Style guide

New P & I style guide (post by email)

                                         Updated April 2019

We welcome your contributions.

In order to keep our workload under control and to publish articles efficiently and accurately, we ask contributors to keep articles to about 1,000 words, and to follow these simple guidelines.

Below is an illustration of our post by email layout from one who might have contributed had Pearls and Irritations been active in 1949. 

From: you
To:   postbyemail (at
CC:  contributions (at
Subject: BEN CHIFLEY. The Light on the Hill

I try to think of the Labor movement, not as putting an extra sixpence into somebody’s pocket, or making somebody Prime Minister or Premier, but as a movement bringing something better to the people, better standards of living, greater happiness to the mass of the people.  (about 5 lines. This summary will appear in the daily email)

[more] (These shortcodes – lower case and in square brackets – must be embedded in your email to configure various aspects of the published post.)

I have had the privilege of leading the Labor Party for nearly four years. They have not been easy times and it has not been an easy job. It is a man‑killing job and would be impossible if it were not for the help of my colleagues and members of the movement. (Single spacing between paragraphs.)

We have a great objective ‘the light on the hill’ which we aim to reach by working for the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand. If it were not for that, the Labor movement would not be worth fighting for.

If the movement can make someone more comfortable, give to some father or mother a greater feeling of security for their children, a feeling that if a depression comes there will be work, that the government is striving its hardest to do its best, then the Labor movement will be completely justified.

It does not matter about persons like me who have our limitations. I only hope that the generosity, kindliness and friendliness shown to me by thousands of my colleagues in the Labor movement will continue to be given to the movement and add zest to its work.

Ben Chifley was the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1945 to 1949. (A brief c.v. in italics should be included in all your articles)

[category politics] (Select category for your article in list on right side of website)

[status draft] . (John will make final decision to publish from drafts posted to the website.)

[end] (Nothing below this line will appear on your article when posted)

We prefer to keep posts free from photos, footnotes, etc. Graphs and tables can be included (resolution 640 pixels). If you have difficulty, please contact Ian McAuley (Ian at, who is able to help with some technical aspects of posting.

When posting by email, italics and bold formatting work well, but colours and font changes do not. Include hyperlinks embedded in relevant text, and please check that your hyperlinks are live. Avoid hyperlinks for pay-walled pages. Hyperlinks to previous P & I articles will be added by an editor.

And finally – after publication, check the website to view comments on your post.