If you agree to our contributor guidelines, and you’re ready to apply to become a contributor to Survival at Home, please fill out the application below. We will contact you within 72 hours.
Note: This is NOT a contract to write for us – we do not have any contracts at this time. This is simply your request to become a writer. You will be contacted via email before moving to the next phase.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
To fully understand what we publish, you’ll have to read some of our articles. We like to publish practical articles that aim to help people on their journey to becoming more self-reliant. We love instructional posts with advice that is backed up with personal experience.
Do you pay your contributors?
Not yet, but we look forward to offering pay to our writers in the future!
If you don’t pay your writers, what’s in it for me?
We offer you the opportunity to place your own Amazon (and other) affiliate links in your articles. You are also provided with a custom author bio box at the bottom of each of your articles with links to your recent posts on the site as well as links to your own blog and social media profiles.
Can I repost my submission on my blog?
No. If your article is run on Survival at Home, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing articles in full on your blog or any other website, but we do allow excerpts to be curated and linked back to the original article here (as stated on our syndication page). (Reposting full articles on multiple websites can actually hurt SEO traffic results for both sites.) You are more than welcome to post an excerpt on your site linking to your full article here, though.
How long should my posts be?
We like to publish substantial articles that are at least 1,000 words. We feel that anything less than 1,000 words doesn’t fully convey the message and provide sufficient instruction for our readers to fully learn the concept of self reliance.
Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?
If your article is clearly in the “self-reliance” theme of the site, there is no need to pitch the article. If you have an idea and aren’t sure about whether the content is in line with the overall message of the site, please ask before you take the time to write something we may not be willing to publish.
Should I include links within the piece?
Absolutely! We love it when you include helpful links that are relevant for the reader. You can include links that are to appropriate posts on your own site or on any other news site or blog. If you can link to other posts on Survival at Home, that’s a bonus! (Note: All links should open in a new tab.) You are also allowed to add affiliate links to products that may be relevant to the article.
Should I write a headline?
By all means! But please understand that we reserve the right to tweak it slightly for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.
Will you edit my post?
Possibly. We may edit your article for content and clarity, but we will absolutely do everything we can to preserve your voice and your message. We may also add commentary before, after, or in the post itself as an editor’s note.
Is there anything else I need to keep in mind?
We feel the best posts have short paragraphs (3-5 sentences) with a few sub-headings and images.
…and please use only one space between sentences!
Should I include an image?
If you have relevant images, yes. But as we said on the Contributor Guidelines page, they must either be your own photos, or ones that you have clearance to use. When in doubt about a photo, ask us.
Do I need to submit a headshot?
Survival at Home uses your email to pull your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there.
What should I do when I’m finished writing my post?
When you have completed the article, please send us an email. We will review it, edit it as we see fit, tweak it for SEO, give you any feedback you may need, and then schedule it to be posted. When it goes live, we ask you to please be active in the comments and make sure you’re responding to readers’ questions, comments or thoughts.
Do I need to select categories and tags for my article?
No. We will assign tags and place it to the appropriate category (sometimes we may even create a new sub-category). Also, there are things below the editing area that you do not need to worry about — we’ll take care of all that, you just write a good article.