Submission guidelines

Poly in Place aims to provide a space for authentic and safe expression. We recognize the importance of providing a platform in which people feel empowered to share their stories, so we’ve developed some Community Guidelines to outline what is and what is not publishable on our site. Please read through them carefully before reaching out to us through Poly Shares.

  • If you are sending us a story to be featured on Poly Speaks, please keep your submissions to 1000 words or less. As much as we’d love to read all of your life stories, we’re looking for tight pieces that focus on a single topic. However, multiple submissions will be accepted. Please wait until your previous piece has been published before submitting another.
  • Poly in Place accepts previously published work. If you are submitting a piece that has appeared elsewhere, please let us know so that we can give proper attribution.
  • Authors retain copyright in blog posts. If you end up republishing your piece elsewhere, we ask that you acknowledge its publication in Poly in Place.
  • Questions or stories promoting the following content will not be accepted:
    • Racism
    • Homophobia
    • Transphobia
    • Violence against others or self
    • Explicit pornography
    • Anything that is otherwise bigoted or discriminatory
  • If you aren’t sure if your story meets these criteria, feel free to ask before submitting. Stories will be reviewed and may be flagged for readers as containing sensitive content. These determinations are left entirely to the discretion of the PiP staff.
  • Poly in Place reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity, grammar, punctuation, and style. We will collaborate with you to polish your story, which will not be published without your final approval. All published posts are considered final except under special circumstances.
  • If you are sending in a story, you may also submit an image to accompany it. Our guidelines for written content also apply to images.
  • Your story will show up in our blog as a Guest Contributor. Please let us know how you would like to be credited. You may submit a 50-word bio or remain anonymous if you so choose.
  • Poly in Place may use any content from submissions for promotional materials on its website, social media, or other affiliated accounts.
  • Poly in Place also reserves the right to update these guidelines occasionally as necessary.

By submitting to Poly in Place, you agree to adhere to these guidelines.



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