City Creatures Blog Submission Guidelines
City Creatures Blog is a community of storytellers who are exploring the ways in which cities offer opportunities for transformation, intimacy, and connection with other species. New blog posts are published every week. Submissions are welcome and open year-round.
The City Creatures Blog publishes original first-person stories that spark discussion about the relationships between humans, urban animals, and cities. Before submitting, please be certain that your piece speaks to that topical intersection in a provocative way.
Style and Formatting
Blog posts should be, first and foremost, good stories—topically relevant, timely, emotionally compelling, concisely and creatively written, and of interest to a general audience. To gain a sense of the range of subjects and styles of the City Creatures Blog, please familiarize yourself with the contents of the blog prior to submitting.
Suggested word count: 1,000 words
Opening paragraph: The opening paragraph should be provocative enough to engage potential readers and pique their interest. Blog posts will be referenced and cross-promoted through other channels, including our weekly e-newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. Ideally, the first lines of the post can be copied and pasted as “teaser” text and paired with a link to the full blog post.
Format: Submit posts in Microsoft Word format. The Word document should include only text and hyperlinks (images should be submitted separately, as email attachments). If you are referencing facts gathered from another website, cite the sources and provide hyperlinks so proper credit can be given.
Images: We recommend that you submit 2-4 images (at least 750 x 500 pixels) with proper attribution to accompany your posts. The preferred placement of the images should be noted.
Author bios and headshots: If you are a first-time contributor, please include a brief bio (40–50 words) and a headshot (at least 250 x 250 pixels).
Guidelines for writing about nonhuman animals: With rare exceptions, the “house style” of the City Creatures Blog is to use gendered pronouns for individual animals (e.g, “she” not “it”), part of a practice to de-objectify other creatures and highlight their agency and/or personhood. Nonhuman animals are subjects not objects, whos not things. See this Yes! magazine article for a lyrical summary about this topic. For more nuts-and-bolts on how to make simple pronoun changes, here’s a journalistic style guide that is also very helpful.
Submission and Review Process
If the editor determines that the post is a fitting contribution for City Creatures Blog, editorial feedback and suggestions for revisions, as needed, will be made. You can expect to get feedback within 2–3 weeks after submitting.
Authors receive an honorarium for publication of original work on the City Creatures Blog.