Guidelines for Submitting Articles to the World Tribune

We sincerely thank you for your interest in the World Tribune. Your submissions are a valuable resource to our readers all over the United States. On this page, you will find various guidelines for submitting materials to the World Tribune.

What an Experience Looks Like:

Purpose of experiences:
To inform and inspire World Tribune readers about the practice of Nichiren Buddhism and to illuminate the process of human revolution.

Length:
Experiences of any length may be submitted, but the final published form will typically be 900 words.

Perspective:
Experiences should be written in first person ("I").

Content:
It's helpful to stick to one story line with a clear beginning, middle and end. A World Tribune editor will work with each SGI-USA member submitting an experience to prepare it for publication. However, before submission, an experience should answer the following questions:

  • What was the problem or obstacle?
  • How was the problem/obstacle overcome with Nichiren Buddhist practice?
  • What was the turning point, the human revolution?
  • What was the resolution?
    • What passage from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin or SGI President Ikeda's encouragement inspired you?

Experience Categories:

We are interested in experiences of all types. The following categories are not the only sources of experiences, but they're a good place to start:

Pioneer:
Thirty or more years of practice; 60 years of age or older.

Youth:
Including elementary school division, junior high and high school divisions, young men's division, young women's division.

New Member:
One year of practice or less.

Sharing Buddhism:
How introducing another person to Buddhism helped everyone involved transform their lives.

Soka Education:
Former and current students and teachers who want to share how Soka education has helped to shape their lives (may or may not be related to Soka University of America).

Contribution:
Contribution experiences should reflect sincere desire to support kosen-rufu. Caution: avoid the suggestion that people are buying benefit.

Health:
Including overcoming addiction, cancer, disease, severe injury, etc.

Career:
How Nichiren Buddhist practice helped facilitate success in your business or career.

Family:
Parents and children; family and parenting issues.

Relationships:
Similar to family; may include friendships, work colleagues, etc.

Photographs:
Photos are very important—they bring the experience to life and draw readers into the story. If an experience is selected for publication, the World Tribune staff will locate a volunteer photographer in your area, and work with you to take your photograph.

Other Information:

  • If an experience is selected for publication, the person whose story it is will be contacted directly. Please include contact information including phone number and email (or mailing) address.
    (NOTE: The World Tribune does not print experiences from members practicing outside of the United States.)
  • Please keep in mind that it might be months before each experience is considered for publication as we receive many submissions and can only print one per week.
  • Be sure to provide citations for quotations. (Example: "When deluded one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha" (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, pg. 4).
  • Submissions can be sent to your territory bureau chief or to msoto@sgi-usa.org, (310) 260-8941.