TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By submitting your work through this program, you are granting The Good Men Project the exclusive rights to edit, publish, and promote your work. Promotion of your work may include granting permission to other websites to reprint your work in part or in full. Publishing rights revert to the writer upon publication, provided the writer acknowledges any future reprints with a link to the original post at The Good Men Project. Contributors understand they will not receive monetary compensation but have the value of our platform, brand and community.
The Good Men Project Submission and Style Guidelines:
- You will need to submit your post as an attachment (Word doc or RFT). Include your full name, email address, and date of submission at the top of the first page. Name the document clearly: Include your name, the title and the word 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.
- Submissions can be any length. On average, they are 900 to 1,200 words. They can be sent in unsolicited.
- 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 it is wide and varied and mundane and provocative. But for a post to be considered, it must always must be about, by, for, or focused on men. (Please note that approximately 20% of our contributors are women. That's great---we love women's voices. But they write about men, or sometimes about raising boys who become men.)
- Here are some of the subjects we write about. This is not an all-inclusvie list, just thought-starters: Sports, Politics, Ethics, Parenting, Marriage, Arts & Entertainment, Work and Business, Health, Wellness, Fitness, Mental Heath, Aging, Masculinity, Dating, Relationships, Travel and Adventure, takes on News Events, OpEds, Education, Spirituality, Sexuality, Gender Issues. You can also find out more about what we write about here 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.
- Limit paragraph length to three or four sentences. Don't indent paragraphs.
- Include any relevant photographs at the end of the story, with captions and photo credit information, if applicable. You must have permissions or rights to any photos you submit with your stories.
- Insert any hyperlinks in Microsoft Word.
Follow AP Style guidelines regarding numbers, capitalization, abbreviations, and punctuation, with two exceptions:
- For emdashes, use three hyphens---with no spaces before and after the dashes, even when using quotation marks---"like this."
- Use "email" instead of "e-mail."
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 quoting something that links to another study, that study must also be available to the public.
-When using a source that is questionable or open to bias, you MUST mention it.
Subscriptions can be multi-media (written, video, audio, cartoons, etc.)
Size limit: 500-1500 words (flexible)Submit here to be considered for inclusion in the Dads and Families section
Size limit: 1200-10,000 wordsGeneral Fiction Submissions
Fiction submissions should be between 1,200 and 10,000 words. Please DO include your name in the submission information, but DO NOT include your name in the document. Submissions that reach subsequent rounds will be read blind. In the cover letter, please FIRST include fewer than 50 words about yourself and your publication history; THEN a note on whether your submission is simultaneously submitted (also submitted to other publications); FINALLY, paste the first 300 words of your submission below your bio and note.
Hint: your bio should include 1. book publications; 2. publications of shorter works; 3. fellowships or awards. If none of these apply, please indicate so (e.g. "This would be my first published story." This will not count against you. We like discovering new writers.) Please do not include a summary of the story. This is our pet peeve and will cause your fingers to explode.
Only one submission every six months will be considered. For example, if you sent a story in January, wait until July to send again. Any submissions that do not follow this rule will be discarded without note.
All submissions must be previously unpublished in the United States. Because this is an electronic publication, that includes anyplace online, even blogs.
The editor will try to respond to all submissions within 3 months. Feel free to query if more than 3 months has elapsed.
Lastly, the stories in The Good Men Project Magazine are available online, so do take a moment to acquaint yourself with past selections before submitting.
Size limit: 4,000 wordsThe length should be around 2,500 words. Anything longer than 4,000 words will not be accepted. Submissions must include an author bio and a link to purchase the book.