The Toastmaster magazine prizes originality, depth of research, timeliness, and excellence of expression. The magazine accepts unsolicited article queries and story ideas. Before you submit, please review the Writer and Photo Guidelines below. If your query is selected for a full article, it will be subject to editing for length and clarity. Articles and photos may be published in the print and/or digital editions.
For general article submissions, please complete the article submission form and send via email to email@example.com. Articles are reviewed in the order they are received. Our response time to submissions varies from four to six weeks. Due to the high volume of submissions, we cannot provide individualized feedback.
If you have an idea or topic that would make a good story, but you’re not interested in writing it, please fill out and submit this form.
All submissions must:
- Be sent via email and include your name, address, and club name(s)
- Be written in clear and concise English
- Feature topics relevant to an international audience
- Include tangible tips, compelling anecdotes, and/or examples
- Offer verifiable sources and/or quotes from experts
- Avoid political, religious, or controversial slants
The Toastmaster looks for:
- How-to stories (educational and professional)
- Industry-related topics, such as communication, leadership, and public speaking
- Tips and lists on Toastmasters-specific items
- Profiles of members and clubs
Before submitting a query, ask yourself:
- How will this topic help readers become more informed? What takeaway will it provide?
- Why is this particular idea relevant to readers?
- Will this topic appeal to an international audience?
- Are you the best person to write this piece?
- Do you have any creative elements to make your idea more multifaceted (photos, video, sidebars)?
The Toastmaster accepts full articles for the following:
Letters to the Editor
The magazine accepts 200-word submissions pertaining to articles and opinions regarding the magazine or an experience with Toastmasters.
Submit a first-person account of a meaningful or relevant experience gained from or tied to Toastmasters. Personal essays for the My Turn column can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Toastmaster online for examples of My Turns.
- Send complete articles only, within 700 words
- Include a high-resolution photo with your article
Member and Club Success Stories
The magazine accepts 300-word articles about yourself, another member's success, or a club’s achievements. Please also send a high-resolution photo, 1MB or larger, with your submission.
Photo and Video Guidelines
By submitting photos and videos, you authorize Toastmasters International to publish any or all photos in the printed Toastmaster magazine and any and all photos and videos electronically in the digital magazine and/or on the Toastmasters website and social media platforms.
All photo submissions can be sent to email@example.com. Each email is limited to 25 megabytes (25MB). If your files are too large, please attach in separate email messages or send via Dropbox. Photos and videos picturing Toastmasters materials (banners, lecterns, badges, etc.) must reflect the current branding guidelines. No photos or videos with explicit material will be accepted. All photos and videos are subject to review.
We accept photos in the following sections:
- Photos must be in .jpg format at a resolution of 300dpi or least one megabyte (1MB) to be considered for print
- Photos with a lower resolution will still be considered for the digital magazine
- Photos must be clear, in focus, and not blurry
- Include your contact information, club name, location where the image was taken, and a caption for each image
- Please indicate whether your photo needs to be attributed to a specific person or business
- Videos must be in .mp4 format and are preferred at 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution
- Videos must be shot in landscape/horizontal mode
- Videos must be shot in good lighting with quality sound and have stable footage (overly shaky camera footage will not be accepted)
- Include your contact information, club name, location where video was taken, and a caption for your video