If you are interested in writing a post for my blog, please take the time to read this page before contacting me.
I accept submissions for 2 sections of the site:
If you’ve had a short story published through a competition, magazine or anthology, or have had a story you've written performed on radio or TV, then you could write a post for my blog.
I do not accept posts about self-published stories – your story has to have been previously published by someone independent.
I'm looking for previously published short stories only. I need to be able to publish your story on my website in the short stories section.
I'll need you to accompany your story with details of how you went about getting it published. So, if you were published through a competition, I’ll ask you to write about your experiences with that competition (same with magazines, anthologies… however the story was published):
The key is to give readers something they can take away and put into practice to help them become published, win a competition etc. How can someone reading your inspirational story and accompanying advice gain a better chance of experiencing success with their own writing, particularly via the publication that accepted your story?
I will also need a biography and photograph (a clear mugshot, nothing abstract) to accompany the post.
Here are some example posts that are already on the site, clearly showing the format I require. Please review them so you understand the preferred style.
I'm looking for highly informative posts containing lots of practical writing advice, written by authors that are qualified/have the relevant experience to talk with authority about their chosen subject matter.
Posts that contain advice that can be backed up with facts, clearly showing how any tips given have been used in practice to generate success. These posts will appear in the Writing Advice section of my website.
This type of post is a bit more open in format. I welcome ideas like these:
I'll need your biography and a photograph of you to accompany the post.
Here are a couple of example posts so you can see the style I prefer.
There is no strict word limit - I'm open to posts of any length. As an example, some of the resources on this site are in excess of 30,000 words, so there really is no upper word limit.
In contrast, some of the short posts are about 200 words. How Long is a Short Story? is a good example of a short post. It's short because the subject matter doesn't require a lot of words to answer the question.
I prefer highly informative posts, so they don't tend to be short. All the posts I've accepted to date are in excess of 1,000 words. If you're submitting a short story, this would NOT include the word count of the story itself, just the post that accompanies the story.
Posts should be written in an informative but casual, conversational style, in your own voice. I like humour, so feel free to be entertaining, but give the reader takeaway pieces of advice which they can then:
Be sure to review the posts linked to above so you can clearly see the style I prefer.
I only accept original guest posts. All submitted posts are checked for plagiarism. Any posts containing advice that is already published elsewhere on the internet will be rejected.
If you are submitting a post that contains a short story that has already been published on the internet, just mention it when you contact me. The plagiarism checks mentioned above are for the advice that accompanies a story, not the story itself.
Hmm, while my frank honesty should be commended, maybe I should be more PC and put this into context...
At the present time I’m unable to offer monetary recompense for guest posts (yes, that wording is probably more appealing…). I hope to be able to offer payments in the future, but at present the site doesn't generate enough money to make offering payments to guest writers viable.
You’ll be required to provide a biography and an author photo as part of your post. You can also include a link to your website.
You’ll enjoy exposure to a large audience by having your marvellous words published on my website. The site currently receives between 20,000 and 30,000 visits a month.
You’ll be featured in my emails. My email list has over 2,000 subscribers.
And I'll share the post on social media.
If you submit a short story, your post will also be linked to from my short story competition or short story magazines lists – whatever is most relevant. The aim is to give other writers information about the competitions and magazines in the lists, so they can learn about them and have a better chance of being published through them.
If a competition you’ve won or a magazine that has published your work does not appear in the lists, don’t worry – I’ll add them to it.
If you’ve been published by some other medium that I don’t currently mention on the site, don’t be put off. I’m happy to create new resources that other writers might find useful.
Before writing anything, please send me an email to , outlining what you would like to send me and why you think it would be appropriate for my readers.
For more details, please see my contact page.