What does FitnessJunkees look for in Submissions?
What we’re looking for: While there aren’t strict guidelines about the type of posts we feature, we find that recipe submissions, stories about a major transformation, relationship advice, ideas for personal growth, essays on unique experiences, household tips, nutrition tips and specific fitness sequences or fitness routines work best. We love posts that help our readers connect with energy that enables growth, vibrancy and connection.
What we look for in recipes: When submitting a recipe, please be sure to include an original, high-quality photo of your prepared dish. Please include serving size, ingredients (including measurements), clear directions on how to prepare the recipe, as well as an introductory paragraph explaining how you like to serve the dish or why this recipe has become one of your favorites.
What we look for in workout or fitness posts: While a photo submission with these posts is not necessary, it is highly encouraged. The photo should be original, of you or a model completing the pose, sequence, or routine you’re writing about, and it should be high-quality. When submitting this kind of post, please provide specific instruction on exactly how to complete the activity. Assume your reader is fit, but new to this particular exercise. If you have a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) illustrating the activity, we are happy to include that in the post, too.
Photos: All contributors are encouraged to submit photos with their posts. Photos should be at least 850 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall (bigger in either direction, or both, is fine). For recipes, transformation stories, fitness posts and a few other exceptions, we will accept slightly smaller photos.
Why should I write for FitnessJunkees?
Here are a few reasons why you should share your ideas.
- You’ll change lives – Our community is passionate about wellness! They’re eager to learn how to live their healthiest lives, share tips with friends and clients, and discuss ideas here on the site. Writing for Fitness Junkees gives you a chance to be part of this discussion, and to shape the way health is perceived around the world.
- You’ll reach a global audience – Once your piece has been accepted for publication, we’ll do our part to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. In addition to posting your work on our home page, we share most posts on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Published pieces will also live in our library of wellness content.
Questions before Submitting
- Is my piece inspiring, informative, and/or educational? -Posts featured on FitnessJunkees are positive and informative. If your piece is snarky, or sarcastic, or not about healthy living, it’s probably not for us. If you’d like to write about astrology, or news, or politics, please find the wellness slant.
- What’s a great title? – Remember: our readers are busy. A good title has the potential to grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you’re stuck trying to create one, ask yourself: What problem does my article solve? How will reading this article make someone’s life better? How would I explain this to a friend?
- Is my first paragraph succinct? – You only get one chance to make a first impression! Does your introductory sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your intro paragraph tell the reader very clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?
- Am I offering readers actionable tips? -Many readers come to FitnessJunkees to find solutions to health issues. A great piece will provide tips that they can implement easily. Here’s an example of a tip that’s actionable: Inhale, count to ten, then exhale as you count to ten again. Notice how clear and precise that is? The reader knows exactly what to do. Here’s an example of a murkier tip: Let go. Okay, sure. But how? (See the difference?)
Writing a Great Post
Here are few pointers to keep in mind when writing for FitnessJunkees.
- Write in your own voice – A great post will sound like a real person wrote it, and it will have a distinctive voice. If you’re not sure what “voice” means in this context, think about it this way: how would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write!
- Keep it short – These don’t need to be long posts! Just 500 words is great! If you’re going to offer tips, include a short introductory paragraph at the top of your post explaining why you’re offering this advice. Are you an expert on the topic? Did you struggle to understand the topic and want to share your knowledge? For example, if you’re sending a recipe, take a few sentences to tell us why you like this dish and when you serve it.
- Have you deleted needless words – Sometimes people use several words when just one will do the trick. We recommend taking one look at your piece to make sure you’re only including words that are absolutely necessary.
- Use an authoritative voice – It’s understood that FitnessJunkees posts are the opinion of the author. As the writer, you’re the expert on your own opinion! For this reason, you don’t need to use phrases like, “in my opinion,” or “I believe,” which detract from the idea you’re trying to convey.
- Use plain English! – Many people who visit FitnessJunkees are new to yoga and wellness, so we prefer to use plain English when describing terms.
- If it’s a recipe, include an amazing photo – Remember: people eat with their eyes, and an enticing photo of a dish can get people excited to try your recipe. While our editors can usually provide images for pieces, they can’t always do this for recipes, which include specific combinations of ingredients. If you’re sending a recipe, it will help your piece to include a gorgeous, professional-quality photo of your creation.
- Show us your sources -If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, please include a link to that source. If you’re claiming that a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. Ideally you’d link to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. This way readers can follow your line of thinking and investigate further if they want to know more.
Tips for a Great Article
We love personal stories, and we’re always on the lookout for great ones. We’ve noticed that really great essays share these qualities:
- Stay focused – Keep the spotlight on one time in your life. If you’re writing about falling in love, don’t mention all your relationships in this essay; stick to one. And keep it on the shorter side. FitnessJunkees essays are about 800 long.
- Include a perspective shift – Great essays illuminate how you’ve changed in one area of your life. Usually this requires some growth in how you view the world, so let us see that transformation! If you begin at Point A, your essay should wind up at Point B.
- Don’t leave us wondering about your motivations – Your choices are what make you interesting, so let us into your thought process.
- Be really specific – It’s ironic, but the more specific you are about your life, the more your story will resonate with others. It makes you seem more real! Being specific about details like who, what, and where will take your writing to another level. For example, it’s stronger to say “the first yoga class of my life, taught by Elena Brower” than “a class.”
- Be, well … personal – The more honest and vulnerable you can be about your struggles and victories, the more readers will be inspired by and empathetic to your story!
Please submit the following if you’re ready to submit your post:
- Your full post with a working title. Please send this within the body of an email.
- Any relevant images for your post (please send as separate files, not pasted within a doc). Please only send images that you own.
- Your brief bio (less than 120 words) with links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages.
- A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio.
- You can also submit to us via email. Just email us below and we will respond with contact info.