Submission Policy

Submissions to Black Ottawa Scene

We welcome feature articles, short stories, book reviews, movie and entertainment reviews, human interest stories, as well as reports on cultural and social events with pics (weddings, anniversaries, graduations etc.), that showcase people of African descent, or speak directly or indirectly to the Black experience. We request that you include a photo of yourself plus a short bio to go with your submission. We also recommend a max of 800 words per article; our experience is that readers tend to be turned off by lengthy postings.

We appreciate all submissions of reports, photographs, articles, and letters to the Editor, but do not guarantee that they will be posted on Black Ottawa Scene. The Editor makes the final decision on material to be published.

By submitting your material to Black Ottawa Scene, you give Black Ottawa Scene permission to publish it in any medium in which Black Ottawa Scene may be published and at no cost to Black Ottawa Scene. This permission shall continue until you ask us in writing to take the submission off the website.  We do not accept illegal, defamatory, offensive, hate-based or obscene materials. If you submit photographs, please make sure that you have permission for publication in Black Ottawa Scene of all identifiable individuals in each picture. All submissions must be original and must not infringe the copyright of any third party. The copyright in all submissions to Black Ottawa Scene remains with the author. Note that contributors do so in a volunteer capacity; Black Ottawa Scene does not pay any remuneration to reporters, photographers, feature writers or guest columnists.

Black Ottawa Scene reserves the right to verify the identity of any person submitting photographs, articles, or letters to the Editor. All contributions must be accompanied by the full name, telephone number, street address and e-mail address of the contributor. Only the name of the contributor will be published. Other personal information will be retained by Black Ottawa Scene in order to communicate with the contributor and will be deleted within two years of the last contribution.

Paid advertisements

Black Ottawa Scene appreciates and welcomes paid advertisements from individuals, government, private commercial companies, public community organizations, non-government organisations, political parties, religious and social organisations. Paid adverts help to off-set the overhead costs of production and publication of  Black Ottawa Scene, including web-hosting, domain name, photographic and other electronic equipment and supplies etc. The rates have been kept to a minimum to make this medium accessible and affordable to not-for-profit community organisations.  Black Ottawa Scene is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit community-oriented publication, with a mission to showcase people and events in the Black community in Canada’s national capital region. To obtain a copy of our advertising rates, please contact: