Participating Owner Submission Guidelines

Some of our Participating Owners write monthly column articles as their volunteer contribution. These submissions come from pre-approved Participating Owners and are thanked with a store discount. For more information on volunteering with the Co-op, please visit our Participating Owner Program page.

Key Points: Please submit your article topic by the 7th of the month prior to publication. Your submission should be between 400 and 500 words, and should be sent to no later than the 15th of the month prior to publication.

Please submit your articles using the following guidelines:
– Please submit your column topic to the managing editor by the 7th of each month.
– Please submit final articles by the 15th of the month, for publication in the next month’s issue.
– Artwork and photos are due by noon on the 20th of each month. Early submissions are encouraged and very much appreciated.
– Pre-approved articles must be 400-500 words. Articles may be shortened by the editor to fit available space.
– Please give your article a title and a byline with your name, using “Co-op Volunteer Writer” as your title.
– All submissions must be sent by email. Please attach the article as a .doc- not a .docx- and also paste the article into the body of the email. Send articles to and include the words “Co-op newsletter article” as well as the month of publication in the subject line. Send graphics and photos separately to
– Remember, Co-op is hyphenated (without that hyphen it’s a place where chickens roost).
– Articles about cooking, nutrition, and recipes must include only ingredients sold at the Moscow Food Co-op.
– If you are using a recipe in your column, please do not use recipes that are copyright-protected. Recipes taken directly from books or magazine articles generally are copyrighted and must be avoided. Co-op newsletter writers can use recipes that the writers themselves have altered and renamed.