The Engaged City: Submissions

Photo by Josh Liba (flickr)

Photo by Josh Liba (flickr)


Following our experience over the past year with the Your City Idea voting installation, a public engagement project, and our public space research project, Future Spaces, Future Cape Town intends to open the call for submissions for our compendium or report, The Engaged City.

Through Your City Idea and Future Spaces, we have had the opportunity to learn through engagement with hundreds of people, and we wish to share this and other examples, case studies or information, about ideas or projects focusing on public engagement and public participation in the area of urbanism.

Submission is open to anyone who has an interest in cities and urbanity, and we encourage alternative approaches. Your submission(s) can be in any format, including photography, writing, art etc.

Submissions to


Deadline for the contributions is July 18th 2013.

If you are selected, the Future Cape Town team reserves the right to make minor corrections to spelling and grammar, but all changes will be discussed with the author prior to publication.

Submissions may be individual or collaborative works but must be credited to all contributors.


Please send your contributions to this address:

  • Title of email should be “The Engaged City”.

  • Folder name/ .zip file name: FCT_’theme’_yourname

  • This folder should contain all your individual files

  • File naming: ‘theme’_yourname_txt00 or ‘theme’_yourname_pic00

  • Please number images in order of appearance

  • Please indicate within the main text where you would like images to appear along with relevant credits and captions

Format requirements:


  • Publication is A5 format so please bear this in mind

  • Up to 1000 words max

  • File format: .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word file)

  • Font type: Calibri

  • Text size: 10.5

  • Captions text size: 9

  • Spelling: British English

  • Referencing: APA Style, in text references only, no footnotes



  • File format: .jpeg or .tiff

  • Image size: high quality, 300dpi

  • Crediting: the author assumes full responsibility of copyright issues.

If using images that are not your own, you must obtain relevant permissions and include full credits.

Detailed requirements

1. In order to be successfully published, a submitter must adhere to the following:

     i.         Submissions must adhere to the issue theme in some manner. Where this is not clear to the editorial team, they may request a short explanation from the submitters.

   ii.         Submissions must adhere to the formatting, word length and quality requested of the submission. Where this is not met, and time permitting, the editorial team may request to work with submitters to assist in submission.

  iii.         The publication is aimed to be diverse and balanced i.e. not focused entirely on written pieces or dominated by photographs. To this end, comparative analysis is undertaken to determine the most relevant and complementary submissions are included.

  iv.         Submissions should be in English, or side-by-side translated into English. Although this does not extend to artworks or photographs, accompanying explanatory text should be in English also.

  v.          Editorial Selection: The editorial team will select the contributions that will be published according to the following criteria:

a.           Submission Vetting (where submissions are checked to ensure they meet with the minimum requirements such as formatting, word length, topic etc).

b.           Content Vetting (where submissions are comparatively analysed to determine the correct balance for the issue)

2.  Acceptable Formats for Submission

The following are recognised as standard, acceptable submission formats for the publication:

  1. Non-fiction articles

  2. Short stories

  3. Photograph essays

  4. Collage

  5. Cover images

  6. Poems

  7. A mixture of above formats

Alternatives are of course accepted. Please direct any queries to the citiesplus email.

3. Copyright Infringements:

The author(s) assume full responsibility for copyright: accurate referencing and obtaining any necessary permissions.

In text referencing only, no footnotes.