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Submissions

Love what you read in Original Life magazine? You could be featured too. 

We regularly seek articles between 500 and 750 words that offer advice and inspiration around creativity, writing and purposeful living.

It’s free to apply and we pay £50 GBP (inclusive of any taxes and bank/exchange fees) for each article accepted.

Submission re-open in Spring 2021

How to make a submission

When any of the opportunities above are open, please click the ‘Find out more’ button to see the details and make a submission. Opportunities are open to writers worldwide who are passionate about inspiring creativity and open to editorial guidance.

There is no charge to apply, be considered or published.

Frequently asked questions

What topics can I pitch?

We’re open to suggestions for any topics that may inspire creativity, writing and purposeful living.

Our are articles are positive, encouraging and uplifting.

What will I be asked for when I pitch?

We’ll ask you for a few sentences about your idea for an article, proposed headline, author bio and contact details.

You won’t need to supply the proposed article when pitching and won’t need to provide any attachments.

How many submissions can I make?

You can send us as many pitches as you like during any submissions window and we will consider them all. We will only choose one piece, however, from each writer selected during each round.

How will I know if my submission has been received?

You will receive onscreen confirmation that your submission has been sent successfully after you have completed all the sections.

I’ve made a mistake. Can I withdraw my submission?

If you’ve made a mistake and want to withdraw your submission, please contact us here. If you would like to make another submission, you can do this at any time during an open window.

Does it cost anything to apply or be featured?

It costs nothing to apply or, if you are selected, to be featured.

Are all submissions reviewed?

Yes. We consider every submission received.

How do you select who is featured?

We aim to select a balance of articles and pick the ones we think will most inspire readers. A strong pitch will get across why the article you’re proposing is unique, why you think our readers will enjoy it and why you’re the one to write it.

When will I hear if I’ve been selected?

We provide details of selection dates on the appropriate submissions information pages. Please make a note of this when you apply.

What if I haven’t heard?

If you haven’t heard for us by the deadline we’ve communicated, please contact us here.

What happens next if I’m selected?

We’ll send a contributor agreement to sign, a copy of our style guide and will let you know the deadline. Please make sure this is as polished as possible before you send it to us.

We will then provide editorial support (if necessary) to get your article ready for publication. You will have the opportunity to approve the final version before it is published.

On rare occasions, upon receiving a contributor’s full article, we find it’s not suitable for Original Life. If this happens, we will let you know as soon as possible so that you are then free to place it elsewhere. If we can, we’ll try to make some recommendations for you.

How will I be paid?

If you have been selected to write an article as part of a paid opportunity, you will receive £50 paid in GBP (inclusive of taxes and bank/exchange fees) upon acceptance of your article.

All our payments are made by PayPal (in the UK and internationally) so you must be signed up to write for us. It’s free here.

What if I haven’t been selected?

Please don’t be discouraged if you haven’t been accepted. It’s not a reflection of the standard of your writing. It is always difficult for us to decide who to choose because we aim to get a balance between topics, authors’ backgrounds and genres. We would encourage you to pitch other topics again during a future submission window.

Will I be able to post the article elsewhere?

If we publish your accepted article on Original Life, we retain the rights to the content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website.

You will, however, be able to post a short piece introducing the article you have written on your blog/website with a link to Original Life so your readers can access it there.

How do you publicise articles?

We promote all articles to over 130,000 followers across the social media channels of both Original Life and our founder, Loretta Milan, as well as in our newsletter.

We would encourage you to share your article on your channels too.

Between us, we can help keep inspiring writers around the world!

If you have any further questions, please email contact us here.

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