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Format
: While there is no required length, approximately 400 to 2,000 words is suggested. Use of short paragraphs, bullet points, and subheadings is encouraged. Where possible, provide additional links to Web sites where a reader may explore the topic in greater depth. Use the Additional Comments section of the submission form to include biographical information with links to your Web site and email address if you wish to have that information included.

Topics: Anything related to seed and early stage financing and nurturing of entrepreneurial enterprises is a suitable topic.  Opinion pieces ("Bridging the Funding Valley of Death”; “Finding an Angel Investor in Your Community”, etc.) and your own "Top 10" lists are also suitable submissions.

Editing: CFI has the right to edit your content for spelling, grammar, and/or content. Articles may also be edited slightly for "search engine optimization" purposes. Upon request, writers submitting content will have final review rights before the article is published.

Graphics: If you need to submit illustrations along with your article, please use jpeg format sized no larger than 400 pixels wide.

Author Rights: You will not lose your rights to your work. However, all submissions require the following disclaimer allowing CFI the use of any submitted material while the material still belongs to you to be used as you wish:

"I certify that I am the author or sole owner of the material I am submitting to the Capital Formation Institute (CFI). CFI may reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works and otherwise use the material for any purpose in any form and on any media. I agree to indemnify CFI for all damages and expenses that may be incurred in connection with the material. For details, please see User Agreement below.

Payment: CFI does not pay for user-submitted content. We provide an opportunity to reach a broad audience of the CFI Network. All articles will have a byline. If supplied, an email link and/or Web site link and small bio/sketch will accompany submissions.

Publication: CFI reserves the right to refuse publication of any submitted articles for any reason.

User Agreement

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Although CFI may from time to time monitor or review discussions,  postings, submitted audio comments and other user generated pages on the Site, neither CFI nor its affiliates is under any obligation to do so. You acknowledge that CFI and its affiliates do not control the information available on the user generated pages and that any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content presented or disseminated on any user or member generated pages are those of their respective authors who are solely liable for their content. CFI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on user generated pages.

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