Guidelines for Writers

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The College Store magazine welcomes article ideas and submissions from NACS members, committees and task forces, and others in the college store industry. Queries and submissions from freelance writers are also accepted.


All writers receive two complimentary copies of the issue in which the article appeared.



The College Store publishes articles to help collegiate retailers improve their service, operations, and bottom line. We are interested in effective practices, emerging trends, problem solving, and innovations related to running a successful college store.


Topic areas may include: 

  • Merchandising and marketing
  • Campus relations
  • Retail technologies
  • Student shopping behaviors
  • Leadership
  • E-commerce
  • Financial management
  • Digital delivery of course materials
  • Human resources
  • Store design and renovation
  • Launching services and product categories

Articles should be tailored specifically to a college store staff. The writing style should be engaging and lively, similar to that in consumer magazines, rather than scholarly or academic.


The College Store does not publish research papers, book or product reviews, features about vendor companies or individual brands, or articles aimed at a student or faculty audience.


Acceptance of your article or idea for publication is at the discretion of the editor and depends on the magazine's needs at any given time. To ensure your article is right for The College Store, contact the editor first to flesh out your idea before writing.


Article Length

Feature articles generally range from 1,200 to 2,000 words, although other lengths are accepted.


It is up to the writer to ensure all facts are accurate. All submissions will be edited for style, grammar, length, and clarity. If your article is substantially revised, it will be e-mailed to you for review before publication.


Deadline for Submission

In general, articles must be received by the editor no later than one month prior to the publication date, i.e., Feb. 1 for the March/April issue, April 1 for the May/June issue, and so on. The editor reserves the right to assign an earlier deadline or to hold your submission for a later issue.


How to Submit Articles

All submissions should be e-mailed directly to the editor as an attachment, preferably in Microsoft Word. Do not fax articles, mail hard copies, or e-mail articles as text within the body of an e-mail.


Your article should include the writer's name; full writer identification (title, store/institution or company, city, state); suggested headline and deck; and suggested subheads within the body of the article.


If possible, please include photographs, line art, charts, graphs, and/or tables with your submissions. If the artwork is not your own, please make sure you have permission to publish it.


Digital images should be at least 5 inches by 7 inches at 300 dpi in TIFF, EPS, or JPEG formats. Please compress images with WinZip or Stuffit. Do not embed images within the body of a text document.


Make sure each image is clearly identified. Disks and prints will not be returned unless you make prior arrangements with the editor.


Contacting the Editor

E-mail all queries, ideas, and submissions to Michael von Glahn, editor of The College Store, at For more information, call (800) 622-7498, ext. 2304.


Freelance Writers

Freelance writers may request a sample copy of The College Store by e-mailing Assistant Editor Dan Angelo at or calling (800) 622-7498, ext. 2259.


NACS assumes all rights to articles published in The College Store. Payment for freelance assignments is on acceptance and will be determined in advance by mutual agreement.

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