At Writing Times we are committed to producing high quality up-to-date literary events and compelling book and film reviews. As a small and upcoming magazine, we want to put Writing Times at the fore of the literary world as a dependable resource of information for aspirational writers and a forum for literary discussion.
Who can write for us?
Any aspirational writer with a passion for literature and film.
What is our aim?
To reach as many people as possible, informing and inspiring others of the joys of reading and writing.
Why write for us?
With over 5,000 followers on Twitter, 17,000 on facebook and plenty of opportunities to develop and hone your writing talent, blogging for Writing Times can help build your reputation and further your career.
What are we looking for?
We’re looking for excellent content. This could be in the form of a:
Originality: We want original, high-quality compelling content. We will not publish anything that has been copied from elsewhere. Please check the magazine to ensure an article hasn't previously been written on the same subject matter.
Links: Provide relevant links within the text.
We receive a great deal of interest from bloggers, so our aim is to publish any content when we can and in line with our strategy. Once submitted, please allow up to two working weeks for a response. We reserve the right to edit any copy.
Here are some top tips for writing on the website
Read our website
Develop a sense of what we publish, our tone and voice.
Short and sweet
People generally have short attention spans so keep text to a minimum, don’t waffle. Keep text concise and to the point. Our readers look for quality writing in short articles.
Tell a story – like a journalist.
Cover who, what, when, where, how, and why. Make it personal.
Because people have so little time, they want information to get to the point. Writing for the website, you should think about the inverted pyramid – talk about the conclusion first, then expand upon it so people know what the article is about from the start and if they are interested they will read it. If they are not interested in it, we haven’t wasted their time.
Headlines should be clear and descriptive, no puns or clever headlines as they don’t work well with search engines. Use sub headings to make the information easier to read and search.
All articles should be written so they would be understood using simple, clear, accessible language. A lot of people come to us via search engines so it’s important that our articles appear high up on search returns. When you are writing text, a blog or an article think about your keywords. For example, if it is a blog on book review, make sure book review is in the headline and sub heading and appears high up in the article body if possible. Search engines think the most important information is first so don’t leave your key words to the last paragraph. To think about your key words, think about what search terms people would type into Google to find your article.
Proofreading your text before you send it to us is essential. Although, we have a team of excellent editors, we would prefer if your article is submitted to us with as little errors and spelling mistakes as possible. Spelling errors and grammatical errors look awful on a website and make it look ‘untrustworthy’.
Each blog post should contain an image. When you are adding an article or new page break up the text with images and diagrams. Please suggest a photo from Big Stock photos and send us the link along with your article.