Guest Posting Guidelines

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Awesome. We are thrilled to know you’re interested in writing for us!

Below you’ll find some general guidelines to becoming a contributor. Tweet us/Email us if you have any questions! Be sure to read all guidelines before submitting. All submissions should go to submissions@theindiechicks.com with the subject line, “I Want To Write For The Indie Chicks!”.

Topics

We have a variety of options and 2 main areas you can submit your work to: Our main site or our fiction section. Here’s a general list of topics.. (but don’t let it limit your creativity, we’re open to anything)

  • Beauty, Fashion, and Style
  • Health and Fitness
  • Attitude: Inspirational, motivational, breathtaking pieces of work that drive our readers to want to become better individuals
  • Lifestyle: Most MISC falls here. Personal lifestyle choices, journeys, handling finances, managing your home, and other essentials.
  • Arts and Crafts: Anything DIY, fun ideas, making handy things from scratch.. etc, etc.
  • Career: How to excel in the workplace, entrepreneurship and owning a small business. Tips, tricks, and an inspirational take on following your dreams.
  • Sex, Dating, and Relationships: Speaks for itself. Let your imagination fly, baby.

What we will NOT accept

  • Anything ridiculous. We shouldn’t have to tell you we won’t accept anything homophobic, racist or otherwise filled with hate. If you’re even considering it, you don’t belong on this website.
  • Shameless self promotion or irrelevant linking to other sites.
  • Anything horribly written with poor grammar, spelling, or sentence structure. Jewels will work with you on edits when it comes to honing the content or direction but not on the basics.
  • Anything you’d see on every other website out there. We don’t do stiff and rigid. Bring your inner badass out.

What works?

  • Provide the readers something valuable.
  • Break up your text with headings, styles, and if it’s long, images.
  • Stay true to your voice and ours.
  • Establish yourself as an expert but expose vulnerability.
  • Write well and entertain. We have a clear voice and require our writers to understand it and fit it.
  • Read more tips on guest posting here.

Actual Guidelines

  • Word count: Your post must be no less than 900 words and no more than 1300. If you need more to convey your message, we can make an exception. If, however, you babble and pointlessly exceed the word count, we will ask you to edit your piece.
  • To qualify as a contributing writer you must be an active blogger/writer who posts/writes at least twice a week. You need to have active and engaged social media accounts.
  • Set up your email with en.gravatar.com and make sure your picture is current and working. Our contributor page currently works off of en.gravatar.
  • A short 2-3 sentence bio.
  • Links to all of your social media accounts and your blog.

MISC

  • Keep our audience in mind when writing. Justin Bieber doesn’t get our panties to drop and we’re not going to enjoy a 2000 word piece on the Irish bagpipe.
  • Once you’re up and scheduled in our editorial calendar, you will receive a snazzy contributor badge. You can link it to your article, or if you’ve written more than one, you can link to your author archive page.
  • We encourage activity on our posts! Get your friends to come leave comments and support your brand new article then be sure to reply to comments.
  • Frequent contributors may eventually bipass the ‘pitch only’ rule once they’ve written a few posts. The only downside to this is that it may postpone your publish date if we have anything similar already lined up on the calendar.

Sponsored Posts:

If you would like to contribute an article to our magazine and link it back to your company, or a blog that you use to sell a product, then please contact Chrystal for pricing prior to pitching an article to submissions. After you’re worked out the rates you can contact submissions with your pitch and work with our editor on honing the content towards something that serves your company and our readers.

Mostly everything above applies to both sections of the website. You can check out the Fiction submission guidelines here and get in touch with our senior editor, Julie, if you have any questions. If you have any questions regarding submitting nonfiction pieces for The Indie Chicks don’t be afraid to email our senior editor, Julie.
All submissions should be sent here. If you don’t receive a follow up email within a few weeks, please follow up. We get a lot of submissions and unfortunately sometimes some fall through the internet cracks.
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