Writers’ Guidelines

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General Guidelines

Who can write for Beyond the Lamp Post?

Anyone! The aim is for Beyond the Lamp Post to be a comprehensive resource for literary travellers, so we need as many people as possible to be contributing destinations to the site.

Have a look around to get an idea of the different types of content we have here, sign up to the newsletter, and check out the Facebook page. That way you’ll be in the best position possible to get your ideas published as soon as possible.

What do I get for being a contributor?

All contributors to Beyond the Lamp Post can set up an author profile that includes their photo and bio, and links to their website and/or social media. This profile appears at the bottom of each of their contributions to the site.

In addition, blog post authors are able to include up to 3 relevant links back to their own blog content within each post.

If your content in shared on our social media or featured in our newsletter, your social media account or website will also receive a link.

Are your posts edited before publication?

Yes. All content published by Beyond the Lamp Post is edited prior to publication. It is also subjected to plagiarism checks, so please be sure that any content you submit is original. Minor edits will be completed without input from contributors; however, substantial changes will be discussed with the original author and the post will be edited collaboratively.

Beyond the Lamp Post reserves the right not to publish any content that is submitted, if it is not a good fit for the blog. In that (unlikely) occurrence, the author will be notified and will then be free to publish their work elsewhere.

After my post is published, can I publish it on my own blog?

The blog post must remain exclusive to Beyond the Lamp Post for 30 days. After that, you are free to repost your content, but please make sure to note that it originally appeared  on Beyond the Lamp Post.

Destination Guidelines

Entries into the Book Lover’s Guide to the Galaxy should be of specific interest to a literary traveller. This would include places that have featured in books, plays or poetry, been the inspiration for fictional places, or been part of a notable author’s life. It may also include places such as unique independent book stores, libraries, literary museums or theatres. Where your entry relates to a specific book, series or author, please make this clear in the text.

How do I start?

Please register for a Beyond the Lamp Post account, and use the link in the confirmation email to activate your account. You will then be taken to the Profile page, where you can enter your details for inclusion as your contributor bio.

In the Contribute menu of the site, you will find a link entitled Submit a Destination. This will provide you with a form, through which you can enter your destination information. Please note, this menu option and form will only be available when you are logged in to the site.

What should I include for my destination?

Title: Please use the format {Place Name, City (if applicable), Country}.

Image: It is not necessary for you to provide an image for your destination, but you are welcome to suggest one. This can be an original image, or one that you have sourced from a stock photo site. Please provide the appropriate photo credit in the details field of the submission form. The image should be horizontal, no larger than 250kb, and at least 800 x 600px.

Details: Please provide c300-500 words of history/story about the place, explaining its link(s) to literature.

Visitor information: Please provide as much as is relevant/available. A physical address is required.

Any general formatting tips?

  • Write in the third person.
  • Use UK English spelling and grammar.
  • Use one space between sentences.
  • Don’t be afraid to show your personality in your writing. It should be informative but still conversational.

 

Post Guidelines

Where Guide destinations are brief introductions to a particular literary site, blog posts on Beyond the Lamp Post are intended to bring together a theme. This might be in the form of a city guide, a collection of places related to a particular author, or a discussion of the ways a particular idea is brought to life in different locations, for example.

How do I start?

In the first instance, please email contribute[at]beyondthelamppost.com to pitch your ideas. Once your topic has been confirmed, register for a Beyond the Lamp Post account, and use the link in the confirmation email to activate your account. You will then be taken to the Profile page, where you can enter your details for inclusion as your author bio.

Once an admin has upgraded your account to Author level, you will find a link entitled Submit a Post in the Contribute menu of the site. This will provide you with a form, through which you can enter your post content. Please note, this menu option and form will only be available when you are logged in to the site.

What should I include in my post?

Title: Please draft a headline for your post. We may not use it in the end, but please include your suggestion.

Image: Please include at least one image for use with your post. This can be an original image, or one that you have sourced from a stock photo site. Please provide the appropriate photo credit with your post. The image should be horizontal, no larger than 250kb, and at least 800 x 600px.

Length: Please provide approximately 1200-1500 words of text for your post. If you think you are likely to write significantly more or less than this recommendation, please discuss your ideas with us further before submitting your post.

Any general formatting tips?

  • Don’t be afraid to show your personality in your writing. It should be informative but still conversational.
  • Try to keep your use of the first person to a minimum.
  • Please include at least 2-3 relevant links in your post. Where possible, it is encouraged for you to link to other Beyond the Lamp Post content. You may also link to your own blog content, if it is relevant to your current post.
  • Use UK English spelling and grammar, and one space between sentences.