So, you wanna write for SHJ?
Better step your game up.
Did you know Mike was studying to be an English teacher before SHJ?
His puppy is named Gimli (Lord of the Rings, people), and he has a Dark Mark tattoo (Harry. Freakin. Potter.).
So you better be ready to get your George R.R. Martin on or your ass isn't being published here.
From the time SHJ began, we’ve been inundated with requests to write content for us. Which is very flattering, of course.
Over the years, we’ve received more pitches than we can count, and even more direct submissions on top of that.
Back when we were running this show as a single-person blog, Mike did not often accept guest posts, as he was doing all of the writing himself (as we're sure you can see...)
That time has passed, and we are pleased to announce that going forward,we will be consistently accepting submissions and pitches for articles of all kinds.
So, if you have a great idea for a story related to fitness, nutrition, relevant nerd and pop culture topics, lifestyle and behavioral change, or other relevant awesomeness, we would love to hear it.
The one catch is that, if we look back at most of (if not ALL for a period of time) of the submissions we got before starting this submission page, it was very clearly templates or copy-pasted and sent out to every site the person could find...AKA: not crafted specifically for SHJ.
That brings us to the Rules for Submission — please read these before you submit anything, as we take this very seriously.
RULES for Submissions
- Do not suck. We don’t publish crap content here. If you’re going to submit an article, it has to have great content and great writing. We work hard to put out great content, so we expect you to do the same.
- Write it for SHJ! Nothing is more annoying (okay, SOME things are, but not many) than getting some blanket pitch that you can tell went out to 15 other websites. If you send one of those, your ideas will not be considered (and I will delete them into the infernal hell of all crappy submissions)!
- Make it relevant. Please know what SHJ is about before you pitch an article. It's not hard to realize what we stand for and what our missions is; and it's also not hard to see what kind of content we're looking to share. We're crafting SuperHumans so we expect you to craft your content for them as well.
- Refer back to Rule #1...and again...
GUIDELINES for Articles
In order to maximize your chances of getting your article published, and minimize amount of work we need to do to get it ready for the site, there are a few specific things you should include in your submission.
All of these things are important from a publication and technical perspective, so including them upfront allows us to get an article up on the site without the need for a consistent back and forth.
Please make sure you include all of the following:
AUTHOR BYLINE – This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget. At the top of the article, please include your name, or whatever you’d like to be called at the top of the article, so we can be sure to attribute it to you correctly.
AUTHOR BIO – Please include a brief bio paragraph about yourself, including links to any sites, products, or social media outlets you’d like us to mention (up to 2 links total).
AUTHOR HEADSHOT – We need a picture of you. Make it pretty.
ARTICLE TITLE & SUBTITLE – Please do not send us a submission with a note that says, I don’t know what to call this. Instead, come up with a comprehensive title that states your idea, as well as a descriptive subtitle that explains it further.
For example, if this page was an article, it might be called, “A Brief Note About Article Submissions: How to Give Yourself the Best Chance of Getting Published.”
Between the title and subtitle, you should know exactly what you’re getting.
ARTICLE FORMATTING – In addition to being generally well written, your article should be well organized. Break up your paragraphs, and be sure to use headlines to separate topics.
Please check out how 97% of our articles are formatted with headlines and even images to break up the segments of the article.
This makes for easier editing, and easier reading.
Taking things a bit further, please make sure to use bold, italics, and underlining to create emphasis where applicable and/or necessary.
Again, refer to our articles to see how we do this.
Keep in mind, this is one of the ways you dictate “tone” in writing, and it’s what helps your voice shine through.Use your voice, rather than rely on us to create one for you.
ARTICLE SUMMARY – Nothing crazy, just a 2-3 sentence summary we can use as an excerpt. Think in terms of a Tweet or Facebook post.
Final Notes on Article Submission
- While you can submit either pitches OR complete articles, we prefer for writers to send us a fully written piece. If you send us a pitch, the answer will almost always be, “Sounds pretty sweet. Write it up and let's see how it turns out.” Which, we're well aware isn't the answer you're looking for...So, you may as well save yourself some time and just write it first.
- Only submit on this page; do not pitch through the general contact form on the site, as pitches received there will not be read.
Please make your submission via the form below, and we can get this party started.