Interested in contributing to Curiosity Quills as a third-party contributor, with no strings attached? Great!
We are ready to accept third-party submissions, however the following guidelines are in effect. Please study them carefully.
You may submit an unlimited number of works on any given day or topic, but please be aware that not every submission will be accepted, and at times we may close down submissions entirely due to volume.
You can submit any of the following:
- Breaking news analysis of 300-500 words
- Editorial articles or interviews of 500 words or longer
- Fictional short stories, poetry, and literary non-fiction works
- Fan-fiction works from any fandom
- How-to‘s and guides aimed at writers and bloggers
- Reviews of books, movies, music, and theater
- Video blogs (vlogs) on any of the above topics
- Photography and art for the purpose of displaying in our gallery or for flash fiction prompts
So now that you’re here, you are probably asking…
What’s in it for me?
Fame. Glory. Respect of your peers. Yummy Google link juice. Not to mention (the promise of) cold hard cash. What more could you want?
Having an article posted on CuriosityQuills.com is really quite nice:
- All articles include an author bio, with links to your website, Amazon links to your book, etc.
- We can add our lovely Amazon purchasing widget inside your article, complete with integrated review stars, to encourage readers to purchase your books.
- Particularly awesome articles that we really love will be spotlighted on the front of our site – a great opportunity for more readers.
- We will pay $100 to any author whose submission accumulates 5,000 unique visits and 50 meaningful comments (from unique people, not counting the author) in the span of a month.
The Aforementioned Guidelines:
- We require your own fully original content (that is, not plagiarized). Yes, we check.
- Unless you are submitting a story or sample chapter, if you have posted the submission somewhere else before, please let us know.
- If you are wondering what sort of content you should submit, we invite you to peruse this website to get a better feel for it.
- We ask for an exclusivity period of 24 hours for every accepted submission. This simply means you shouldn’t repost your submission anywhere else until 24 hours have passed since it appeared on Curiosity Quills. This helps our Google-fu and helps us get you more readers. After 24 hours, all bets are off.
Let’s say I sent in my submission. Now what?
Wait and see.
- When your work is accepted, we will create an author profile for you, displaying a short bio, picture, and link to your website (if applicable).
- If your work is accepted, you will hear from us within 72 hours. Sometimes, in busy periods, it may take longer – so don’t fret!
- We have final decision on whether or not to accept a submission. If a work is deemed not a good fit for our website, it will be rejected. It may also be rejected for any other reason, including too many submissions on any given day or topic (though we’ll probably just put it on the queue for later).
Any legal stuff I should know about?
It’s amazingly simple! You let us have our way with your article, but keep ownership of it. Or more specifically:
- You retain all rights over your submitted work. However, you give us (CuriosityQuills.com) a non-exclusive worldwide license to display, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, make use of in any way, and otherwise exploit the content submitted for the purposes of displaying it on our website, promoting it across the web, distributing it to mobile/reader devices and applications, and producing anthologies, compilations, or other archival works.
- You confirm that you are the creator or legal owner of the submission.
- You agree to provide us with exclusivity for displaying the article for a period of 24 hours from the moment of publishing on CuriosityQuills.com, unless otherwise agreed upon.
- For the purposes of our $100 bonus, a “unique pageview” is defined by the applicable functionality of Google Analytics, which is used to verify any claims for a given URL.
- For the purposes of our $100 bonus, a “meaningful comment” is defined as a comment which adds something valuable and insightful to the conversation, prompting discussion and analysis. Spam, pointless (“Great article!”) or meaningless (“I like turtles”) comments do not count.
- The $100 bonus can be claimed once per article.
Contact us with your submission.