Welcome to The Good Men Project community. We think you're going to like it here.
The Good Men Project started 5 years ago with the idea to "spark an international conversation about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century." And oh, what a spark that has been.
We have had over 2,000 contributors publish over 45,000 articles. We've had readers from every country in the the world. And we've had Editors from around the globe, including the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, and Laos.
We've seen the conversation grow wider and deeper, more nuanced and more provocative. We’ve seen people change. We’ve seen men become more open to to the idea of what masculinity is and how social pressures sometimes influence their choices. We’ve seen women become more understanding of men’s experience and what they’ve been through. We’ve seen the connections between what we call the ‘Man-Box’ and social issues like racism, sexism and homophobia, and that has given us insights into how to help create positive social change. We’ve seen the perception of Dads change throughout the years and we are proud that Good Men Project has been part of that change. We are no less in awe of the potential for what we can actually accomplish here than we were on the day we launched. The fact that we have just passed 300 million total page views (yes, 300 million) still feels like just the beginning.
We think you will enjoy contributing to a mission-based publication that has vast reach and high engagement. We’ve built an incredible community here, and people who join The Good Men Project know that they have helped build something extraordinary.
Anyone can contribute, anyone can take part in The Good Men Project in some way. But if you really want to be a deeply engaged part of our community, please consider joining our Good Men Project Premium Membership community. It's just $5 a year, or $20 a year for Gold member status. Becoming a member 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 and Premium Members only discussion group, the chance to meet other writers, contributors and editors, the ability to sign up for our twice-weekly Writing Prompts email, a Premium Member Commenting Badge and free admission to ongoing trainings on Writing, Editing and Platform Building. The trainings themselves are packed with information and designed to help you succeed here or at any other media company you where you contribute.
It's a community unlike any other. And we think you're going to like it here.
The Good Men Project Submission and Style Guidelines:
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.
- 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, 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.
Per our editorial guidelines, will not accept material that is sexually explicit or contains profanity, hate language or 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.
We like nothing more than helping new writers become good writers and good writers become great writers. How do we do that?First, we have an amazing team of Editors who will help you with any specific post. If you have an Editor you like working with---request them on your submission!
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.
Third, 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.
And lastly, 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.
Some 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."
And 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 using a source that is questionable or open to bias, you MUST mention it.
Thank you for submitting to The Good Men Project. Community is valued here.