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 All contributors will be asked to agree to our TERMS AND CONDITIONS before submitting. When you submit, you also agree to receive emails from The Good Men Project. You can unsubscribe any time.

Please consider joining our Good Men Project Premium Membership community. This will not guarantee an acceptance of your submission, but it will open the door to a wealth of community resources including admission to our FB Writer's Group, the ability to sign up for our Weekly Writing Prompts, a Premium Member Commenting Badge and free admission to ongoing trainings on Writing, Editing and Platform Building.

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The Good Men Project Submission and Style Guidelines:

- Include your full name, email address, and date of submission.

- Please include a 2-3 sentence bio and have an author photo uploaded as a Gravatar. Let us know the email attached to the Gravatar account if it is different than the email you submit with.

- Only on-brand submissions will be considered. We are having a conversation about what it means to be a man in the 21st century---and that conversation is wide and varied and mundane and provocative. But for a post to be considered, it must always must be about, by, or focused on men---even if (or especially if) the contributor is a woman.

Content standards: Per our editorial guidelines, will not accept material that is sexually explicit or contains profanity, hate language/slurs. This includes text, video, and/or photos that are part of submissions.

- Here are some of the subjects we write about. This is not an all-inclusive list, just thought-starters: Dads & Families, Sports, Politics, Ethics, Marriage, Masculinity, Arts & Entertainment, Work and Business, Health, Wellness, Fitness, Mental Health, Aging, Dating, Relationships, Travel and Adventure, takes on News Events, OpEds, Education, Spirituality, Sexuality and Gender Issues. You can also find out more about what we write about---along with our mission and vision---on our About Page.

- Include a suggested headline and one sentence sub-headline for your story. Refer to the website for examples.

-You may submit previously published work, put you must include all appropriate credits and links back to the original. By accepting our terms and conditions you are acknowledge you have permission to have the work re-published. 


- If you include photos, images or artwork with your post, you must own the actual art, or have explicit, written permission to publish it. We reserve the right to substitute our own photos, especially if we cannot prove rights ownership. All videos or audio included with the work must have an embed code. 

-- Follow AP Style guidelines regarding numbers, capitalization, abbreviations, and punctuation, with one exception. For em dashes, use three hyphens---with no spaces before and after the dashes, even when using quotation marks---"like this." And remember: AP Style calls for only one space after a period or colon. If you put two spaces between sentences, your submission will be printed, shredded, and set on fire. And numbers under 10, like nine or eight, should be spelled out, except in the case of ages, like a 5-year-old girl, or a boy, 6. 

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Below are some general writing suggestions. However, we like nothing more than helping new writers become good writers and good writers become great writers. How do we do that?

1) First, we have an amazing team of Editors who will help you with any specific post.

2) Second, you are encouraged to sign up for our Writing Prompt Email. About twice a week we will send prompts about topic ideas we think are most likely to be hits.

3) We offer trainings in Writing, Platform Building and Editing. You'll receive notification of the Trainings in the Writer's Prompt Email above. Note: Trainings are free for all Premium Members. Not a Premium Member? Sign up here. 

4) We have a Writer's Group on Facebook where you can meet other writers at The Good Men Project, workshop story ideas and headlines, and get promotional help. 

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General Writing Suggestions:

- Be clear; say exactly what you mean.
- Avoid cliches like the plague.
- Never use the word "utilize."
- Avoid beginning sentences with "Look," "Listen," "You see," or "Now."
- Avoid rhetorical questions.
- Avoid squishy, meaningless adjectives, like "quite," "somewhat," and "interesting."

- Here are some good rules for good writing, from George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language":

  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.

  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

  • Never use the passive where you can use the active.

  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Please see also our post: 10 Writing Tips if You're Writing for The Good Men Project.

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If you are writing a research-based post or are using research to support any claims you make in a piece:

-Do not use any research behind a paywall. All research used must be available to the public.
-When linking to a large study, you must include the page number(s) where the information for the claim you are making comes from.
-When using a source that is questionable or open to bias, you MUST mention it.

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