Living Humane Online accepts submissions of stories, original news articles and editorials from writers and columnists on the topics of animals, animal welfare and living humanely.   We focus primarily on local Seattle or Washington state topics, but important issues about animals can occur anywhere.  Non local submissions are welcome.

Writers and columnists for Living Humane are community members, authors, advocates, business leaders and animal rescuers.  If you are interested in writing articles for Living Humane, please see our writer’s guidelines and FAQ’s below.

Writers guidelines for Living Humane

Living Humane is a volunteer-run site intended to present honest, accurate information on animal topics and op-eds on current issues.  Some media outlets treat animal-related stories as ‘fluff’ or inconsequential when often animals are at the core of many of our community’s issues (i.e. pet overpopulation costing taxpayer money, living with wildlife effectively and humanely, addressing the impacts of the meat/dairy industry on climate change).  Living Humane is looking for original content on current issues regarding animals and the environment.

Writers and columnists for Living Humane are all volunteers.  At this time, any sponsorship funds paid to Living Humane are used to promote the site for broader readership and listenership or to pay for baseline equipment and hosting costs.

Submissions to Living Humane should be approximately 400-900 words and should not have been published by any other news site, blog or media outlet prior to submission.  The submission will be copyrighted to Living Humane unless the editor and the author agree to copyright to the author.  Authors do have the option of re-posting their article to other media sites as long as the site links back to Living Humane.

All submissions to Living Humane should include a digital image to accompany the article plus photo credit information.  It is recommended that two or three images be submitted, so the editor can choose an appropriate layout for the article.  If you have difficulty obtaining an image for your article, please contact the editor.  We may have stock photos available.

While submissions are encouraged, not all submissions will be accepted for posting on Living Humane Online.  Space, time, topic and quality constraints will determine if an article in accepted.

There are some restrictions on content for submission, and authors are encouraged to visit livinghumane.com to understand the tone of the site.  In general, writers should focus on topics about choosing humane options (i.e. pet adoption instead of pet sales, vegan food choices vs. meat options, laws protecting animals, buying cruelty free, living humanely with pets).  Topics can also include stories about pet events (upcoming and past events) and op-eds on animal issues to be addressed.  If you have an idea for a topic, please contact the editor to ensure it is appropriate for this site. Also see Sniffing Out Home (sniffingouthome.org) for ideas on the wide variety of animal topics.

Please do not submit articles that are disparaging of animal welfare groups or individuals or that make claims that you cannot support.  Please fact check your articles for accurate, unbiased information as much as possible.

Articles posted on livinghumane.com will be marked as ‘columns’, ‘news’ or ‘editorials’ to help readers understand if they are reading articles with a specific angle to be considered.

Along with your submission, authors should submit a brief bio (50-75 words) and a thumbnail picture of themselves. This bio will be included at the end of the article.  You are welcome to include web addresses to be linked from your article (such as your own blog or sites your reference).

Finally, please see the FAQs below for more information.

How to submit to Living Humane Online

1)       Prior to submitting an article, please contact the editor (Christie@livinghumane.com) to ensure your topic is appropriate and so the editor can expect your submission.

2)      Email your submission (plus images and bio) to Christie@livinghumane.com.

3)      If you article is accepted, we will contact you prior to posting.

4)      Thank you for supporting animal-focused news and media.

FAQs for Living Humane Online

Q.  Can I write about my own adoption or foster of my own pet?   Yes. Happy or challenging adoption or foster stories will be considered.  Please focus on your success as an adopter or foster parent, and be sure to only include details that will be of interest to our readers.

Q.  Can I write about a book about animals that I’ve read?  Yes, if you are reviewing the book for others to consider reading and the book is in line with the topics suggested.

Q.  I don’t have a specific topic in mind, but I would like to write for Living Humane Online.  Can you suggest a topic?  Yes!  We frequently encounter events or news that are worthy of further investigation or readers bring to our attention an organization or issues that should be covered. We’d be happy to provide you a topic upon request.  Please email the editor.

Q.  Can I write about a company or organization that is not being humane?  Maybe. If  you are trying to bring awareness to an issue,  this type of article might be accepted.  Contact the editor to be sure.  Be prepared to back up your claims with solid data or credible sources, and be able to reference your sources.  We cannot accommodate anonymous sources at this time. A better version of this article would be a story about a company choosing to change their ways to be more humane.

Q.  Can I write about upcoming events or to promote my event meant to help animals? Yes.

Q.  Can I submit articles about a bad experience I have had with an animal rescue organization?  No. This is not a topic about living more humanely.

Q.  If my work is published on Living Humane, can I submit it to other sites as well.  Maybe.  Living Humane maintains the copyright for articles on livinghumane.com (unless otherwise arranged with the author), therefore your article must be submitted with permission from Living HumaneSimply contact the editor for permission.

Q.  Can I write about my business or to promote my work as an advocate?  Yes, but your article may be classified as a column or an editorial rather than ‘news’.  We are delighted to have such articles as long as they are in line with the topics of living more humanely.

Q. Can I write about environmental issues?  Yes, put the issue should focus on animals as well.  For example, perhaps your topic is on climate change, and your article is about how much methane is produced by the dairy industry.  A wide variety of environmental topics could be included on this site.  Another example is how bees are influenced by pesticides.

Q.  Can I write an essay reflecting on the topics prescribed?  Yes.  Please be conscious of the word count.

Q.  Can I write about politics?  Yes! We encourage topics on politics concerning animals, but always be fair and respectful of politicians mentioned in your article.  While some politicians may act distastefully, many are genuine, hardworking public servants and they deserve or respect for taking on the hard job of governing.

Q.  Will my article be edited? Yes, but please have someone edit your work prior to submission. All articles will be reviewed by the editor, and may be edited for typos, space and grammar.  However, due to the fast-paced nature of web-based news sites, we may not find all the typos.  Please edit your work prior to submission to ensure it is “print” ready.

Q.  Will the editor check my facts?  Maybe.  Authors should complete fact checking prior to submission and ensure that all claims are accurate and fair.  If a claim is suspect, the editor may check with you on such statements or check other sources.  Please reference your sources.

Q. How soon will I see my article on livinghumane.com if it is approved?  We will contact you if your article is accepted, and let you know when it will be posted.

Q.  How can I contact the editor with questions about a topic?  You can email Christie Lagally at christie@livinghumane.com

Q. If my article is posted, can I link it to other sites?  Yes, we are always happy to have people link to livinghumane.com or to share on Twitter and Facebook.

References for good writing:

50 Redundant Phrases to Avoid

Another good source of writing tips