Submit your writing
Interested in writing a guest post for Bread and Roses?
First, consider whether your idea is relevant to the site. B&R readers want to know about how you’re defining your role as a breadwinning mom or caregiving dad, how family & friends react to your unique situation, and how you’re serving your family as a result of your situation. If your idea fits with these broad themes, you’ve made it past the first hurdle.
Next, consider how your story contributes a unique voice to the conversation at B&R. We strive to represent a diverse selection of moms, dads, & others who care.
How will you extend an existing conversation? How will you add a new topic to the discussion?
Posts at B&R represent an opportunity to bring remarkable content to the net.
Which brings us to quality. B&R guest posts have to be well-written. This means they should be clear, creative, persuasive and engaging, and close in caliber to the articles you read in magazines and newspapers.
If you’ve got a new idea that’s relevant to the B&R themes, and you know you can write it well, you’re ready to start thinking about these nitty-gritty guidelines.
1. Submit your post as Plain Text.
2. Please include a headline, body text, your byline (your name plus two sentences about you – where you live, what you do, etc.), and an image.
3. Images can be of any size, but please ensure they do not exceed the maximum width of 480px, and are optimized for the web. Please attach them separately rather than embedding them in your Word submission. If you want the image to appear at a certain spot in your post, please indicate in the text. Formatting constraints might mean we have to put it somewhere else, but we will try to meet your requests.
4. If you want subheadings in your post, wrap subheading text in <h2> tags, or simply bold them.
5. If your post has links, you can include them in one of two ways:
◦ use HTML if you know how; or
◦ include the URL in brackets within the text, immediately after the text you’d like to use as the link text.
6. Stories can be any number of words but it should have a clear beginning, middle, and end or deal clearly with one topic.
7. Try to break your text into short paragraphs of no more than four sentences each. It might look funny in a document, but it’s much better than huge blocks of text on a website.
8. Use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. Guest posts are edited before they go live, but posts that require extensive editing will not be accepted. Occasionally, posts are edited more substantially – we might change your title, or shift some things around. If these changes go beyond basic editing, we will send your submission back and ask you to approve the changes.
9. B&R will not publish submissions that are clearly intended to draw readers to your own website or work, except in rare cases where it is clearly in the best interest of the B&R community.
- No part of your guest post—text or images—can infringe on copyright laws. If you don’t own the image, make sure it is creative commons. If the text isn’t yours, make sure you cite the source(s) carefully.
- Unless previously negotiated, the posts you submit should be written exclusively for B&R. You can write on the same topic elsewhere, but the posts you submit should be unique.
- Please allow two weeks for your post to be reviewed. After two weeks, we will contact you to let you know whether or not your post will be published.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in guest-blogging for Bread and Roses.