Chamber Executive Author Guidelines

ACCE is always looking for talented chamber professionals who like to write articles that help readers do their jobs better. Not only will your story appear in an award-winning magazine, you'll earn five points toward your Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation.

Review the author qualifications below, and if you're interested, contact the Editor.

  • At least three years of experience in a chamber of commerce or economic development
  • Currently employed in the chamber profession
  • Willing to conduct some interviews or gather other background material for the article

Chamber Executive articles feature best practices and proven solutions to common issues facing chamber professionals. Help us by sharing your insights, approaches and lessons learned as a result of a challenging situation.

Tips for Getting Started

Review past issues to get an idea of our outlook and style.

Write from experience. Choose a topic you feel comfortable talking about, then focus on the valuable lessons you've learned. Think beyond your own chamber, and show readers how they might use what you've learned. In writing your article, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How can other chambers adapt what I've done?
  • How can other chambers avoid barriers and pitfalls I've learned about, and how can they use what I write to advance the interests of their chambers?
  • What resources, (time and money), are involved?

Be concise but tell the whole story. Make your article as practical as possible and include real world examples and "how-to" information. Stick to the basics or what readers need to know to follow in your footsteps. Keep sentences short and simple. Write as you would speak. Use as many details as you can to illustrate and clarify.

Submitting Your Article

  • Articles should be no more than four double-spaced pages (1,500 words maximum) and follow Associated Press (AP) editorial style. Typical articles are between 900 - 1,200 words.
  • Please include a brief biography and contact information at the end of the article, including your name, title, suffix, and company/chamber.
  • Submit your article as a Microsoft Word attachment in an e-mail to the Editor
  • Please refrain from using automatic formatting features, such as bullets or boldface, in your article.
  • Submit any charts, tables, graphics, or photos that support your article in separate files.
  • Allow four to six weeks for review of your article. Publishing will be on a space-permitting, topic appropriate basis.
  • If you are submitting the article simultaneously to any other publication, please notify us in writing at the time of submission.