About the PEN
The PEN is a free community newspaper that has been published by the Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) since 1984. The PEN has been published six times a year: January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October, November-December). In Autumn of 2015, PEN switched to a quarterly publishing schedule, starting with the first Fall Issue on Greening Sacred Spaces (Setpember - November).
Where can I get the PEN?
- In your mailbox by donating to PERC.
- Distribution: Approximately 3,000. Available at community centres and select businesses, churches, etc throughout the city. We are always looking for volunteers to help us expand distribution.
Can I contribute articles and advertising?
- Your group can submit an event notice to be included in the Peace and Environment calendar, free!
- People from all walks of life, from the local community, organizations, and internationally can contribute an article. An experienced editorial team ensures every issue is packed with a variety of articles of consistent quality.
- To defray costs, the PEN also publishes paid commercial ads from organizations that are compatible with PERC's mandate. Support our advertisers! You can ask for advertising rates and submit an ad, or sponsor the feature supplement so that it is distributed with every copy of the PEN.
- Writing Opportunities with the PEN
- Advertising Rates
If you are interested in writing for the PEN, we recommend that you read a few of the back issues to get a feel for the type of issues we cover.
Regular Columns: Currently, the only regular column that is technically unstaffed is Web Watch. Web Watch is a listing of 4-6 web sites of interest to the peace, environment and social justice community. Each listing includes the URL and a one or two sentence description of the site. This position is currently being staffed on a rotational basis.
Articles: Articles are usually between 350-700 words in length. Articles can be assigned, if specific topics need to be covered, but suggestions for article ideas are welcomed. Topics range from profiles of activists and organizations, to local news and events, projects and programs, and longer-term issues that are periodically updated. All must address some aspect of peace, social justice or environment. Topics may focus on national or international projects or themes, but we always try to put a local spin on it - matching a topic with a local group that is working on the same issue.
You can contribute once in a while, or more regularly if you wish. To learn more about joining the editorial committee, please email the editor for details of an upcoming meeting (the average amount of volunteer time spent by editorial members is 12 hours per month).
Deadlines are always mid-quarter prior to publication (1.5 months), e.g. October 15th for the December - February Winter edition, January 15th for the March - May Spring edition.
For new writers, writing for the PEN is an excellent way to develop your portfolio and your expertise in issues and subject matters that interest you.
For professional, or more established writers, articles can sometimes be "recycled" as reprints to other media. The PEN holds the copyright in articles for 30 days after publication, at which time copyright reverts to the author (*note: articles are archived on our site). We do ask, however, that if an article is reprinted, credit be given to the PEN as the first publisher.
Since the PEN is also published on-line, writers can easily point other editors who are interested in your work to articles archived on the web site.
Distribution: 3,000 (to libraries, community centres, food and health shops, book stores, churches, universities and colleges, and many other locations from Gloucester to Kanata).
Online archives go back to 2010; further back issues available at: perc.ca/pen/contents.html
Note: we are no longer updating the old site; archives are offered as a service but no changes or corrections will be made to past information.
The PERC thanks the above organizations for their support.
Thank you to Faith & the Common Good's Ottawa Greening Sacred Spaces Chapter and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the September - November 2015 edition of the PEN.