Stacey Cook, editorial director
Julie Reynolds, creative director
Charis Hensley, designer
Ross Mulhausen, photographer
Barbara Weist, Web specialist
Circulation: 44,500 worldwide, concentrated in the western United States
Arches is an editorially independent storytelling platform that is guided by the university’s mission to encourage and sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Housed in the Office of Communications, the magazine supports the strategic goals of enhancing and distinguishing the Puget Sound experience, stewarding the university’s identity and reputation, and fostering lifelong relationships within the Puget Sound community. The Arches editorial team strives to capture and convey the Puget Sound ethos through the stories we tell.
Guided by the intellectually curious and humanist values of the liberal arts, we publish writing that joins the conversation and illuminates new perspectives. We tell stories that are relevant to our community and the times we are living in. We amplify voices that are not often heard, and experiences that challenge the dominant narrative. Our purpose is to foster understanding and to fuel connection within our community and beyond.
With the goal of inclusive community-building, we seek to engage an ever-more diverse readership comprised of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff from wide-ranging backgrounds and perspectives. As members of the Puget Sound community, our readers are well-educated critical thinkers engaged in lifelong learning.
We prefer to receive queries and pitches via email. Please note that it’s rare that a pitch will be accepted; most stories are assigned by the editor. When an assignment is accepted, a contract is signed by the editor and writer along with a project agreement, which indicates the length, topic, and deadline of the piece. Arches buys first North American periodical rights. Revisions are often requested, and the editor has discretion in making editorial changes.
Freelance writers are paid 75 cents per word, as assigned. (If you are assigned a 1,000-word piece and you submit 1,250 words, you will be paid for 1,000 words.) Payment will be processed when the article is deemed publishable by the editor and upon receipt of a W-9 form and invoice. Please allow 6–8 weeks for payment.
If you submit a good-faith effort for a project pre-approved by Arches but your work is not accepted for publication, you will be paid a “kill fee” of 50% of the agreed-upon fee. A good-faith effort means a work on the assigned subject that meets the length, topic, and deadline indicated in the project agreement; is factually accurate; and meets ethical standards of journalism. If your work does not represent a good-faith effort or is submitted more than five days past the deadline, Arches has the right to reject the work and to withhold a kill fee.
Revision and editing
Writers are expected to cooperate with the editing and fact-checking process, which may involve several revisions. You may be requested to provide Arches with sources and research materials used in preparing the work, including documents, notes, transcripts and recordings. Arches has the right to alter the spelling, grammar, style, and content of any work to conform to our standards. You will have the opportunity to review final changes before publication. If you do not make requested revisions or cooperate with the editing and fact-checking process, Arches may reject the work and withhold a kill fee.
All work published in Arches is thoroughly fact-checked using secondary sources. It is routine for us to share articles with subjects to check for accuracy of personal facts and quotations, and to ensure that subjects are comfortable with the way they are being portrayed.
Arches uses both stock and assigned photography. We prefer high-quality, high-resolution digital images. We like a variety of images to choose from (two or three dozen), both vertical and horizontal, as well as varying viewpoints and framing. While we often use stock photography to illustrate articles, we have very specific requirements. You are welcome to submit a portfolio; however, please contact us first to let us know it’s coming. Pay varies according to how a photograph is used, and at what size.
We publish Classmates information in both the print edition of Arches and on the Web in the online version. It is our policy not to publish pregnancy or engagement announcements, or candidacies for political office. However, we are happy to print news of births, marriages, and elections to office. Classmates submissions are edited for style, clarity, and length. We put a lot of effort into making sure entries are accurate, but sometimes we slip up. Please let us know if you see incorrect information published in Classmates.
High-resolution digital photos or prints preferred. Kindly identify alumni in the snapshot. Also, please, for baby pictures, include alumni parents in the photo.
Aug. 15 for autumn
Nov. 15 for winter
Feb. 15 for spring
May 15 for summer
To submit a class note, obituary, or scrapbook photo, send us an email at email@example.com.
Images in the pages of Arches that purport to depict reality must be genuine in every way. No content may be added, rearranged, reversed, distorted, or removed from a scene, except for the recognized practice of cropping to omit extraneous outer portions. As to the digital manipulation of photos, the following standards apply:
Persons who have questions or who believe that their copyrights have been infringed upon by the posting of content on this website, may contact the administrators at: Arches, Office of Communications, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St. #1041, Tacoma, WA 98416-1041. Email inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.