Guest Post Submission Guidelines

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Thank you for your interest in writing for Well-Storied. Please read through the following guidelines before submitting your request. Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered at this time.

  • Audience: All guest posts should be tailored towards novelists or short story / flash fiction writers; I do not publish content on non-fiction, poetry, biography, memoir, etc., at this time.

  • Categories: Guest posts should fall into one of the following categories: pre-writing (e.g. plotting, character creation, world-building…), drafting, revising & editing, story elements (e.g. theme, foreshadowing, motifs…), publishing, branding & marketing, creative mindset, or writing success.

  • Length & Content: Articles should fall between 1,000 - 2,000 words, should contain actionable advice or detailed information, and should be written to a professional standard. You can find examples of previously published guest posts by clicking here.

  • Author: The author of the post should be a fiction writer themselves or otherwise connected to the fiction writing industry (e.g. an editor, writing coach, cover designer, etc.). Any experience level is welcome.

  • Purpose: The main focus of the article should be to inform or inspire my audience. Any articles stuffed with self-promotion will not be considered, though the occasional link to a helpful article or resource is a-okay.

  • Formatting: Articles featuring lists, headers, bullet points, and other engaging formatting are preferred.

  • Availability: Articles should be unique to Well-Storied. They should not be published elsewhere online, though you’re welcome to tease the article on your own site or in your newsletter with a link to the full copy on the Well-Storied blog.

  • Self-Promo: Please include a brief bio with your article that contains a headshot and links to your website, social media, and/or available books, services, or resources.

Before submitting, please note:

  • You represent and warrant that this is your original work and not plagiarized and contains no objectionable or libelous material. You indemnify and hold Well-Storied and Kristen Kieffer personally harmless against any suits, claims, causes of action, expenses or costs of any kind including legal fees arising out of the content of the original work.

  • I maintain the right to lightly edit your article (mostly for spelling, grammar, and formatting) and to choose a post title that I feel best fits my blog and audience.

  • I maintain the right to reject submissions or to request that you revise & resubmit to better tailor the article to my audience. (You maintain the right to refuse, of course!).

  • I aim to publish one guest post on the blog every week. Depending on the rate of submissions, your article may not be published immediately if accepted. I will share a proposed publishing date with you before we confirm your submission.

  • I do not record audio versions of guest posts for the Well-Storied podcast at this time.

How to submit an article to Well-Storied:

  • Please write your article in full before submitting. I do not consider pitches at this time, as the quality of many articles received in the past has not matched the quality of the pitch. If your article follows the guidelines shared above, chances are high that I will accept the submission.

  • To submit, simply shoot me an email at kristen@well-storied.com with your article attached. I’ll review and respond within 3 business days.

  • If I don’t feel your article is right for Well-Storied at this time, you’re 100% welcome to submit the article elsewhere or publish it on your own site.

  • If published, I’ll promote your article on Twitter, Pinterest, and in the Well-Storied newsletter. Your article will feature on the Well-Storied blog homepage for up to four weeks and will be housed permanently in the blog archives and re-shared on social media over time.

Why submit to Well-Storied?

Well-Storied averages over 100k page views per month, while the newsletter reaches over 10,000 writers each week. Guest posting is a fantastic opportunity to expand your audience, cross-promote your work, and improve your site’s SEO (yay, backlinks!).

If you have any questions, please reach out at kristen@well-storied.com. Thank you again for your interest in writing for Well-Storied. I can’t wait to hear from you soon.