The Academy


Newsletter Submission Guidelines

ISFSI welcomes submissions for the ISFSI Newsletter “The Academy” and the online feed “The Buzz”. Please read the Submission Guidelines and complete the online form for consideration.


Newsletter Submission Guidelines

Please keep in mind that the purpose of our newsletter is to provide training material and features to ISFSI members to enhance the profession in any way possible. Personal essays or editorials are usually not accepted for the newsletter unless they are particularly compelling. Personal essays and editorials will be published on the online blog.

Quality: We strongly encourage authors to submit work tailored specifically to our readership (fire service instructors). Articles written specifically to promote a business or service will be rejected. In addition, ISFSI editors will remove any content that does not fit the guidelines outlined here. We also publish high-quality articles that have been previously printed elsewhere (with permission).

Article Types and Formats: 

  • Content Area Experts
  • How-to/Practicals
  • Case Studies
  • Strategic Perspective
  • Graphics and Videos
  • Quick Drills/Evolutions
  • Training Tips

Length: The length of the article should be dependent on the article content. The editing committee will work with authors to match the article with the appropriate length.

Research: Facts should be well-researched and supported, using the following as suggested resources:

  • Interviews with at least three local sources considered authorities on the topics. Include quotes from them in your article.
  • Journal articles or news stories that support your point. Link to or list these sources so that readers can find out more information.
  • Always use local, real-life situations and people to illustrate your topic.

Photographs: Writers are encouraged to submit photographs and graphics to accompany their articles (high-resolution jpg, gif, and png files accepted, maximum file size 5MB). Photos should illustrate and accurately reflect the topic, issue, and meaning of the article. You must have permission to use photo and graphics.

Deadlines: The newsletter is published every other Friday. Complete articles must be received at least one month prior to publication of content. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication.

Editing: ISFSI works closely with the authors to refine articles for publication. In order to maintain the appropriate content and size of the newsletter, ISFSI reserves the right to reject certain submissions or postpone their publication to a later date. ISFSI also reserves the right to edit, change or omit certain content, including photographs and graphics, as deemed appropriate by the ISFSI newsletter team.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in our newsletter are those of the contributors and not necessarily of ISFSI, however articles will not be published if they do not align with ISFSI mission and vision.