Yes, you. We’re always looking for new authors. If you’ve got an idea that will challenge our readers and move our industry forward, we want to hear about it. But you don’t need to wait for an idea that will redefine web design. 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 ALA takes work. 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 your peers (and potential employers, clients, or publishers) 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 summarizing your argument 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 Keep in mind that we only accept original content—we do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog).
Please don’t send us press releases or sales pitches. They make us feel sad inside.
Before you submit, look at our recent articles for insight into structuring and formatting your piece.
What we publish
We publish articles of anywhere between 600–2500 words, depending on subject complexity. 1000 words is about average. Articles may be casual in tone and content—great for less-intensive tutorials and posts—or rigorously structured and edited.
How to submit (and what happens next)
If you think you have something interesting to share with our audience, send it to our email at email@example.com. Our editors will evaluate your submission and get back to you.
We publish guest posts for free, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us.