BLOG SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
WE WANT YOU TO WRITE FOR US! HERE'S HOW TO DO IT.
Thank you for your interest in writing for THE FASHION MAP! As a fashion and travel community hub, THE FASHION MAP welcomes submissions from guest bloggers interested in helping us fulfill our mission: advancing the education of fashion history. Read on to learn about our blog submission guidelines.
Acceptable Topics: We accept submissions as fully written articles on topics related to THE FASHION MAP’s work. We are not able to accept any submissions that are purely self-promotional or press releases. However, we gladly consider submissions that are written from a fashion or fashion travel lens. If you have a question about whether your topic fits our needs, please contact us at email@example.com.
Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to:
- Fashion Exhibitions
- Fashion Books
- Fashion Films
- Fashion History
- Fashion Travel
- Travel Tips
Originality: We welcome original material only. We will not accept cross-postings from other sites.
Audience: Our audience ranges from fashion and travel enthusiasts to museum curators to fashion academics and the interested public.
Word Count: Blogs should ideally be anywhere between 300-1000 words. Please be concise and consider overall readability. For example, readers who are not from the sector should be able to understand the gist of your written piece.
Style: Please write in an easy-to-understand, accessible style by avoiding jargon and being overly technical. At the current time, we are only able to accept blogs written in English. If you reference a statistic, organization, or recent event in your piece, we ask that you to provide a link to the research or an article on the subject. Always use proper attribution of data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in your blog post.
Links: You can include up to two backlinks to your site content in the body of your post.
Format and editing: All submissions will be edited for correct grammar and formatted per THE FASHION MAP's stylebook, which is based on Associated Press (AP) Style, before publication. We may also break up long blocks of text to increase readability and rephrase sentences to be consistent with THE FASHION MAP’s conversational tone for blog posts. Keep headlines short and simple, preferably no more than 11 words (headlines are subject to change). Inquiries or submissions requesting a link exchange are not accepted.
Author background: Before we work together, we want to get a better idea of your voice, your likes/dislikes and your writing experience. Please provide some information about you, your background and your interests if we have not worked together before. Including links in your introductory email is the easiest way for our editors to get to know you. A short paragraph of four or five sentences is also fine. If we would like to know more, we'll reach out and ask for additional details.
Author bio: Your blog post will be published under your byline, along with a two-sentence description of your position and organization. When submitting a blog post, please include a headshot and a two-sentence bio. Unless you are posting the blog for someone else — for example, a coworker or a partner you wrote the blog with — please do not add any author information in the text of the blog.
Images: We welcome editorial high quality image submissions with your blog, as long as you have the rights to the image and provide a brief caption and photo credit. Images must respect the dignity, values, history, religion and culture of the subject photographed. They must also accurately reflect the subject being discussed and not be misleading. We also have the capacity to embed a video in your blog post, when appropriate.
Submission procedures: Please submit your blog post by sending an email to THE FASHION MAP communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified if your article is accepted (or not) within three weeks of submission.
Republication: Blog post submissions are welcome to be republished on the author’s own blog, or on any partner blog that the author agrees to. If you are the author and would like to reuse or repurpose your article, we ask that you abide by the Content Attribution Policy:
- Cite THE FASHION MAP as the original source. Include the hyperlinked tag that says, “This piece was originally published on THE FASHION MAP’s blog on mm/dd/yy."
- Wait two weeks between the publication date and the time you re-post an article.
- Include the canonical tag to the article so THE FASHION MAP is noted as the original source: <link rel=”canonical” href=”URL OF BLOG POST”> (or use an appropriate plugin).
- Link to the source on THE FASHION MAP:
- Article/blog post summaries and print articles: Link to the URL of the original article.
- Images: Link to the URL where our original image is stored.
- Embedded infographics, video and SlideShares: Embed the original infographic, video, or presentation using the provided embed code.
- Content that is gated (content that we ask people to sign up for): Link to the landing page, not the PDF.
Payment: THE FASHION MAP is unable to pay for contributed blog posts. THE FASHION MAP will promote all posts via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other relevant social platforms. All posts are also emailed to our Newsletter subscribers.
You can help your post get maximum exposure:
- Use our hashtag #MyFashionMap across all social media platforms.
- Tweet it out to your network. Feel free to mention @thefashionmapco!
- Share it on Facebook and tag THE FASHION MAP.
- Pin it on Pinterest.
- Share an update on LinkedIn from your personal profile home page and tag THE FASHION MAP.
- Share it in the TRAVELING WITH THE FASHION MAP LinkedIn group.
- Respond to all comments to create conversation around your post. If you do, you’ll gain some new fans, plus you’ll automatically get alerted for future comments.
Disclaimer: THE FASHION MAP retains the right to republish blog posts in any of our other publications. THE FASHION MAP also reserves the right to decline to publish a submitted blog post for any reason, including duplication of recent topics, the need for significant rewrites, pieces that are self-promotional, pieces that are discriminatory or offensive, or if the topic does not fit with our needs. Because of the moderation process and our monthly editorial calendar, blogs will not be published immediately. If several blog posts are submitted at once (either by one person or by several individuals), THE FASHION MAP may stagger their publications to ensure each blog post can be adequately shared and promoted.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.