Author guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and longest running healthy and sustainable living publication, LivingNow.

At LivingNow we value diversity and encourage articles that support, inspire, and celebrate individual and global thrivability. High quality, well-researched pieces and articles that offer ‘a gift for the reader’ are what we look for.

In order to create the most enjoyable, impacting and educational experience possible for readers, please make sure that you adhere to the following when preparing your submission.

Exclusivity:

  • Preference will be given to articles that have not been published elsewhere.
  • Print: it’s rare that we will consider articles that our readers may have already been exposed to in print.
  • Web: we are open to republishing articles, however it is essential that the original source be provided so that we can reference it.
  • If the article is based on or excerpted from a published book, we will include that detail at the end of the article, e.g.: The above article is based upon XYZ book, published by ABC. Please provide those details if applicable

Submission:

Please send all of the content for your article in ONE email.

Preparing your submission:

  • Please send us your article in a Word or Pages document only.
  • Consider including 10-25 words of introduction or preamble to whet the appetite of the readers – try to include the key word (focus of your article) in this introduction.
  • Include any references, with links for the web version.
  • In a separate file attach a head shot to go along with your biography (additional info below).

Author biography:

  • Include a 15-30 word biography with your article.
  • Please note that your biography must not be promotional in nature or promote your business, book, website, etc.
  • You may state that this article is based on / an excerpt from A book published by B publisher
  • You may provide a link to your website, Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+ that may be included in the web version only.

Head shots and other images:

Preferred format of photos: JPEG or TIFF – attached directly to the email (never embedded in the document).

  • Author photo
    • Please name your image author-image-Firstname-Lastname
    • Minimum requirements 300DPI, 512×512 pixels.
  • Article images
    • If you have photos to illustrate your story (not necessary but nice if you have them), please send them in a small file format for choosing, and confirm that you have them in a very large format for printing, and provide the source.

Word counts for articles:

Want to know something? We actually don’t care about word-counts; it’s the QUALITY that counts!

We accept anywhere between 300–3000 words, so the key is to think about what is going to be of the best value to the reader.

Some short articles are too brief, others are sweet and wonderfully-to-the-point. Some long articles are great and full of detail, while others drag on… So really, we are not going to be looking at the quantity of your words, but the overall gift to the reader.

Podcasts & videos:

  • Provide a playable URL (web address) for the file
  • Pay-to-access content will not be accepted
  • Note: we do not host podcasts and videos directly on our site, so please do not submit original audio or video files; links only

Sending your email:

  • Please use subject line: ‘Article submission – category’ (rather than the title of your article).
  • Include your mailing address. While we do not pay for articles, we are happy to send you copies to share with your friends.

Timing:

  • We aim to choose print articles about four weeks before publication. Please do keep in mind that we receive a large number of submissions from around the globe each week, and that we are also a bi-monthly publication. Because of this, it can sometimes take up to two months for a determination to be made. Once this takes place a member of our team will be in touch to let you know.
  • While we print our magazine every other month, we are always on the lookout for great content for our website and welcome interested authors to submit for web inclusion at all times. If you would like your piece to be considered for web only and be exposed to our readers sooner, please note in your email. Otherwise, if your article is selected it will be live on our site after it appears in our print version.

More on exclusivity:

Due to Google’s algorithms, it is now vitally important that either your article is exclusive to LivingNow (including your own site) or that we know where it has been published so we can reference it. If you want to showcase it on your personal site you might want to write something unique for us and then put the heading and first 20 or so words on your site with a link to our HTML version of your article. You will be sent the link after we publish that article on our site (which would have more traffic than most people’s individual sites anyway!).

Copyright:

Upon submission of your work you acknowledge that we, Living Now Media, have permission to publish the article in whole or part in any or all of our business media platforms, e.g., the print magazine, our website, apps, ebooks, blogs, social media and e-newsletters and other forms of digital promotion. Note that your submission will be edited prior to publication and we cannot allow for author approval of edits prior to publication.

Our articles are for kudos and not commerce:

Apart from having no contact details in print, there should be no form of promotion in them – no hooks for the readers to get the rest of the story in your workshop, your book, or your services.

If your need is a promotional article, talk to us about our ‘write-up’ options.

Please note that we do not pay for articles, but that we will send you copies to share with friends, clients, etc.

Send your submission to:
[email protected] with confirmation that you have read these guidelines and agree with them.

Content we publish:

We are always seeking articles that fall under the following categories:

Eco Fashion,
Products & Services
Environment, Ethical & Eco Agriculture
Sustainable Building, Development and Energy

Children & Family
Love, Sex & Sexuality
Politics, Social Development and Justice
The Arts

Diet & Nutrition
Health & Healing
Men’s/Women’s Health

Astrology
Insight & Self Awareness
Metaphysics, Philosophy & Traditional Wisdom
People, Biographies & Interviews
Places, Travel & Retreats

Coaching, Counselling & Personal Development
Meditation & Mindfulness
Yoga, Dance & Movement

Need an idea to get you started? Click here to find out the topics we are currently giving preference to.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

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Checklist

  • Entire submission in single email
  • Email subject line reads “Article submission – <category>”
  • Exclusive article or original source provided
  • Word or pages document only
  • References and links included in document
  • Author biography, 15-30 words included in document
  • Include website and social media links for web version included in document
  • URL for podcasts and/or videos included in document
  • Article is not promotional in any way
  • Head shot in jpeg or tiff format, min 512×512 pixels and 300dpi attached to email
  • Images for article in small file format
  • Mailing address included
  • Confirm your acceptance of our author guidelines