Call for Submissions
Thank you to everyone who took part in May’s call for submissions writing challenge. Due to how popular it was and all the amazing articles and feedback we received, we’re happy to announce a new call for submissions that will run from now until the end of June.
If you took part in our last challenge, you’ll know we were very specific about the topics and angles we were looking for. This month we’ve chosen categories that are a little broader so as to still give you an idea of what we’re looking for but also allow for more creative freedom.
So, without further ado, here’s what we’d love to read and publish in June.
1. Tutorials/Step-by-Step Guides
Have you ever been in a position where you just wanted a comprehensive yet straightforward guide to help you do something but struggled to find it?
We want Start it up to be the place creators come when they want to learn how to build their thing — whether it’s how to create an online course or how to sell their work.
What can you teach our audience that will help them on their creator journey?
A few examples of articles we’ve recently published that are a good representation of what we’re looking for in this category include:
- Why You Need a Writer Website — and How to Build One in 15 Minutes
- How to Create a Professional Looking Lead Magnet for Free
- How to Sell Your Article as an NFT
- Self-Publishing through Amazon’s KDP
We’re not looking for basic beginner's guides to creating a LinkedIn account, YouTube channel, etc. as these are overdone topics.
2. Trending | The Next Big Thing
A few months back NFTs were all the rage. But what’s rocking the creator economy right now? What’s the next big thing we need to know about?
Is there a new social media platform that’s hot news for creators? What changes has the new economy brought that will have an effect on freelancers? Can entrepreneurs cash in on the need for new resources due to the upshoot in remote working?
All articles in this category should be well-researched and sources cited. We’d particularly like to see articles that are formed of authoritative advice and trend analysis.
Some of our favourite recently published articles that fall into this category include:
3. Mindset | Mental Health
Entrepreneurs and creators are a unique bunch, we’re resilient, hard-working, and innovative as we strive to make a living from our passions. Naturally then, life as a creative can be tough. What mindset do we need to adopt to thrive in the creator economy? What are the mental health implications of being a solopreneur? How do we mentally manage each step of the entrepreneurial journey?
We’ll be extra strict on what we accept in this category as we’re looking for very unique perspectives, strategies, and tips. We want you to think outside the box and move beyond the obvious topics — we won’t accept anything on burnout or imposter syndrome/self-doubt as these are topics that have already been covered extensively on this platform.
Writers who take one specific area of entrepreneurial life and provide in-depth advice on it will likely be the strongest submissions in this category.
If you’d like to write something in this category, we’d recommend reading these articles first to give you an idea of what we’re looking for:
Smart creators value what others have already figured out and are keen to know the hacks that will get them to where they want to be as quickly as possible.
If you’ve found the smartest and/or fastest route to do something or have carried out extensive research on a topic that you know will benefit other creators, then we and our readers want to hear about it.
Some articles we’ve recently published that fall into this category include:
- Test Whether Another Creator’s Winning Strategy Will Work for You with ‘The Outlier Disqualifier’
- I Tested 30+ Website Builders — These 13 Are the Best For Any Task
- How to Spot a Bad Business Idea (and the Right One)
- Set Your Blog Posts to Publish Before You Write Them
Note: Please don’t use ‘hacks’ in the title. We’re looking for articles that focus on one area i.e. a creative strategy so the title should be relevant to the topic you are discussing and not a generic title like ’10 Hacks to Make You a Better Creator’. The articles above and their titles above are very good examples of what we’re looking for.
We are always thankful for the high amount of submissions we receive but do bear in mind that due to our small team we can’t, unfortunately, provide feedback on every submission we receive.
If you submit your work to us but don’t hear back then we’d recommend reading over our requirements detailed in this article again, checking our normal submission guidelines as all submissions still need to abide by our standard rules, and also checking what else we’ve recently published. The most common reasons why we pass on an article include:
- It’s too short — we don’t accept articles under 4 minutes long. The best-performing articles are typically between 5–7 minutes however, depending on the nature of the article, some will naturally be longer e.g. tutorials.
- The tips/strategies/ideas are common knowledge — we’re looking for unique strategies, fresh angles, and innovative ideas. Honestly ask yourself how many people would already be aware of the tips you offer — if it’s 50% or more then consider it common knowledge.
- It’s too basic — the topic has only been explored at a rudimentary level and therefore, not considered valuable enough for the reader. There are likely zero or minimal actionable takeaways.
- It’s too ‘you’ focused — otherwise known as a diary entry. We love personal stories but only when they have the reader in mind. Ensure that everything you mention has a valid place in the story and by that we mean it needs to consider how the reader can apply your experiences to their own creative endeavours.
- It’s about Medium — as per Medium’s guidelines, no meta articles are allowed. If you need to mention your work on this platform during the course of your article then it should be minimal and you should refer to Medium as ‘this platform’ or similar.
Send us your work now!
If you’ve never written for us before then you can submit your article to us here. If you’re an existing contributor then submit to us in the normal way.
If none of the above ideas grab your attention, but we hope they do, then we’re still open for normal submissions so don’t forget to check out our guidelines here.
If you have any questions or queries then please leave us a comment and one of the team will get back to you.
We can’t wait to read your stories.
The Start it up team
Thanks very much to Lauren Kay, Jennifer Dunne, Mehboob Khan, Leona Françoise, Claire D. Costa, Dima Syrotkin, Asmita Karanje, Jovan Cicmil, Leo Sharp, Paco Cantero, Polly Campbell, David Majister, Desiree Peralta, Rachel Greenberg, Dmitry Leiko, Ellen McRae, and Oren Cohen for writing the amazing articles featured above.