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Facts & Arguments Essays - Facts & Arguments essays should be on a personal rather than a political subject, and are between 800 and 1000 words in length. We're interested in hearing from you, no matter who you are and where you live. E-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you don't have a computer mail them to Facts & Arguments, The Globe and Mail, 444 Front St. W., Toronto, ON, M5V 2S9. You'll be notified within one month only if your essay is going to be used.
Lives Lived Submissions should be around 500 words in length and should contain basic biographical information; including date of birth, date of death, cause of death, education, marriages, children and career.
Actions speak louder than words, and an anecdote is infinitely preferable to a series of rose-tinted phrases. Don't write that the subject was kind to animals. Instead, tell our readers that the subject rescued a cat from a tree during a rainstorm.
The Globe and Mail publishes Lives Lived because it feels that a person who knows the subject well can impart a personal note that would be missing from a standard obituary. Make sure you do this. Use of the first person is permitted but use it sparingly. After all, the Life Story is about someone else, not about you.
Editors usually demand that a story for publication be objective, but we realize that this might be difficult when the subject is someone who was close to the author. Still, none of us has lived a blameless life and it is a disservice to readers to suggest that your particular subject is the exception. In short, we want to read about both frailties and strengths.