Write for The New Planner

Do you have insights into an important planning project or trend? Have your byline appear in APA's online publication for students and new professionals, The New Planner. We need case studies and feature articles — penned by student and new professional APA members — for future issues.

Stipends are available for features and case studies selected for publication.

Call for Submissions

The editor, Natalie Macris, invites APA student members to contact her about the following:

  • Feature articles: Explore current planning issues, document new research, or explain planning techniques
  • Case studies: Examine one or more planning projects, explain lessons learned from on-the-ground planning efforts
  • Book reviews: Share your thoughts on a planning book that shifted your perspective, motivated you, or informed you about something you didn't know before
  • Campus spotlights: Report on a project, activity, or program undertaken by your planning student organization or discuss a hot topic on your campus

Editor Natalie Macris invites APA's non-student members to contact her about articles on career development, including:

  • Networking and interviewing skills
  • Polishing your resume
  • Finding the best fit
  • Dealing with career transitions
  • Making the most of a summer internship

Guidelines for Submissions

Submissions and Inquiries

Send your proposals for consideration to TheNewPlanner@planning.org

Writing Guidelines

Accuracy and proper attribution of sources are essential. Authors are responsible for fact-checking their articles prior to submission, noting all sources, and obtaining written permission to use any copyrighted material.

Other suggestions:

  • Use a clear, non-technical style
  • Avoid jargon and explain acronyms on first reference
  • State the importance or timeliness of the topic near the beginning of the article
  • Describe your experience with the topic, if applicable, near the beginning of the article
  • Focus on how a program or technique has worked or on how new research may apply to planning practice
  • Provide political and economic context

Feature Articles / Case Studies

  • Length: 1,000 to 2,000 words
  • Divide text into shorter "chapters" to make online reading easier
  • Include supporting graphics (i.e., photos, maps, charts, etc.) to add interest (see specifications, below)

Book Reviews

  • Length: 200 to 500 words
  • Include all information about the publication (title, author, date, publisher, number of pages, etc.)

Campus Spotlights

Campus spotlight articles may be more informal than other articles, but must contain information of interest to students and new professional planners across the country.

  • Length: 200-500 words
  • Include specifics of event or program (dates, location, etc.)
  • Including supporting graphics (i.e., action shots, webpages, etc.) that add visual interest and further describe the event.


The New Planner follows The Chicago Manual of Style.


Submit all images separately with reference points within the text.

  • Graphics: Charts, graphs, maps, etc. Submit them as separate .pdf, .gif, or .jpg files.
  • Photographs: Submit as separate .gif or .jpg files no smaller than 600 pixels wide. Resolution of 300 dpi preferred.
  • Caption: One for each image or group of images.
  • Credit: The photographer's name and written permission to use the image in The New Planner, an online publication of the American Planning Association.
  • Individuals pictured: Identify each with name and school/organization.


Student authors of feature articles and case studies chosen for publication will receive a stipend of $50.