The Journal of Emergency Dispatch wants to hear about you. We want to hear what it’s like to work in your center, the area you serve, the emergency dispatchers you work alongside, and what you find so unique about the way you do things.

So, here’s your chance.

We are asking members to send us articles about their centers in either of two categories:

  1. IAED accredited center
  2. Non-IAED accredited center that uses any of the Academy’s protocol systems

Winning writers in each category, as selected by our editorial staff, will receive a plaque honoring them and gift cards. The articles are scheduled to be published in the September/October issue of the Journal.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, May 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. Mountain Time

The Basics

  1. The Journal is published to raise awareness, develop critical thinking, and encourage active participation of emergency medical, fire, and police dispatchers in achieving optimal use of protocol in the interest of the communities they serve.
  2. Send an email with your article and photos attached to editor@emergencydispatch.org
  3. Email subject line: Celebrate Your Center Contest.
  4. There may be up to three writers/article. The writers must be IAED certified emergency dispatchers who work at the same center.
  5. Submission deadline (final day articles will be accepted): 3 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, May 11, 2018.
  6. We will notify all contestants of the results by June 22, 2018.
  7. You are welcome to contact us with questions by email: editor@emergencydispatch.org

Simple Rules

  1. Articles must be between 1,000 and 1,200 words.
  2. Submit all pieces in a Word document using Times New Roman 12 pt. font.
  3. Always provide sources. If you make statements that aren’t common knowledge, especially statistics, you must back them up with sources listed at the end of the document.
  4. Send three or more photos of your center (e.g., building inside and out, pix of staff).
  5. Send writer bios (max 50 words per person) and a head and shoulders photos of each writer (for our contributor’s page).
  6. Photo size: (5 inches by 5 inches at 300dpi OR 5 MB).
  7. If your agency has a website, include that as well.
  8. Journal editors will work with the writers (to clarify, check for accuracy, and to fine-tune the piece, if need be).
  9. If your submission is not accepted, stay tuned and resubmit before the next deadline.


  1. Keep your submissions on subject.
  2. We prefer a journalism approach (quotes from staff relevant to the story, such as the center director or someone who has been there a long time).
  3. Read Center Piece articles in back issues of the Journal (also available online) to get an idea of what we’re looking for in your article.
  4. Provide insight into your area (what is unique about the people and area your center serves).
  5. Give numbers (call volume, staff size, geographic size)—these numbers do not have to be part of the article, but can be listed as a sidebar (additional information).
  6. Engage the reader with anecdotes (e.g., lifesaving awards, Facebook posts, how you foster good relationships with the fire, medical, police agencies).
  7. Proofread—submit copy that puts your best foot forward (check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation).