You want to write for us? Sweet!
We're currently looking for creative non-fiction writers to contribute to our growing collection of beautiful words from awesome humans.
For new writers: this is a safe place to develop and grow in your craft while also putting it into the world! Not ready for a website? No worries!
Established writers: have pieces on your website from last year that don't get traction because they're buried under the newer ones? Recycle them here!
This is a place to be cheered on, no matter where you are in your writing journey.
First, the qualifications.
It's pretty simple (really only two things): we desire writers striving for lives marked by kindness and who identify as Christian (understood here as affirming the Apostles' Creed).
(By the way, being a Christian who writes doesn't mean you're writing needs to be explicitly Christian. Not every piece needs to mention God--just look at the books of Ruth and Song of Songs in the Bible.)
Next, the writing stuff.
Here's what we want our writing to be marked by:
- Nuance. Treadwell is a place to explore the totality of the human experience, and we don't feel like a writer can encompass that in an easy "Three Steps and You're Done" post. Nope, we want your questions and struggles and explorations. We're not about lists or clickbait. We're about depth.
- Story. We're suckers for a good story and abide by the classic mantra, "Show us rather than tell us." It can be easy to write philosophically and fill your writing with vague asides about life without ever touching the ground. But we find that stuff doesn't hit the heart and stay there. We prefer pieces that are rooted and grounded and filled with descriptors and experiences.
- Beautiful simplicity. There's a big difference between easiness and simplicity. Easiness tries to reduce life into shortcuts; simplicity accepts life at its own terms and works with it. Here at Treadwell, we don't use $20 words because we feel a couple of well-placed $1 words will do the trick and often be more beautiful. To belong shouldn't require a college degree.
Finally, the technical stuff.
This is the practical tidbits:
- Word count can be anywhere between 300 and 1,200, but don't let that stop you from sending shorter or longer.
- We are currently only accepting creative nonfiction pieces.
- As creatives ourselves, we know the importance of retaining control over our writings; that's why we don't need first runs (aka we don't need to be the first place your piece is featured) or exclusive rights (aka we don't need to be the only place your piece is featured).
Full disclaimer: It will take a while for your accepted pieces to appear on the site (probably October) because we still have to *fund* and *create* the website. If your piece is accepted elsewhere and they ask for exclusive rights, just let us know! We totally understand and can take it out of our catalogue. Don't let the (sometimes slow) process of gaining funding and rolling out the site stop you from building your platform.
Ready to submit? Great!
Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please include your NAME (last, first), TITLE OF PIECE, and WORD COUNT.
(i.e. Doe, John: "I Love Writing," 786 Words)
In the body of the email, please "tag" your piece with three emotions (i.e. "Excited, Hopeful, Exhausted, Sentimental, Romantic, Sad, Exuberant, etc. etc.)
We'll get back to you as soon as possible (hopefully within one week), and we can't wait to cheer you on!