So you want to contribute on Bcon?
Well you’re in luck, because we’re always on the lookout to add some awesome talent to our team of Bcon Contributors!
But before you start your masterpiece, let’s make sure we are on the same page. First item of business: We don’t accept unsolicited submissions. We DO accept brief pitches and if we like your writing and your idea, we may invite you to contribute.
The reason we’re a bit tight with our guidelines when it comes to guest submissions is that we take a lot of pride in delivering only the best content to the Bcon community. So we’re looking for next-level insights from individuals who have great advice to offer and a knack for writing. Having said that, once you’re on our exclusive list of Bcon Contributors, your piece will be published on the magazine. Your content will be seen far and wide. Our mission is to get YOU as much exposure as possible.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Read on.
PLEASE NOTE: We typically respond to contribution requests within 1-2 weeks. But since we get a lot of requests, we are unable to respond to every message. We can only respond to those we choose to move forward with. Also, if your pitch does not adhere to the guidelines below, you will not receive a response.
– It has to be high quality. We seriously have high standards when it comes to our content. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to go through multiple revisions and edits before we publish it.
– It’s original. This one is pretty obvious. If your article has been published anywhere else before, we don’t want it.
– Know our audience. Beacon is all about providing quality, actionable content for individuals looking to boost their businesses/personal brands, keeping their eyes out for opportunities and anything within that ecosystem. All content are to be written bearing in mind that Beacon Magazine has a global audience.
– It’s actionable. Our main requirement is that your article provides useful and actionable advice to our audience. This isn’t a place to wax poetic about the state of social media unless you’re telling our audience what they can do about it.
– In-depth but concise. We don’t have word requirements, but our contributors tend to run somewhere between 1000 and 3000 words. We like for our content to be detailed and dive deep, but we don’t want it to drone on or be repetitive.
– You’re around when the Magazine goes live. Contributors must be online when the Magazine goes live and promote on their social media channels.
– You’re ready to do your part to promote. Of course Beacon will be sure to promote the Magazine. But make sure that you do your part as well. Let everyone in your network know that you are a part of something huge!
– Re-posting. Once published on the Beacon Magazine, contributors are not permitted to re-post their article on any other websites or media outlets.
– Content rights. If we do not end up publishing your contribution, you are free to use this article anywhere else on the web. We do not own the rights to your piece.
How to Pitch
Tell us your idea. Only the idea, not the finished product. Please include:
Two to three suggestions for a headline for your idea.
One to two sentences summarizing the main idea of the post, not to exceed 100 words.
A basic outline of what you intend to write, and what direction you want to take.
Links to 3 previous samples that are similar to what you would write for Beacon.
Each piece of published content will include a bio box, link to your site and two social media links of your choice.
If your pitch is accepted, then we’ll ask you to submit a draft. At that point, we will send over our detailed guidelines and more information. Please note that a successful pitch does not automatically ensure your piece will be published.