Middle Places Submissions

The basics:

  • Original content-We’re not a syndicate, so we want your original, unpublished material.
  • Number of words-We’re pretty flexible. 500-1,000 words is the target range. Your story is more important than a number, but we also want to keep it short enough to be engaging for our readers, but long enough to give a sense of value.
  • Scheduling & Theme-We plan our editorial calendar a month in advance and will announce a theme each month as well as the deadline to submit that month. So check back often for new writing opportunities.
  • Quality matters-We will edit for the pesky details, but please send your best work. If we love the idea of a post, but need to change formatting significantly or would like any major changes in the content, it may be sent back to you with suggestions on how to rework it.
  • Bio-We’ll provide the images for your post, but we’d love to include your face, your short bio, website, and FB & Twitter links with your post rather than our lovely generic “Guest Blogger” profile.
  • Promotion-We’ll promote the post across all of our social media platforms and we’d love for you to do the same!
  • Compensation-At this time Middle Places cannot provide compensation for guest posts beyond our deep and undying gratitude and the sharing of our platform of approximately 2500 readers per month.

Where to send your submission:

Email your post either as a doc file or in the body of the email to editor@middleplaces.com.

 

Themes & Deadlines:

 July Theme:

In the Middle of Abiding. After spending a month exploring the theme of searching, let’s look at the flip side … abiding. Because sometimes God wants us to be still, to rest in Him, to abide in the lavish grace He so abundantly pours out on us. Abiding sometimes comes naturally, after we’ve exhausted all the resources of ourselves and have nothing else to give. But sometimes abiding is a struggle as we try to stand on our own to feet, to give life and strength that’s not ours to begin with. What does abiding look like in your life? We want to hear about it!

Deadline: June 3rd

August Theme:

In the Middle of Learning. I have an intense desire to learn more … about life, about technology, blogging and graphic design and even cooking without grains. In today’s day and age, the amount of information that we can consume is astronomical. There’s no end in sight. That can be wonderful. But it can also be paralyzing because there are so many choices. Add on your Bible study, all the things you need to know to keep your life on track and a family and a sister can get pretty worn out just considering the load she carries. We’ll be exploring this topic of learning during August at Middle Places. We’d love to hear about your learning experience or your “teachable moments” in life.

Deadline: June 25th

About our Tribe:

What topics do people best connect with on Middle Places?

Google Analytics tells us that when we explore relationships with other women, spouses or children our readers are pulled in the most. When we tackle the tension of growing our faith to carry us through new seasons of life, people engage well with us, as well as when we wade through tough issues like miscarriage, depression, social justice and how to cope with social media. We are a faith blog, and people who read Middle Places are not going to be offended by Christian words, so don’t feel they are taboo.

What they’re not looking for from us?

The cheese. The simple, perfectly Pinterest answer to their burning questions. That doesn’t mean we can’t ever write a “5 ways to…” or a “how to…” but that we should never write as if our way is the only way. Perspective makes all the difference. Our tribe is also not looking for biblical exposition. Middle Places is a story blog, but there’s a difference between telling a story and sharing your story. We want to share our story … to invite our tribe to explore and dig alongside us for the deeper stuff of life, not spoon feed our beliefs to them or preach at them. There’s a market for that, but it’s not what our tribe is looking for because we never set out to write for those people or that purpose.

What does the ideal post look like?

  1. Ask yourself — will this work next year? Be careful to not make something so specific to a given moment or theme, that it cannot be shared again in the future. It is relevant to this moment, make it relevant for a solid week. This doesn’t mean you should avoid current events, but try to address the heart of the issue rather than specific details.  A great example of how to handle a trending thought or current event is the post that Hope wrote: http://middleplaces.com/2015/12/16/finding-peace-broken-world/. It references a current event, but the post will be shareable again next year.
  2. Think about what Middle Places is and what it isn’t.
    • conversational
    • not preachy or lecture style
    • daily living of life topics
    • encouraging
  3. Make sure your story does more than just share or highlight and experience. You want to leave the reader a way to apply it in their own life, even if it’s as simple offering a “Me too” kind of moment.

Headline:

  • The headline is important for a blog post to be read. You could have the best post in the world, but without a catchy headline, it might not be clicked or shared. If you are uncertain, talk to Maria or Mikkee for help.
  • At the same time, don’t feel like a title has to be click-bait-clever or vague. Be direct. The bonus is that it’s good for SEO.

Opening Paragraph:

  • An opening paragraph drawing people into your story.
  • Did you know you get 3 seconds to grab your reader’s attention?

Middle Paragraphs:

  • Keep it conversational and expand on your story.
  • Avoid being too preachy or hot topics
  • Focus on telling your story

Conclusion:

  • Make sure you end the article, but be okay with not having resolution.

Overall Length:

  • 500-1,000 words. If it’s too short Google thinks it doesn’t contain valuable information. If it’s too long people get bored.