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Article Submission Guidelines for Contributing Writers

TheFlashList.com is currently accepting guest posts and article submissions from freelancers and contributing writers.

Write for Us | Article Submission Guidelines for Contributing Writers | USA

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The Flash List accepts a variety of contributing posts from in-depth feature articles to quick one-minute reads on the subjects of art, dining, leisure, movies, music, romance, sports, travel, and entertainment news. Covering circus to symphony, TheFlashList.com is a great site for date night and one of the most comprehensive local entertainment guides of its kind. Featuring the best events, venues, activities, romantic date ideas, fun things to do, tourist attractions, and more, our current coverage locations include Austin, Dallas, Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio as well as an expanded national section. Our partner website TheArtOfGallivanting.com additionally showcases global travel insights and extraordinary adventures for ordinary people.


CONTRIBUTOR PERKS


  • Byline Attribution

    If we publish up to four of your articles, we will consider them guest posts and include your name in byline form. If we publish five or more of your articles, we will then consider you a contributing writer and your byline will include a headshot photo along with a link to your own author page on our website which will contain a short bio, links to all of your articles that have been published on our website, and optional links to your personal website and/or selected social media accounts.


  • Advertising Revenue

    Contributing writers will be compensated by the placement of one Google AdSense advertisement slot on each accepted article for a period of one year from the time of publication. Payment is made monthly any time ad revenue reaches $100 or more; otherwise, the remaining payout will be made in whole at the end of one year. Exact rates are determined solely by Google ad serving programs and/or competing bidders, and The Flash List acts only as a facilitating party and does not make any third-party guarantees expressed or implied. Authors are not allowed to click on advertisements and are required to maintain current contact information to prevent forfeiture of payment.


  • Freedom to Express

    We are interested in hearing your own unique voice, your own personal writing style, and your own brand of humor or knowledge. Feel free to be concise or informatively descriptive when sharing interesting narratives, amusing anecdotes, valuable insights, practical advice, and/or useful tips.


  • Non-Exclusive Rights

    We do accept articles that have been published previously or are running concurrently, and we do not require exclusive rights or the transfer of copyright for your original work.


  • Copyright Retention

    Authors maintain full copyright of all published work. We assume that your work is original, your story has been fact checked, and that you have the rights to use any photos or electronic media included.


  • Cross-Marketing Backlinks

    We offer dofollow links when applicable (as opposed to nofollow links used by some other sites) in order to provide you maximum potential for search engine ranking influence.


  • Social Media Exposure

    Once your article is published, we may choose share it on our social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more. We encourage you to do the same, and please feel free to comment on any such social posts as a way of interacting with our readers. On some occasions, we may choose to feature your article on prominent pages of our website and/or share a link to your article in our subscriber newsletter.


  • Networking Potential

    Contributing writers may reference or link to their articles, their author bio page, our contact/about us page, our current media kit, or other similar and relevant information for the purpose of individual career expansion.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


  • Content Types

    We publish a wide array of original content types including (but not limited to) narratives, interviews, tutorials, ideas, suggestions, lists, tips, how-to instructions, in-depth features, and reviews for products, services, events, or venues. Current news and event coverage is also accepted; however, we prefer evergreen articles which remain relevant for longer periods of time. All submitted articles should be upbeat, positive, promotional, and/or pleasantly informative; and any defamatory, critical, controversial, and/or inappropriate submissions will not be accepted. Press releases may be accepted as well, but we do not offer compensation for such information. If you have an idea for a story and aren't sure whether it might be a fit for The Flash List, you may contact us to discuss.


  • Hyperlinks

    We enjoy and encourage the use of in-line hyperlinked text when citing sources or when referring readers to additional information or resources. We expect that any such links will route readers to high-quality websites, and we will remove links to any third-party websites that are not in keeping with our overall ethical standards.


  • Electronic Media

    Submissions must include a minimum of one and maximum of ten images (which may include photos, an embedded video preview link, charts, and/or infographics) and appropriate photo credit should be noted.


  • Editing Process

    Although our contributors are typically skilled writers with high editorial standards, we reserve the right to edit your article when necessary for length and clarity. Upon doing so, we will notify you before the final draft is published, yet we further reserve the right to make any additional adjustments necessary at any time after publication without further notice.


  • Endorsement Disclosure

    In keeping with the stipulations of the Federal Trade Commission, it is required that you disclose any instances in which you have been compensated to endorse a product or service. The inclusion of such in-context endorsements is allowed when done in a way that is pertinent, informative, and helpful to the reader; and in such cases, the added posting of our standard editorial policy disclaimer will apply.


  • Submission Terms

    Please understand that we receive hundreds of submissions weekly and no guarantee whatsoever is made regarding the publication of your work. We will contact you only if we have interest in your contribution; and we reserve the right to accept, adapt, or reject any article or submission. If you do not hear back from us within two to three weeks, please feel free to submit your article elsewhere. If your story is accepted however, we will notify you and send you a link to the published webpage. Posts are generally expected to remain online indefinitely, but may be deleted without notice after one year when applicable.


SUBMIT YOUR WORK


Please submit your article attached in Word document format or in the body of a standard email and include the following:


  • Required Per Article


    Title | 50-90 characters with spaces

    Subtitle | 90-140 characters with spaces

    Body | 300-2,500 words generally

    Image | 1-10 photos 1000x667 pixels horizontally-oriented

    Social | a tweet or post with applicable @handles or #hastags


  • One Time Only


    Name | author's first and last name

    Initials | 3-letter code for in-office use only

    Bio | 50 words or less approximately

    Photo | 1000x667 pixels horizontally-oriented


  • Optional Inclusions


    Email | included on author bio page

    Phone | included on author bio page

    Website | URL and anchor text

    Social | media platform URLs only

    Video | link embedded in article


STATEMENT OF AGREEMENT


By submitting your work to The Flash List, you represent that:


  • you have read and agree to the TheFlashList.com terms and conditions;

  • all work is your own creation and that you hold the rights of use for any accompanying works;

  • the publication of submitted works will not violate any copyright of any third party; and

  • you grant unrestricted rights to post the article on our website, adapt and/or distribute, reproduce in any manner including the use of excerpts in marketing materials and promotions, or display the work for any purpose worldwide without further compensation except as agreed above.


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