Scribe Submission Guidelines

What I publish and how to submit your story

Thomas Gaudex
Apr 28, 2018 · 8 min read

Welcome to Scribe, the little haven of peace where you can read original stories written from the heart.

Far from the tumult of today’s society, the publication invites you through the stories of its writers to take time.

Take the time, and simply enjoy a moment of reading.

Would you like to be published in the publication? You’ve come to the right place! Why? Because every writer in Scribe house feels at home here. Enjoy your reading and maybe we’ll see you soon!


Table of contents

Introduction
What I publish & What I do not publish
What it means to be published on Scribe
Before sending your application
Before submitting your story
How to submit your story
Just one more thing


Introduction

Be sure to read the great summary of the year 2019, which includes more than 90 stories and poems published on Scribe throughout the year. Share it around you, you’ll help make the publication shine!

Every Sunday, I send a letter to the readers of the publication. It is also published on Scribe, like a regular story. All letters can be found from the publication’s navigation bar. The page is naturally called: The Letter. You will find the link to subscribe to The Letter at the end of this article.

Here are the last two letters, to make your mouth water:

Reading The Letter is the best way to be aware of everything that happens on Scribe. Remember to applaud it 50 times, by doing so you will allow the publication to grow significantly and help its writers make themselves known.

Follow Scribe’s Instagram feed, you’ll enjoy strolling through it!


What I publish & What I do not publish

I publish stories about life, love, and freedom. I like stories that come from the heart and express a personal point of view. I seek above all emotion. I want to know what moves your heart, so I’m looking for stories written in the first person.

I don’t publish stories about entrepreneurship, startups, and all things related to marketing or growth. Other publications do it very well on Medium, and that’s fine.

I don’t publish stories focused on personal development, or stories like “How To…” and “3 Things To Do When…” that pollute Medium and are for the most part irrelevant.

If you dream of becoming the Medium’s next millionaire thanks to the Partner Program, you are not welcome here. In other words, if the main reason for your presence on Medium is money, don’t knock on Scribe’s door.

I’m not interested in content creators disguised as writers. I don’t read writers who consider writing on Medium as a business and who will be willing to write anything to increase their earnings with the Partner Program.

Note: You’ll find here stories in English and French. I’m convinced that mixing languages, writers and cultures can produce compelling stories!


What it means to be published on Scribe

Whatever happens, you own your story and you keep all rights on it. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose to publish your story in Scribe, it is to keep it there. If I welcome you, it’s because I think you have real talent, so it’s not to let you get away!

When your story is published in Scribe, and that is the difference, then it will be visible to all followers of the publication and will appear on their network. In other words, you have direct access to an audience of more than 16,000 engaged readers!

Also, remember that when someone claps on your story, it becomes visible to all of that person’s subscribers. That’s the magic of Medium!

If you have talent, and I have no doubt about it, your story can be curated by Medium. This means that in addition to being published on Scribe, your story is selected by Medium’s editors to appear in topics. And this happens very often!

The result is much higher visibility, both for you and for the publication. But must of all, it is a sign that your story is of great value.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Before sending your application

First of all, please note that I only publish original stories, i.e. stories that are not already published online outside the publication. I find it more interesting to offer readers stories that they haven’t been able to read elsewhere on the Internet.

Besides, I really want new writers who join Scribe to actively participate in the publication’s life, so I expect you will play the game by reading, clapping, and replying to the stories of the publication’s talented writers.

That’s why I only accept writers who are members of Medium (who pay a subscription fee of $5 per month).

Please do not apply to become a writer for the publication if you just want to increase your audience after knocking on the door of twenty publications before Scribe. Your desire must be to publish your next stories in priority here!

I will carefully study your profile, the writers you support, the publications in which you already publish your stories, to make sure that you share Scribe’s values.

Before submitting your story

Read the 10 points below to avoid wasting your time and to get your story published as quickly as possible:

I prefer that you write under your real name, but pen names are accepted. Your Medium profile includes a good quality picture of you and you have filled in your description (a few words to introduce yourself). Readers will be happy to know a little bit who you are!

Your story has no spelling or grammar errors. Remember to review your piece or have it review if you are ever unsure. Install the Grammarly extension for your browser, it is free and fixes most of the classic errors. And it works with Medium!

Carefully present your story. Let your story breathe by making short paragraphs (between 5 and 6 lines). Use the different layout options offered by Medium to improve legibility.

Illustrate your piece with a featured image. Place it right after your title and subtitle. To ensure perfect image quality, I now only accept images from Unsplash. Unsplash is also integrated into Medium!

Use the title case format for the headline, and sentence case format for the subtitle, as Medium points out in its guidelines. If you have any doubts when writing your headlines, you can use this great tool: Title Case Converter.

Besides, when you highlight the subtitle, choose the small “T” in the toolbar to apply the “subtitle” format, as Medium does not apply it automatically.

For your poems, remember to remove the automatic line breaks that Medium does. When you are at the end of a sentence, hold down the shift key and press Enter. You can only do this via a computer.

Your story should not exceed 10 min read. It’s not that I’m not interested in long stories, but it’s a format that doesn’t really work on Scribe at the moment.

Your story is properly tagged with the 5 tags available (Love, Life, Short Story, Poetry, Writing, Fiction, Poems on Medium…).

Your story is in draft form. This is important so that your piece is well featured in the publication. Once you have submitted your draft, be patient. Your story will be published either the same day or scheduled for the next day. Please submit only the final version of your draft. I do a real proofreading job before publishing your story, please respect this work by not editing your piece once it is awaiting publication.

Calls to Action are not welcome. Please adhere to these good practices set out by Medium: Best Practices for Calls to Action in Partner Posts.

I publish only one piece per writer per day. I’m not at the factory here, and I REALLY care about the writers I publish. Quality will always take precedence over quantity.

Once you’re added as a writer for the publication, I can’t guarantee you that I will publish every story you submit to Scribe. I read each piece carefully, and my priority remains to offer readers quality work. I will always explain to you why I refuse a story and help you improve it if necessary.

I will never edit your content. If I have comments I’ll send you a private note or I’ll try to contact you directly.


How to submit your story

If you’re not yet a writer with Scribe, send an email to thomasgwriter@gmail.com with a link to your Medium profile and two links to the stories or poems (in draft form) you would like to submit. Explain in a few words why you want to join the publication and share links to three stories you liked on Scribe, and for which you gave claps. The review process usually takes 3–7 days. Don’t worry, I’ll answer you anyway.

Note: I’ll not take the time to read your story if you write it directly in the email or if you send it as an attachment. This also applies to stories published outside Medium. Given the very large number of stories received each day, please consider that if I don’t come back to you within 15 days, it is because I have not selected your story. That doesn’t mean your piece is not of quality, it is only that it does not correspond to what I’m looking for at the time.

If you’re a new writer (you have been added as a writer after receiving a positive response by email), create a new story, and write your words. Once your draft is ready for submission, click on the three little dots beside the Publish icon in the right-hand corner of your Draft page, choose “Add to publication”, select Scribe and I will be notified. If you need help: add draft to publication. The review process usually takes 1–3 days. You will be notified of acceptance or rejection.

If you have just joined the publication, I wish you a warm welcome! I’m looking forward to reading your next story.

I invite you to visit the page dedicated to Scribe’s writers and write a few words about yourself, you will be able to discover pens that I often publish and it will be an opportunity for other readers to discover your writing.


Just one more thing

The publication is edited on a voluntary basis. To help me devote more time to its mission and bring the publication and its writers closer to the stars, you can now support my work on Patreon.

Depending on the tier you choose, you can benefit from several advantages, such as a weekly highlight in The Letter or personalized support (1 hour of proofreading and editing) for each of your submissions.

Have a look at Scribe’s page on Patreon and choose which patron you would like to become! Whatever the amount of your contribution, it will allow me to work even harder to develop Scribe and its talented writers.


I’ll update these guidelines as needed moving forward.

Until then, read, write, and love!

Thomas, Editor-in-Chief

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Thomas Gaudex

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Writer. Dreamer. Editor, Scribe. I like to surf and look at the stars. thomasgaudex.com. patreon.com/scribemedium

Scribe

Scribe

Stories that matter. Emotion first and foremost.

Thomas Gaudex

Written by

Writer. Dreamer. Editor, Scribe. I like to surf and look at the stars. thomasgaudex.com. patreon.com/scribemedium

Scribe

Scribe

Stories that matter. Emotion first and foremost.

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