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Kendo World 6.4 - Call for Submissions


  • Kendo World 6.4 - Call for Submissions

    Call for Submissions

    Kendo World is looking for submissions for issue 6.4, which is due to be published in June 2013 and will be available as either as a Kindle eBook or a hardcopy via P.O.D. (print on demand).

    If you have been to an interesting kendo seminar or competition or have read an enlightening kendo book or article, and would like to write about it, please get in touch and share your thoughts with the readers of Kendo World. However, we are not only looking for articles on kendo - we also cover iaido, naginata, jukendo and tankendo; different forms of kobudo; items of a spiritual, philosophical or historical nature that are related to Japanese martial culture.

    Please send your submissions, or ideas or questions about an article, to and We are looking forward to hearing from you! The deadline for submissions is May 15.

    The Kendo World Team

    Kendo World Style Sheet

    Thank you for your interest in submitting an article to Kendo World. We appreciate you taking the time to read through this style sheet to give you a general idea of our editorial protocols. Not all of these rules will apply to your article, so please do not hesitate to contact the editorial staff if you have any questions.

    Once an article is published by Kendo World, we reserve the right to republish it in original or translated form, in print or digitally. Please contact Kendo World if you wish to reuse your article in some other medium after publication (eg. your own HP etc.). As a rule, we ask you to wait until the next issue of the magazine has been published, and that you credit Kendo World when used elsewhere.

    Kind of articles:
    As Kendo World is published bi-annually (June and December), articles concerning tournaments will usually become outdated. We are particularly interested in content concerning club or federation history and activities, technical analysis, martial art history, culture, personal experience and so on. Articles which KW considers to be out of place in the printed magazine may alternatively be published on the Kendo World homepage. In principle, articles should be relevant to kendo, classical sword arts, jodo, iaido, naginata, jukendo, or Japanese culture in general. Interviews with notable practitioners and sensei are also very welcome. There are no limits on word length.

    Graphics and photographs are a very welcomed addition to submitted articles. Make sure that images are 300Dpi or more to ensure quality printing.

    Please send articles as WORD files (not PDF). If there are graphics accompanying the article, send them as separate files without embedding them in the text. Start each sentence with a single space after full stops.

    Style rules:

    • As a rule, Japanese words are italicised and use macrons for long vowel sounds.
    • The names of the modern Japanese budo are treated as Anglicised words, and as such, are not capitalised or italicised, and do not use macrons for long vowel sounds. For example, kendo rather than kendō, or judo rather than Judo.
    • Other Anglicised Japanese words include: bushido, dojo, kendoka, kenshi, sensei.
    • If these words are italicised when quoting another work, the format of the original text takes precedence.
    • Proper nouns such as Nippon Kendo Kata, Dai Nippon Butoku-kai, All Japan Kendo Federation, Nippon Budokan, Kodokan etc. are not italicised nor are macrons used for long vowel sounds. Common place names such as Tokyo, Osaka etc. do not need macrons.
    • Japanese names are written in the traditional order of family name, followed by given name. Macrons are used for long vowel sounds, i.e. Satō Tarō, not Taro Sato. Exceptions to this rule are made for persons of Japanese descent who were born or raised overseas, and usually write their name in the Western way. In such a case, Taro Sato rather than Satō Tarō.
    • When the honorific sensei is added to a persons name, it is done so with a hyphen and the s is not capitalised, i.e. Satō-sensei is a widely respected teacher.
    • Numbers one through to ten should generally be written as words. All numbers 11 and above should be written as numerals.
    • Grades are written in the following format: ikkyū, shodan, 2-dan, 3-dan etc.
    • Dan grades including shō are written in the following format: R6-dan, R7-dan, K7-dan, K8-dan and H8-dan. Renshi, Kyōshi and Hanshi are not italicised and the first letter is capitalised.
    • The names of ryūha (classical schools) are not italicised, but use macrons for long vowel sounds, i.e. Ono-ha Ittō-ryū, not Ono-ha Ittō-ryū.
    • The names of techniques are italicised and use macrons, i.e. Dō-kiriotoshi-men is a famous technique in the Ono-ha Ittō-ryū.
    • Japanese words are not pluralised, i.e. There were many sensei present. not There were many senseis present.
    • Italicise the names of books, periodicals or films that are mentioned in an article, i.e. Victor Harris translation of Miyamoto Musashis Gorin-no-sho was the first in the English language, and was published as The Book of Five Rings.
    • The translation of the title of a Japanese book is not italicised, and is written in parentheses following the original Japanese name, i.e. Budō Shoshinshū (The Beginners Book of Bushido) was written in..
    • Use quotation marks (not italics) to identify quoted text. If the quoted material is longer than three lines, indent the text without using quotation marks.
    • Dates are written in the month, day, year format, i.e. June 30, 2013.

    Endnotes and References:
    Please footnote and add references when required. There are a number of different styles for referencing but please use the following format:
    M. Miyamoto, Kendo is My Life, p. 321
    M. Miyamoto, Two Sticks are Better than One, Kendo World Journal (Vol. 1 No. 1, 2001), pp. 12~18
    Miyamoto, M. Kendo is My Life, Tokyo: Bunkasha International, 2013
    Tsukahara, B. Fencing for Dummies, Boston: Harvard University Press, 2011

    Submitting the article by mail:
    Article submissions should be sent to and With any submissions sent to these addresses it will be assumed that the author has understood and agreed to the abovementioned terms. Please also be sure to include your postal address and contact details, as well as a short (100 word) profile of yourself. Thank you very much for your contribution.

    • KurtSchmucker
      KurtSchmucker commented
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      Can you add a link to any 'author kit' or suggested template for article submissions?

    • Alex
      Alex commented
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      Hi Kurt,
      Good point. Will put that up soon.

    • Herringbone
      Herringbone commented
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      Hi Alex,

      I may be sending in one final revision to my article as I found two small glitches. Nothing earth shattering, just small stuff.
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