Write for Us
Since its humble beginnings in 1999, SitePoint was created to inform, inspire and engage the web community through informative content. We’ve amassed more than 10 million readers per month and produced more than 10,000 books and articles combined.
We always welcome having new writers join our team. They must have a strong desire to produce quality content with actionable advice – a lesson or new piece of knowledge that readers can then apply to in their own projects, after reading our content.
In return, we pay our writers above industry rates for their work.
What kind of content do we publish?
We produce the following kinds of content:
- Quick Tips (500 – 700 words): These articles are short and simple, with a focus on a specific technique or approach. The idea is to provide a quick solution to a common problem many web developers encounter.
- Articles (800 – 1500 words): These articles cover a broad range of topics from technology, new products or providing a unique perspective on the current web landscape.
- Tutorials (1500-2000 words): More in-depth articles that often include longer code samples, more CodePens, and a greater variety of visual imagery.
- Video content: This is up to the discretion of our Production Manager. We welcome pitches for it, but generally the Production Manager will be the one to initially commission it then find an author to cover it.
Note: Submissions that do not follow this structure are in danger of being rejected automatically. In particular, submissions that do not follow the subject line format (including the correct channel name) will not make it to the appropriate editors.
How to pitch:
Send an email with your pitch to email@example.com. Depending on the channel you’d like to write for, your email to firstname.lastname@example.org must have the subject line as “A pitch for [the channel/s you’d like to write for]”.
Your pitch must have the following:
- Title of the article or Headline
- Approximate word count
- Format (Quick Tip, Tutorial etc.)
- A clear and concise (1-3 lines) description of what the article is about
- A short, bullet point list of ideas you will present in the article that supports your viewpoint
- A sentence explaining why the article is important
- Samples of your writing (if you have any – we welcome first time writers too)
Please ensure that you have looked through our article archives beforehand to avoid pitching an article idea that we have already covered. This can be done via a search on our site or via Google.
You can also suggest rewrites/revivals of articles that you feel require updating. If so, please link the current article in your email, along with ways you will update the piece.
Once the pitch meets these standards, the editorial team will review it to see if it suits SitePoint.
If we like what we read, we will reply to your email and move forward with the next stages.
Some of our editors will assess a writer’s skills by vetting them through our Peer Review program.
The goal of Peer Review is to ensure all of SitePoint’s articles are of the highest standards. It is also there to help authors with their writing through constructive feedback from the editor and fellow authors.
You can find more details about it here.
Note: All of our Peer Review processes are completed via GitHub, therefore you must have a GitHub account to access it.
Working with editors
Our editors at SitePoint are all professional developers, designers and web people at the top of their respective fields. If your pitch is approved, you will then be introduced to the relevant editor (or contacted directly by them).
The editor manages their authors through Trello, a project management platform. This is where most of the communication between you and the editor will occur.
The editor is your primary contact, and works directly with you as your article is developed. They ensure that the published article is concise and correct, providing constructive feedback for you along the way.
Your relationship with the editor needs to be managed effectively. Here are some important things to bear in mind:
- Deadlines are important. If something is amiss and you are unable to meet the scheduled deadline, please inform the editor why as soon as possible. Generally they are very understanding.
- Proofread your article draft before submission. A clear structure will make the editorial process easier (and quicker) for the both of you. Usually the rule of thumb is:
- Paragraphs presenting an idea that supports your viewpoint
- Conclusion/Summary that reinforces what you’ve said
- Do not take feedback as a personal attack. Editors will always provide feedback that is constructive and aids the development of your article.
- One editor looks after many authors. They may be delayed in answering your enquiries. Be patient.
Note: There is no limit to how many channels you can write for, however you’ll need to pitch ideas to the specific editor of a given channel.
You can learn more about the process of working with editors in our GitHub Repo.
We take plagiarism very seriously at SitePoint. We use Plagiarisma to ensure all articles are original.
If you have blatantly plagiarized your article from another writer, we will find out. As consequence you will automatically be removed from the Trello board, with your name blacklisted in our list of authors.
If you wish to cite another source to better explain your viewpoint, please properly credit them in the article by linking to the original source or adding the author’s name in brackets.
Contact SitePoint for permission
Authors may publish an excerpt of their article, along with a link to the full version, on their personal site providing they have received permission first. Request this permission by emailing your editor and explaining where (with a link) the excerpt will be published.
We do not permit non-authors to republish articles elsewhere, regardless of the amount of material they plan to republish.
Attribution (and att text)
You must include the following text at the beginning of your excerpt:
This post was originally published [link to full article on SitePoint].
Artwork and design
The design and artwork used in SitePoint articles is copyrighted and may not be republished.
We consider translation requests on a case-by-case basis. Email email@example.com to ask about translating a given article. In some cases we have existing arrangements with translation companies, so we will not be able to grant permission in such cases.
Sites offering translations to SitePoint content must be freely available, translate the work faithfully, and link to the original post:
This post has been translated. The English version was originally published [link to full article on SitePoint].
This documentation is for authors to refer to as they write their first article. It includes detailed, technical information about style guides, formats, code, accessibility and more.
You can access the documentation at our GitHub Repo.