Would you like to contribute your work to Writing Through Life?
Great! Please read the following FAQs before submitting your story or article using the form at the bottom of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
First and foremost — get a sense for the type of work published on WritingThroughLife by reading the site and becoming familiar with existing content.
Posts should be fresh, written from personal experience and from the heart, with the purpose of helping other writers on their own writing journeys. Your contribution can be a personal essay, memoir vignette, or in-depth how-to article.
Do you pay?
No. Writing Through Life is a labor of love. When you contribute to Writing Through Life, you’ll get a byline and a bio that includes a link or two to whatever you’d like to promote — your website, Twitter feed, latest ebook, etc. I’ll also share your post in the WTL newsletter, and on Twitter and Facebook, to help you reach as many readers as possible.
Do you accept previously published or posted work?
In most cases I accept only original and previously unpublished work. If you have a previously published article you think would be a good fit for Writing Through Life, please use my Contact Form to initiate discussion.
Can I repost my submission on my blog?
Yes. You retain rights to your content. However I request that you wait at least 8 weeks before reposting, as reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved. Also, I require that you include a statement “First published on WritingThroughLife.com” with a link to the original posting.
How long should my articles or stories be?
Between 800-1200 words.
Should I pitch my idea before writing the post?
If you’d like to, feel free to pitch your idea using my Contact Form
. But I’m happy to consider a draft as well.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes. You can include up to five links, including any in your bio, 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.
Should I write a headline?
Absolutely. Keep in mind that Writing Through Life reserves the right to edit it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.
Will you edit my post?
Yes, I will edit for grammar, punctuation, content, and clarity, doing my best to preserve your voice. I also reserve the right to remove links to sites I find objectionable or not fitting for my audience. You will have an opportunity to review any content edits prior to publication.
What should I do after I submit my post?
I will contact you within two weeks to let you know if your post is accepted for publication. When it runs, I expect you to be actively engaged with readers in the comments and respond to readers’ questions or thoughts.
I look forward to your contribution!
Article / Essay Submission Form