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Publication Style Guidelines

Publication Style Guide” Release by The American Legion

The American Legion National Headquarters just released a “Publication Style Guide”.

The style guide has been developed to assist American Legion staff and volunteers to be as consistent as possible in all written communications. The ultimate goal is for articles, press releases, social media posts, brochures, booklets and other published material to have a uniform style. It is designed to offer guidance as to established norms, and is highly recommended for use at every level of the organization.

Sections include:
• quick tips
• the use of abbreviations, acronyms and capitalization
• titles
• military terms and ranks

In most circumstances, The American Legion follows AP style, as outlined in the latest editions of The Associated Press Stylebook and Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

 Legion Publication Style Guide (PDF)

Entry Instructions

For Categories 1 and 2, an identifying cover sheet must be submitted to include the following information, typed or printed neatly:

a. Name, number, city of organization Post, Unit, Squadron, Chapters, (County or District), as applicable
b. Full address of Post, Unit, Squadron, Chapter (County or District)
c. Name of publication
d. Category of entry
e. Frequency of publication
f. Average circulation number
g. Name, mailing address, phone number of Editor
h. Name, mailing address, phone number of entrant, if different from Editor

For Category 3, an identifying cover sheet must be submitted to include the following information, along with copies of three (3) separate, published issues, on a CD and flash drive:

a. Name, number, city of organization Post, Unit, Squadron, Chapters, (County or District), as applicable
b. Full address of Post, Unit, Squadron, Chapter (County or District)
c. Name of publication
d. Category of entry
e. Frequency of publication
f. Average circulation number
g. Name, mailing address, phone number of Editor
h. Name, mailing address, phone number of entrant, if different from Editor

For Category 4, submit the electronic address for your website, along with an identifying cover sheet which includes the following information, typed or printed neatly:

a. Name, number, city of organization Post, Unit, Squadron, Chapters, (County or District), as applicable
b. Full address of Post, Unit, Squadron, Chapter (County or District)
c. Website address (URL)
d. Name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address, of webmaster
e. Name, mailing address, phone number of entrant, and e-mail address, if other than webmaster

IALPA Officers

President
Nick Lucy
Dubuque Post #6
563/580-0418
nrlucy@aol.com

Vice-President
Marvin Behrens
Waverly Post #176
319/352-0798

Treasurer
Arthur J. Sullivan, Jr.
Clermont Post #375
563/255-1949
sullivan@acegroup.cc

Secretary
D.J. “Dan” Hadley
Victor Post #54
641/660-1081
daniel.hadley@FBFS.com

Iowa American Legion Press Association

It is the goal of the Iowa American Legion Press Association (IALPA) to promote better communications within the Legion family and the general public. Members are here to assist editors and webmasters in accomplishing that mission.

Dues in the IALPA are $18/year ($3 goes to the IALPA), and includes membership in the National American Legion Press Association ($15 goes to NALPA). Request for membership should be sent directly to The American Legion of Iowa, ATTN: Business Manager, 720 Lyon St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309. President for the IALPA for the 2018-2019 membership year is Nick Lucy, and he can be contacted at: 783 Fenlon Place, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, or by calling (563) 580-0418.

The Iowa American Legion Press Association (IALPA) hosts an annual Media Contest in four categories. All categories require publication between May 1st and April 30th of the following year. All categories must be a publication of the Legion, ALA, SAL, or Legion Riders or a joint publication of two or more of the three organizations, at the Post, Unit, County, or District level. There is NO entry fee. Entrant need not be a current member of the Iowa American Legion Press Association.

1. Single Sheet (Deadline for submission: April 30)
2. Multiple Sheet (Deadline for submission: April 30)
3. Electronic Newsletter (e-mail) (Deadline for submission: April 30)
4. Website (Deadline for submission: April 30)

All submissions, with required documentation as outlined in the entry instructions, must be mailed to:

The American Legion of Iowa
ATTN:  IALPA
720 Lyon St.
Des Moines, Iowa  50309

Categories 3 and 4, require additional electronic submission to programs@ialegion.org, by the April 30 deadline.

Basics of Judging

Categories 1, 2, 3 will be judged on content of Legion, ALA, SAL, Legion Riders local, county, district, department (state) and national news, as appropriate, clear, concise and balanced writing, make-up, design, and, appearance.

Category 4 will be judged on local information, user-friendliness, the cover sheet which must contain the information listed below the site design, links, appropriateness of information, and, attractiveness.

Awards

Awards are provided by The American Legion, Department of Iowa, and announced at the annual IALPA meeting held at Department Convention, and awarded to the recipients during the business sessions of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary:

a. Each category will recognize a First Place winner, and awarded an appropriate plaque, inscribed with the name of the publication and entrant.
b. Second Place winners will receive  a certificate, inscribed with the name of the publication and entrant.
c. All entries will receive a participation certificate.