30Ascene.com encourages submissions from any and all who may wish to share their experiences with the 30Ascene.com audience. In order to become a part of this exciting project, however, we ask that you complete a brief application and submit a sample of your writing to us (which can be works published on your blog or somewhere else online).
Although we do publish some serious content, you should know that we prefer entertaining and irreverent works over the serious stuff. The funnier the better. Facts are not necessarily important unless it is meant to be a serious work. Vent – but be funny. Complain – but make it entertaining. Most subjects are fair game as long as it pertains to the South Walton County area and does not threaten puppies or children. Because we all know that the children are the future, and puppies… well… just leave them alone.
Information and Submission Guidelines
First, please note that we do not pay contributors for their submissions. We will, however, give you full attribution—a byline, brief biographical information, a self-photo if desired, and a link back to your own website/blog or mention of your local business or favorite cause. We encourage you to also include links to your Twitter, Facebook and/or Google+ profile(s). If you have a Google AdSense account and would like, we will gladly include your Adsense Code on any article of yours we publish.
If you prefer, we can publish your work anonymously or under a pseudonym, but we still need your real information on file prior to publishing.
All material MUST be original. While it is okay to quote from other sources or to link to them, they must be attributed. Do not submit anything written by anyone else as though it were your own. You are welcome to re-post any material you may have written for 30Ascene.com on your blog(s) and/or website(s), but we require that you include original publishing attributions and a link to the original article at the beginning of each re-posted article. Ex. “Article first published at 30Ascene.com/original-article by You”
If we discover you have fraudulently posted someone else’s writings under your name, we will blacklist you from any future submissions and also remove any/all of your published works from the 30Ascene.com and any other Groove Web Media, LLC’s properties. We will also notify the original author and provide them with your identity.
If we find that you have re-posted articles you have previously written for 30Ascene.com and failed to properly attribute them, and/or submitted articles that you have previously published on other sites, we will blacklist you from any future submissions and also remove any/all of your published works from 30Ascene.com and any other Groove Web Media, LLC’s properties.
As long as your content is related to the South Walton Area, any topic is fair game. You can write about specific landmarks, art, music, dining, water sports, churches, other activities (shopping, golf, charity runs, etc.), tourist tips, traveling on a budget, vacation…whatever you like so long as it provides value and/or entertainment to users visiting 30Ascene.com. The one exception is that we do not allow articles that are sexually explicit in nature.
In order for your article to attract attention from search engines, we ask that all submissions include the following:
- At least one, and no more than four, links to websites related to your article content. ONE link to your own site/blog is allowed in the body of the article as long as it is related to the subject matter of the article. (It will give more help to your blogs search rankings this way)
- At least one photo or digital graphic that is relevant to the topic of your article. The photo can be generic in nature, but should have at least some relevance to your subject matter. Also, while generic photos are allowed, anything which is clearly original, copyrighted material cannot be used unless it is your own or you have written permission from the artist to use it. Finally, please note that the photo may not include any nudity.
- Articles should be a minimum of 300 words and no more than 800. Substantially shorter submissions will not necessarily be rejected but will be closely scrutinized.
If, for whatever reason, you feel your article has a legitimate need to deviate from any of these guidelines, you may contact us to discuss. However, we reserve the right to make the final decision with no appeal.
All of that being said, we welcome you to 30Ascene.com and we look forward to publishing and promoting your work.
If after reading our guidelines and author requirements you would like to become a 30Ascene.com contributor, You may click here to get started.