’ve taken a pass on your piece at this time. (But please don’t let that deter you from submitting again!)

    Copyright Information

    By submitting an article and/or images the person submitting must:
    • provide written guarantee that they are wither the original author of the work, or have author’s and/or publisher’s permission to publish and/or repost the content;
    • agree to grant AHNNA permission to publish the content on the Internet over all of its digital and social media channels in perpetuity;
    • agree that If AHNNA publishes the content, AHNNA has the right to but edit, mix, duplicate, use, or re-use it in whole or in part as it so chooses;
    • agree that if authors choose to subsequently republish their contributions to AHNNA in another medium, publication or venue, that reference to the initial publication within AHNNA with full and complete acknowledgment of AHNNA’s rights in the article (including, without limitation, the copyright notice that appears in AHNNA’s original publication of the article) be included;
    • agree that if the content has been previously published, AHNNA will consider republishing as long as (a) the author controls or can arrange the necessary rights to reuse the content indefinitely with any existing copyright holder.

    • Authors retain all rights to their pieces published on any or all of AHNNA’s platforms. If you would like to cross-post or reprint your blog post elsewhere, please include the line ‘This piece was originally published with the Arts Health Network NSW/ACT (AHNNA), including with a link back to the original publication.

    Average review time
    • Please allow 2 weeks for review before expecting a response

    How you will notified
    • Any correspondence will be pursued via the email address provided

    What happens if refused?
    • If you have not received an answer from us within 2 weeks, your submission will not have been accepted
    • We do not give feedback on every blog not accepted or let every writer know what is needed to be changed or improved to make the cut OR If your article is not chosen to be published you will be given reasons why or suggestions for modifications

    Selected posts may be promoted with affiliated AHNNA outlets this includes but is not limited to
    • Social media
    • Email newsletters
    • Affiliated websites

    Blog authors are also encouraged to share their post (via the AHNNA website) on their own social media pages.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are my deadlines?
    • We accept member guest blog submissions on an on-going basis

    Will I be paid for my article?
    • At this time AHNNA does not offer payment for blog posting

    Do I get final say in how the article looks?
    • All articles contributed are subject to professional editing for conformity to our style and length restrictions and authors may occasionally be asked to revise or supplement their contributions with additional details, references or links when necessary.
    • Our objective is to remain faithful to an author’s intent and meaning, but the contingencies of producing the blog preclude seeking approval for required editing.

    Can changes be made after the article is published?
    • Minor edits can be made through email correspondence


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