About the Role
We’re looking for passionate blog writers who are willing to share their experiences and learn from other writers. Here are a few things you should know about our Resources section:
We do not write for search engines; we are writers and editors who produce useful content for other writers. We don’t publish book reviews or press releases.
We have no word limits on our blog. And we love promoting our blog writers: we’re happy to channel traffic to your personal blog, website, or social media accounts.
What level of experience is needed?
We don’t demand previous experience, but the ideas you share have to flow well and should be useful in content. We offer editorial support. If you want to hone your writing skills, we’re here to help you reach your writing goals.
To get published on the Mash Blog, you need to demonstrate a strong passion for writing and helping to improve other writers’ lives. We are after candidates who love writing and love to share.
Willingness to Learn
We are interested in advice. We’re here to pass on useful information and interesting sources or techniques in order to help writers start off their careers or advance their success. Therefore, our blog covers a wide range of areas from which writers can learn and improve. Here are some examples:
– Learning from unforgettable movies: Scarface
– Interviews with successful writers: William Hertling
– Sharing useful sources: Indie Writers Survival Guide
– Interesting techniques to trigger creativity: Benefits of Doing Nothing
– Establishing work habits: Integrity: become the author of your life
As you skim through these articles, you’ll see that Mash Blog is about quality, not quantity.
How do you submit?
First, send us 1–3 paragraphs outlining your idea. You can use our Contact Form to get in touch. We’ll get back to you with a yes or no, or with some suggestions.
Once you draft a piece, we may comment on it, edit it gently to give it top-notch form, or ask you to rewrite some sections.
Please keep in mind that when your article is on the Mash Blog, you give us the Non-Exclusive Rights to publish it. You are allowed to re-publish the article on your blog by quoting that you wrote the article for Mash Stories website.
Our Style Guide
Our style guide ethos is similar to how we feel about submitted stories: content is king. However, we do want to ensure our brand is strong and our voice is consistent. That’s what this style guide is for. As you’re aware, we have an international team and there will be different ways of saying and spelling things depending on who’s writing them. Mash’s Editor-in-Chief is on hand to oversee all content (e.g. blog posts, FAQs, shortlisted stories, etc.) before it goes live on the Mash site. But there are also a few guidelines you can follow to help.
To begin with…
- Titles should be interesting and attract the attention of a reader immediately. They should be short and succinct, e.g. “Put a Little Poetry in Your Prose”, but can also follow the format <intro: explanation> e.g. “Pushing the Limits: How to Write Compelling Flash Fiction”. In both cases they should not be cryptic and should give a good, clear idea of what the blog post is about.
- Write a snappy, interesting intro and a short outro to enclose the question-and-answer section in the case of interviews or the article in the case of guest-written posts.
- The intro should open up the subject matter and summarise the author (title, location, opinion).
- It’s important to get the intro written early on as we’ll need to use it for the blog post extract in the “Upcoming Articles” section on the “Resources” tab.
In more detail…
- Except for when forming a hyperlink, use double quotation marks to signify book or story titles, e.g. “Swans” by Janet Frame is one of those stories. Do not use italics. For book or story titles that form hyperlinks, do not use any formatting.
- Hyperlink a book both the first and last time it is mentioned in a blog post.
- In interviews, introduce the interviewee first by his or her full name. Then in the Q&As, shorten after the first mention of both interviewee’s and interviewer’s full names to their first names. For example:
And don’t forget…
- Always obtain a high-def headshot of the person you’re interviewing or who is writing an article for Mash.
- Check that your hyperlinks are correct.
- Ensure you’ve included all the details the interviewee/guest author wants included (within reason – use your best judgement).
We hope to see you among us!