Write for Us: Contributor Guidelines
Thanks for your interest in writing for The Write Life!
Before you submit, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, email, website, and Twitter handle to the top of your post?
- Included your two-sentence bio at the top of your post? (HTML, please, if you know how!)
- Added two links within your post to other posts on The Write Life? (Use relevant keyword anchors like this.)
- Turned your post into an editable Google Doc? (Because Google can be finicky, that means creating your post as a Google Doc — cutting and pasting if you’ve written it in Word — rather than uploading a Word Doc to Drive.)
If so, you’re ready to submit!
Please share your Google Doc with firstname.lastname@example.org.
No need to send us an email, too; we’ll get a notification when you share (and you can also include a message when you share the Doc by clicking “Add message”).
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our site! We like practical, actionable advice, posts that will help writers on their own writing journey. Please write in the “you” voice as much as possible, then support your advice with personal experience or stories.
Do you pay?
We pay our contributors: $75 per post, and often more for regular contributors with writing experience.
(New contributors must write their first piece for The Write Life with link as payment. After a successful first post, they may choose link or payment.)
Contributors looking to send readers to their website, portfolio or book can opt for a link in their bio in lieu of payment. We see about 450,000 page views each month and have 40,000 email subscribers.
Can I repost my submission on my blog?
No. If we run your post on The Write Life, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website. (Did you know reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved? We try to keep it tidy around here.)
How long should my posts be?
Aim for 600-900 words.
Why do I need to submit via Google Docs?
We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc. If you’ve never shared a Google Doc before, here are easy instructions. (Don’t forget to give us editing power.)
Tip: It’s best to create your post as a Google Doc, rather than uploading a Word Doc to Google. Sometimes if you take the latter route, we can’t edit even if you tell the doc to allow us to do so.
Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?
If you’d like to, go ahead. But we’re happy to consider a draft as well.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to appropriate posts on your site or on any other news site or blog. When you can link to other posts on The Write Life, that makes us happy, too.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about networking. No HTML, please!
Should I write a headline?
That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your Google Doc.
Anything else I should keep in mind?
Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs and lots of white space. Including a few sub-headings is much appreciated, and please use only one space between sentences!
Should I include a photo?
No need. We’ll add one.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there.
What should I do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
We look forward to your contribution!
~ The Write Life Team