We’re always looking for new authors. If you’ve got a story or and experience that will inspire our readers and help our community grow, we want to hear about it. Just aim to bring readers a fresh perspective on a topic that’s keeping you up at night.
We’ll be honest, though: writing for Talky Tails needs emotions and a strong message. We want your article to be at its best, and we’ll push you to get there. Once accepted, you’ll get extensive feedback from our team, and you’ll work closely with an editor on revisions.
It’s also rewarding. Thousands of animal lovers will read your work, and you’ll also learn a lot in the process about communicating your ideas, about writing, and even about the topic you thought you already knew so well when you started.
What We’re Looking For
You may submit a rough draft, a partial draft, or a short pitch (a paragraph or two summarising insight/ story and why it matters to our readers) paired with an outline. The more complete your submission is, the better feedback we can give you. Keep in mind that we only accept original content—we do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog).
Before you submit, look at our recent articles for insight into structuring and formatting your piece, and make sure your submission:
- Has a voice. Be bold, interesting, and human.
- Is written for an audience of animal and pet lovers, also for people who need to be made aware of dealing with animals in a positive and compassionate way
- Is supported by true stories, not fiction. Better the facts better would be the connect with the article.
What We Publish
We publish articles of anywhere between 600–2,500 words, depending on the subject. 1,500 words are about average. Articles often run with relevant photos or illustrations. Articles may be casual in tone. All should be well-considered data and statistics as per 2022 if used.
How To Submit (And What Happens Next)
Email us your submission. We prefer submissions as Google documents so that editors can easily provide feedback and guidance directly within your draft. You may also send us a word document and images can be attached in the mail separately.
Here’s what happens after you hit Send:
- An editor will review your submission and determine whether it’s a potential fit. If so, the whole team will review and discuss it. This happens once a week.
- The editor will collect the team’s feedback and get back to you with notes.
- Once you’ve addressed our comments, send your revised draft back. The team will discuss it again and let you know if we want to accept it.
- We’ll schedule you for publication as soon as revisions are complete. We can’t give you a specific publication date until the article is almost ready to go live.