scott.stanfield.torch.headshTake seriously the 3,000-word limit, equivalent to 30 minutes of presentation. Several submitters have asked me to pare down their manuscripts, some with as many as 5,500 words. I would much prefer you do the cutting yourself, since you know what you really want to say. While I am able to find ways to simplify and condense, it takes me quite a while, since I must try to think like the author. To do this with several papers is not possible within the editorial time available for one issue. I can sometimes accommodate a paper of 3,500 to 4,000 words, but only if another manuscript selected for the same issue is less than 3,000 words.

Remember what you have been taught about concise writing. Avoid a series of simple sentences, choosing instead to embed the main clause within a larger sentence. Re-cast the ideas that are expressed in the adjacent but less-important main clauses into modifying subordinate clauses, or participial or prepositional phrases that support the main clause in this larger sentence.

Let the facts speak for themselves; don’t call attention to yourself with “I think” or even “you will see for yourself.” The writer/reader relationship is one of logical inquiry, not that of a cozy fireside chat. Here is where many Torch presentations (offered in a cozy “fireside” environment after a filling meal and hearty fellowship) need to go through something of a conversion experience to be ready for a wider readership.

Help your reader track the sources of your assertions. It is not necessary to clutter a manuscript with footnotes within the text (except after a specific reference or quote), but a bibliography is essential, preceded by notes that match up with any textual footnotes. Follow the formats specified in Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers…, 7th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007). Examples: Writers…, 7th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007). Examples:

Endnote (corresponding to a superscript number in the text): 1. Jared Diamond. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1997), 47-48. Societies (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1997), 47-48. Bibliography: Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1997.

Submissions of papers for publication in The Torch Magazine must be submitted by the be sponsoring club’s secretary or president as an MSWord document email attachment word document file to James Coppinger, IATC executive secretary. To be eligible, the paper must be authored by an active Torch Club member and the paper presented as a talk to the club.

To submit a paper for consideration in the Torch Magazine, simply have an officer of the local Torch Club email an electronic file (WORD document) to

In the body of the email, please provide:

  1. Torch Club name
  2. Author’s full name
  3. Title of the paper
  4. Date presented to the club (month, date and year).
  5. Author’s email address
  6. Author’s phone number (including area code)

We no longer accept hardcopy manuscripts. All submissions must be in a word document format.


Thank you for taking the time to prepare your Torch club presentation for publication.

Scott Stanfield, Torch Editor