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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2
H
appy New Year! Once again
it’s time to issue my periodic
invitation to take advantage
of the many opportunities to con-
tribute to the
Journal
. Let me begin
by calling your attention to the author
guidelines on our Web site
(www.afsa.
org/fsj), wh
ich describe the various de-
partments in the magazine and give
the basic requirements (length, format,
etc.) for each. Note that all submis-
sions must be approved by our Edito-
rial Board and are subject to editing for
style, length and format.
Most issues of the
Journal
contain a
focus
section examining various facets
of an issue related to the Foreign Serv-
ice, diplomatic practice or international
relations. (You’ll find a list of the top-
ics our Editorial Board has identified
for the coming year on the facing
page.) This list is a guide to what’s
coming up in 2012, but it isn’t set in
stone.
Because of our lead time for publi-
cation, and the requirement for Edito-
rial Board approval, we need to receive
submissions on focus topics at least
three months (and preferably longer)
prior to the issue’s release date. Thus,
we have already lined up authors for
the January, February and March
themes, but there is still time to sub-
mit manuscripts for later months. Sub-
missions should generally be about
2,000 words long, though shorter
pieces are always welcome.
If none of the focus choices grab
you, or if you feel we have not devoted
enough space to a professional concern
or functional issue, please consider
writing a
feature
article (also generally
2,000 words long, though shorter en-
tries are welcomed) about it for us. Al-
though we will not be holding our
annual fiction contest this year, you are
always welcome to submit short stories
with a Foreign Service theme or set-
ting for publication as feature articles.
We invite those of you who expect
to publish a book this year to send us a
copy (along with promotional materi-
als) for inclusion in our annual compi-
lation of recently published books by
Foreign Service-affiliated authors,
In
Their Own Write
. That issue will run
in November, so
Sept. 1
is the dead-
line for inclusion. For more informa-
tion, contact Senior Editor Susan
Maitra at
maitra@afsa.org.
We continue to welcome submis-
sions for our
FS Heritage
depart-
ment, which spotlights past U.S.
diplomats (either famous or obscure),
as well as issues related to the evolu-
tion of the Foreign Service as an insti-
tution.
Share Your Insights
We take seriously our mission to
give you “news you can use”: informa-
tion about how to advance your ca-
reer; tips on dealing effectively with
the bureaucracy at State and the other
foreign affairs agencies, especially
when you are trying to resolve a prob-
lem; discussion of professional con-
cerns and other issues unique to the
Foreign Service lifestyle; and updates
on how AFSA is working to improve
working and living conditions for For-
eign Service employees and their fam-
ilies.
Much of that coverage is found, of
course, within the pages of
AFSA
News
.
That section offers many dif-
ferent ways for members to share their
experiences, thoughts and concerns re-
garding professional issues.
AFSA
News
Editor Donna Ayerst is inter-
ested in hearing from members about
lessons they’ve learned at post, retire-
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There are many ways
you can share your
insights in our pages.
Let us hear from you.