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November 29, 2010 - 17:58

Word count and conventions

Word count

In X-Ray Mag we do not practice presetting specific word counts for feature articles.
Rather than forcing articles into a predefined space we strive build the magazine around the features and not vice versa.

A page is approx. 650 words

To however provide a yardstick: One page of text in a standard Word-document corresponds to a spread (double page) in the magazine once it has been laid out. There is about 650 words pr page.

  • Short, newsy mentions are usually less than a page. Typically 300-600 words.
  • Factual features (i.e. science, ecology, physiology, technical diving, photography,...) are generally 2-4 pages long. That's 1200-2400 words.
  • Travel features and destination reports are usually 4-8 page long. Well... you get the picture.

The desired length and concision

Let the narrative unravel in a natural rhythm but strive to be concise. Aim for the zone in between being long-winded and tersely truncated.

Check pasts issues of the magazine to see how it is usually done

Style conventions as pdf

Please also download the and check your text against it before you submit your final materials.