PW is written by enthusiasts, not professional writers.
We encourage all our readers to contribute to the magazine and
there are several ways to do so including:
Readers’ Letters Page
We print letters on any subject connected with the plastic figure
hobby; response to previous letters or articles; your comments
on newly released figures; information on where you can buy
plastic figures or museums that display them, or you can recommend
your favourite dealer or shop.
You could write on any of the following
Your favourite figures - just a few lines on your own all-time
Identifying unknown figures – just send in a photo and
other readers will be sure to know what it is
Single articles – on any subject as long as it is related
to the plastic toy figure hobby
Feature Articles – larger contributions on specific subjects
Series of articles on a range of figures, or a specific type
The ideal articles for PW are about 200 words and two or three
If you intend to write feature articles, which could take up
a lot of time and effort, it is best to check with the editor
before starting work. There may already be articles contributed
on the same subject.
PW issue are prepared some time in advance of printing, so never
submit anything for ‘the next issue’ or anything
seasonal, eg: Christmas articles received in November would
have to wait until the following year. Topical issues may be
out of date by the time they are published.
If you are writing a series it is best not to write too many
parts too far ahead. Things may change or new information may
come to light before the parts are published.
Large feature article or series have to be made to fit the available
space. They may have to be split into smaller parts or sections.
A ‘series’ in PW rarely runs in every consecutive
The words don’t have to be typed, but if you write them
by hand please make sure they are clear and readable with plenty
of space between words and lines. We can accept text on diskette
or CD if in Word format. We cannot accept photos in this format
We can only accept original prints of photographs. We cannot
use scans, computer print-outs, photocopies, slides, or photos
emailed as attachments. On some occasions we would be willing
to accept a small number of negatives for developing prior to
printing. In some cases we can provide an existing photo from
stock, but this is not recommended.
Photos can be either colour or black-and-white, but must be
clear, well focused, well lit and close-up. They don’t
have to be technically perfect or artistic.
Please take the photos against a plain background: NO furniture,
curtains, flowery wallpaper, pets or other domestic items in
the background please.
The ideal size for photos is 6-inches by 4-inches (150mm by
100mm). We will enlarge or reduce them as necessary.
We can use good quality sketches or drawings. Please keep them
simple and on plain unlined paper separate to any text.
NEVER write captions on the back of illustrations or photos.
Often photos have to be returned as unusable because the caption
has been written on the back in black felt-tip marker. This
always shows thorough when printed, and sometimes stains the
front of the photo next to it.
Put a small sticky label in one corner of the photo and write
on an identifying number with a light pencil only. Then list
all captions on a separate piece of paper.
If you would like to contribute to PW but you are unsure about
how to do it, please contact the editorial office by phone,
fax or Email.