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contributorsWriter’s Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in writing for Plum Deluxe – we’d love to have you!  Before moving forward with a submission, it is strongly recommended that you read about our philosophy  – most of our current contributors are avid readers. If you don’t understand why we say “make moments that matter,” we will be able to tell in your pitch!

(Note, if you represent a brand or company and want to publish content on our website, please see our advertising kit.)

We pay writers $30 per feature, and we work with both new and established writers, but you must have an example article or portfolio piece online first. More details can be found down below.

First, what topics are open for submissions?

All topic areas on Plum Deluxe are open for reader submissions; however, we are only looking for specific topics in each area.    Please review these before submitting; we get quite a few generic “tips” articles, which we are not interested in.

Travel

  • Wanted: weekend getaways
  • Do Not Pitch: family/baby/children travel or adrenaline/adventure articles.

Food 

  • Wanted: custom recipes
  • Do Not Pitch: restaurant reviews or product reviews.

Drink

  • Wanted: wine pairings, beer/coffee/tea, cocktail recipes (with original photography)
  • Do Not Pitch: product reviews, pre-made off-the shelf mixes

Home

  • Wanted: pretty and practical interior design ideas, dinner party ideas
  • Do Not Pitch: large or overly complicated/expensive DIY projects

Health

  • Wanted: First-person stories on tackling health issues; we prefer writing about preventative health and mind/motivation
  • Do Not Pitch: Anything related to drugs or disease treatment

Style

  • Wanted: features for our “how to dress like a ___” series, interesting themed style pieces for both men and women, beauty tips
  • Do not Pitch: individual product reviews, fashion shows

If you’re not sure what section your story goes in, don’t worry about it. If you’re writing about affordable luxury, treating yourself, simple pleasures, or lifestyle upgrades, you are on track.

We also have monthly themes that can help you with brainstorming; click here for the 2014 themes.

For more information about article length, styling, formatting, images, etc., please take a look at our style guide.

Now that you know what you’re looking for and have refined your idea, how do you submit it?

The first step is to get your article topic approved.  Be sure that you submit your idea and get clarity from us first, as we don’t want you to you work hard on something we don’t want or need.  (The technical term for this is “on spec” and we do not accept submissions “on spec.”)

The submission form below is where you submit your topic for review. We’ve kept the form neat and simple, but please give your proposal some thought before hitting submit.  We’ll get back to you generally within a month with a yes or no.  If it’s a yes, we’ll also include some information about the scope, any specific format for you to use, and other editorial recommendations, along with deadlines and details.


 We are currently not accepting story pitches at this time. We suggest signing up for The Blend – we’ll include a notice in a future update when we are accepting submissions again.

 

What happens after you submit your idea? 

Once your idea is approved, you’ll work with one of our editors to get everything submitted.  You’ll need to provide your content, photos, a short bio, and register your email address on gravatar.com for your author bio.

Once your article has been edited and a publish date scheduled, your payment will be processed.  We only pay via Paypal at this time. We pay $30USD for each article, typically 2 weeks after your story is approved.

Depending on our editorial calendar, it can be a few months before your work is published, or perhaps your piece will fit right into an empty slot the next month. We’ll email you when we know the date and URL, so when it publishes you can share it with your friends, online and offline.

Dos and Don’ts

A few things to keep in mind about our editorial style:

Do:

  • Follow the process.  We’re a small team so respect our guidelines. Most important is to show us your previous work – if you’re a new writer, setup a free blog on WordPress.com and write a few example articles. We receive so many pitches that have no examples, and unfortunately, they all go immediately into the trash bin.
  • Have appropriate photos, or find appropriate photos such as those with the Creative Commons License on Flickr or free sites like SXC or Morgue File.  We prefer images that are 640px wide.  If you don’t resize your photos, we’ll send them back to you.
  • Familiarize yourself with voice and style before pitching, if you aren’t a regular reader.  If it’s clear you have no idea what the Plum Deluxe philosophy is or the style of our editorial columns, we’ll move on quickly.  We have an entire style guide to guide you through it.

Do Not:

  • Do not use flowery marketing language.  Read your article out loud to a friend.  Are they laughing?  Do they understand the words you are using? Are you speaking directly to the reader using words like “I” and” “you”? If not, rework.
  • Do not get hung up about word count.  You’re telling a story – and your story should help dictate whether a shorter or longer piece is required.
  • Do not send us work that has been published elsewhere. We prefer fresh work that was written with the Plum Deluxe reader in mind.

All writers must agree to our Terms & Conditions for Contributors.