Contributor Guidelines

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Contributor Guidelines

Interested in becoming a contributing writer?

First things first, this is a non-paying gig. (Yes, I can hear the back-clicks now) But each contributing writer will get their own bio on the site with links to their own site(s). Free publicity is worth something, then, isn’t it?

(Important: Because I’m not paying you for your articles, you retain full copyright.)

I know the value of paid work, especially writing. I need it , thrive on it, can’t live without it. It’s just that the purpose of this site is to share wisdom and experiences with fellow writers on writing. This type of free-share/reciprocal linking arrangement isn’t for everyone. That’s okay. Enjoy the site anyway. Read the articles. Soak in the wisdom. We still love you.

If you don’t mind the idea of a share-for-all, by presenting your writing experiences and wisdom to a group of dedicated writers eager to read it, then here are the general guidelines for submitting articles:

Regular Contributor: You have shown consistent quality in your writing as an Occasional Contributor so I’ve sent you an invitation to amp it up. You’ve said, “Yes.” (Hey, thanks!) You’ll get a decent sized photo of your choice, several paragraphs worth of self-written bio and up to 5 links to your website/blog/twitter page etc. Plus your name on the home page of our site.

Occasional Contributor: You have emailed me asking if you can contribute here and there, whenever. No pressure. I’ve read your work and like it and said, “Yes.” Write whenever you feel like it. You’ll get a head shot thumbnail and quick bio with a link to your website or blog. To stay on this list, consider contributing once or twice a year. After a year of silence, I might send you an email to see if you’re still alive. (If you aren’t, we’ll place your picture and epitaph on our Spirit Writers page.)

What Do You Write About? Not fly fishing. (Unless you’re Norman Maclean) Write about your experiences as a struggling or successful or hopeful writer. Write what you’ve learned about scene structure, or how to write beautiful description, or how to market your nonfiction writing business, or interesting things that happened to you at writer’s workshops and retreats (or what you learned there!) or just anything writer related. Look through the site and search for topics. If you can’t find a subject covered, then it needs to be written about! Write it. If you can’t find a category that your topic will fit in, don’t worry, we’ll just make one.

How Do I Submit? Via the contact me form, by cutting and pasting your article into the box. Easy-smeasy.

Query me by using the contact me form. I’m a nice person and don’t bite, unless I’m low on caffeine. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Gee, this could be the start of something grand!

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7 Responses to “Contributor Guidelines”

  1. Emily Wenstrom Says:

    Twitter: emilywenstrom

    I am interested being an “occasional writer.”

    About me:
    I am a professional writer with a background in journalism, marketing and public relations–and of course I also write fiction. I blog about creativity in art and career at, and I am in the process of launching a short story zine,, built for the digital age.

    A few ideas for possible post topics:

    The Buddy System for Writers
    Everything is more fun with a friend, and writing is no exception. An old friend of mine recently left his job to start writing full time instead, and we’ve started sharing our work back and forth for feedback. This post would share tips on how to establish a good working relationship with a writing buddy of your own.

    Open-Plot Surgery: Thread Enhancement
    Once your first draft is on the page, you’re in a much better position to mull on ways to build out your story. But how do you weave in new threads without cutting your story to bits in the process? In this post I’ll break it into five straightforward steps without losing your manuscript on the cutting board.

    All creatives sometimes feel drained. But that’s never actually true. This post will address tactics to get to the bottom of what’s got you feeling tapped and recharge yourself with fresh inspiration.

    Let me know what you think! I am happy to flesh out these topics more if you like. If you’d like to see samples of guest posts I’ve done elsewhere, take a look here:

    Thanks for your consideration.


  2. Birgitte Says:

    Twitter: necessarywriter
    Hi Emily, thanks for your interest in Necessary Writers. You are welcome to submit detailed articles on writing to me email. ( Because it’s a non-paying gig you retain the copyright and can remove your articles anytime you wish. It would be helpful if we discussed the types of articles ahead of time. Also, I retain the right to edit the articles prior to putting them up on the site. I will give you a bio on my site (that you can link to) with a picture and any information about you as a writer. Let me know if you’re interested! Thanks! -Birgitte

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