Submission Deadlines

Winter Issue: October 15

Spring Issue: January 15

Summer Issue: April 15

Fall Issue: August 15

SPHINX FEATURES/THEMES

SPRING/SUMMER 2015 |  INAUGURAL SSUE

FALL 2017 |  CONVENTION ISSUE

SPHINX MAGAZINE SEGMENTS

Style: THE SPHINX uses AP style. Writers should refer to the latest edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual when writing articles for the magazine. Articles not written in AP style may be returned.

COVER FEATURE | SECONDARY FEATURE
No more than 1,000 words, long-form, in-depth on issues that have the capacity to affect Alpha or is affecting Alpha and the communities we serve. You can also pitch an idea for a thematic cover feature that is affecting the world-at-large and Alpha might have a hand in changing the situation for the better. Good high-resolution digital images that augment the story with a caption that identifies who is in picture(s), if possible. No more than 1,000 words, long-form, same as the cover feature. If you need ideas, please take a look at the “Sphinx Features / Themes” page in this document. High Resolution photos with caption accepted.

LIFE STYLE | EDUCATION | HEALTH | WELLNESS
No more than 200 words, on the connection with Alpha and some important lifestyle, education, health and/or wellness initiative. This isn’t “Brothers on the Move,” this section should come from brothers in the field and focus on the implications that changes or current trends could have on a member personally or professionally.

ARTS | SPORTS | ENTERTAINMENT
No more than 200 words (descriptions of books, audio, video and film projects by, about, or on Alpha brothers or fraternity issues of concern; must include publisher, number of pages, author name, etc.). High-resolution digital image of media accepted. A copy of the work must accompany the submission in order to be considered. A review of the item may be done by a member of the fraternity.

BUSINESS | FINANCE
No more than 200 words, on the connection with young men and business and finance. This section should come from brothers in the field and focus on the current trends could have a member personally or professionally.

POLITICS | SOCIAL JUSTICE
No more than 200 words, on the connection with Alpha and politics and/ or social change. What is going on in the world that brothers should care about, and what should they do now that they know?

BROTHERS ON THE MOVE | CHAPTER NEWS
No more than 150 words (accomplishments of brothers/chapter; community service and advocacy, new positions in workplace, special honors or graduations, degrees, etc.). High-resolution photos with caption accepted.

OMEGA
No more than 150 words, if writing a narrative (include or send raw text on brother’s basic bio; date of birth/death, date/place of initiation; academic degrees and where it was earned; last chapter of membership; any outstanding accomplishments and/or awards; fraternity activities/leadership. High-resolution photos with caption accepted.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1. Speak to your regional or district editor first. All submissions must be handled by your regional representative before it makes it to THE SPHINX magazine.
  2. Discuss proposed feature-length articles with the editor before submission; however, completed and unsolicited articles are also accepted for consideration.
  3. The suggested feature article length is 800 to 1,500 words; however, we accept stories that are shorter or longer in length.
  4. Print quality photographs or graphics may accompany feature articles. Photos should be submitted in JPG or TIF formats. The preferred resolution for photos is 300 DPI. The higher the resolution, the less blur, and the better you look. All photos must be submitted with a caption identifying all people in the photo.
  5. All articles submitted are required to be in Microsoft Word.
  6. All feature articles should be accompanied by a brief biography of the author..
  7. THE SPHINX reserves the right to edit all submissions for length and suitability to a given issue, without final and formal review of the contributor.
  8. Statements of opinion expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of THE SPHINX.
  9. Submission proposals can be e-mailed to: sphinx@apa1906.net.
  10. Final materials should be mailed to: THE SPHINX; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; 2313 St. Paul Street; Baltimore, MD 21218-5211 or e-mailed to SPHINX@apa1906.net.

Disclaimer

  1. Submission of an abstract, synopsis or full article contribution is no guarantee of publication.
  2. THE SPHINX reserves the right to edit all submissions for length and suitability to a given issue, without final and formal review of the contributor.
  3. Statements of opinion expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of THE SPHINX.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Here at THE SPHINX, we want the magazine to focus on the mission of the fraternity. While doing such, we want to recognize the accomplishments and successes of our brothers and chapters. Our readership is diverse, and should be able to relate to and/or take away something impactful that will inspire them to support or get involved with the initiatives of chapters and brothers. We want to show how what we do at Alpha affects the world around us.

When writing your submission to THE SPHINX, here are some things you should keep in mind:

  1. Focus on answering these 3 questions with compelling answers: Who are we? What are we doing (or did we do)? Why does it matter (within Alpha and within the community at large)?

  2. Your goal should not be to get featured in THE SPHINX but rather to live our mission and impact our communities, which is what will drive the focus of our stories here at THE SPHINX.

    ALPHA PHI ALPHA DEVELOPS LEADERS, PROMOTES BROTHERHOOD AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, WHILE PROVIDING SERVICE AND ADVOCACY TO OUR COMMUNITIES.

    Live the mission.

  3. Collaborate: In order to build the brand of Alpha, we have to collaborate with other organizations and individuals; they have to see what we are doing and want to support. As such, when you are writing your submission, include an interview and/or quote from someone who is not an Alpha. This brings the community into the conversation and ultimately broadens our readership.