Tune into our vibe. We are all about belonging, an invitation to the party. Tough love and bold intentions, while staying kind, soul-centered and forward-facing. Sometimes a little swear-y and a strong belief we are all magic, àla Olivia Newton-John. Check out the manifesto or really any page.
Have a point(s). Let’s not navel-gaze our way through a personal experience. Leave a gift for the reader; a lesson, permission, questions to consider, a to-do list. The writing is the wrapping paper.
Seek originality. Granted, there is nothing new in this world. However, we love fresh ideas and interesting perspectives. That thing you’ve been biting your lip about rather than say out loud? That’s the good stuff.
Keep it awesome, keep it casual. This is sharing a story by the campfire, not a presentation to a scientific panel. Write the way you talk, so we can hear your voice, love.
Be mindful of inclusion and cultural appropriation. For example, consider that an article about a First Nations ceremony would be better shared by a First Nations writer. We promote inclusion of all races, genders, and other important factors of our identities, and we do not promote exclusion.
PLEASE, NOT THIS:
Telling your whole life’s story. Save that for your memoir book deal. Focus on a moment in time, or a pattern. You’ve got a maximum of 1,800 words to work with, friend.
Selling, selling, selling! We have an amazing audience (26K+ on Facebook!). These are real people. They will see when you are sharing legitimate goodness, vs. trying to catch them in a sticky web of sales funneling.
Repeating information. Repetition to reinforce something important makes total sense. Repetition to fill in a word count, not so much. Consider how you can make your piece juicy & substantial.
SEO shenanigans. Don’t put energy into loading up your article with keywords & tricks to beat The Google. We care a lot more about quality and general awesomeness than searchability.
Writing for the 1%. Consider: While we love travel, we would never say the only path to fulfillment is to quit your job and become a nomad. That’s not realistic for most. Instead, focus on the “a-ha!” moments that, ideally, speak to many, and not only a few.
And one more thing…
Our community is rooted in love and acceptance and chock-full of brilliant babes. Additionally, the truth is that currently, the majority of our circle is straight-ish, white and femme. We love everyone in our community, AND:
We especially encourage writers from outside the majority to submit work. We’re interested in many points of view, particularly the unexpected and underrepresented. Whether it’s a marginalized experience or a unique perspective, we want to amplify your voice and spread your message.
Ready to rock?
Before you submit, check for the following: Is it a word count of 900 to 1,800? Did you use a single space after periods? Is it all the same tense?
Take it easy on special punctuation (ellipses, em dashes, semicolons, for example). Double check spelling, punctuation and grammar. (We love Grammarly!) Also, if you submit a photograph or chart/visual aid to support your post, please confirm it’s original or has public use rights.
Check, check and check? Cool. Now pause. Take a deep breath. You are a badass.
When you’re ready, send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can accept Word, Pages or shared Google Docs. You can expect to hear back from us within 4 weeks of submission, even if we are unable to use your content.