Write for Bittersweet: Share Your Story

CTTTGuidelines for Writing for BitterSweet

Here are the guidelines for contacting the BitterSweet team and sending in a story or article to be posted.

  1. Who manages contributions:  Guest contributions are hosted by a member of the BitterSweet team: the person who invited you to contribute, someone you know on the team, or a team member you reach out to at BITTERSWEET EMAIL GOES HERE.
  2. How to get started:  Contact the team at BITTERSWEET EMAIL GOES HERE to make an inquiry or  to submit an already-prepared post for review.
  3. What BitterSweet is looking for:  We are looking for stories, essays, poetry, book or film reviews, introductions to relevant websites, and so on, as long as it’s related to issues of racism, the legacies of slavery, the harms of white supremacy and white privilege, and work currently being done to:
    • share historical information, especially the history of African Americans, during and after the era of institutionalized slaver
    • make connections within families or between disparate communities
    • advance healing and reconciliation for individuals, families, communities and the nation
    • propose or report on action to change systemic racism
  4.  Next steps:  Your contribution will be reviewed by at least one BitterSweet team member to make sure its content is relevant to the blog’s purpose and its language avoids extremes of offensiveness or disrespect.  If your contribution seems to be outside the blog’s purpose or if the BitterSweet team has a concern with its language, we will discuss it with you.  Nothing will be turned down without an explanation, and no contribution will be edited without your agreement.
  5. Posting:  Once the post is accepted, your BitterSweet host will post it, including images you supply, using tags you suggest and possibly adding others consistent with the blog’s purpose, and assigning it to one or more of the blog’s topic categories.

Our Outline of Topics may give you ideas about content for your contribution.

Site Expectations for Guest Contribution

BitterSweet asks that all posts be:

  • Clearly written, easy to follow.
  • Generally in standard forms of language, punctuation, usage and grammar unless the post is intentionally written as poetry, in a regional or historic dialect, or in dialogue form.
  • In language suitable for national press (rather than purely personal expression), that does not contain terms of disrespect or offensive words that would be “bleeped” on a news program.

A member of the BitterSweet team will review contributions against these expectations and will contact the writer if they have editing suggestions. As stated above, no contribution will be edited without the writer’s permission.

Copyright Information for Writers

For all original material posted in BitterSweet

  • Copyright and ownership remain with the original writer, even if a member of the BitterSweet team sets up and publishes the post and even though inquiries about the post may go to members of the BitterSweet team.
  • Puts no restrictions on where else posts on this blog may be published, but does expect writers to comply with the requirements of other publications and sites.
  • Displays a copyright notice to remind visitors and readers to observe all the conventions and legalities. They may quote lines and short excerpts from a blog post as long as they cite the writer and source. They may not quote without attribution. They also may not excerpt substantial portions or an entire post without the permission of the writer.
  • May not give permission to anyone to copy posts or substantial portions of posts. Permission to copy may only be given by the author.
  • Will refer anyone requesting permission to copy or publish elsewhere to the original writer, and in so doing, will disclose whatever contact information the original writer provided.

Fair Use, Attribution and Copyright Guidelines for Writers Using Material from Third Parties

By making content available in a post, you represent and warrant that:

  • the downloading, copying and use of the content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the content;
  • you have attributed quotations, cited resources and otherwise fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms.

Writing and Submission Suggestions

Here are suggestions for writing and submission practices which help draw readers to your post.

  • Provide a unique title relevant to the content of the post
  • Provide unique content
  • Employ a heading tag with the most relevant keyword to the webpage, try to place in upper portion of the page
  • Bold content that is more relevant & valuable
  • Provide an one or more images
  • Optimize images: fill out title, caption & Alt Text fields, and consider ‘Insert from URL’ if the image’s web address displays only to the image (example here)
  • Use hyperlinks
  • Employ ‘Related Content’ function when posting, if relevant.
  • Cut and paste from other WordPress blogs, with attribution
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