We are always seeking to add qualified contributors to our Grit community.  By becoming contributor on our site you will have the opportunity to change lives, reach a global audience, and raise awareness to your brand or organization.  Join our team, work with top-notch editors, and set your own schedule!  To see if this opportunity is right for you please find a few guidelines below:

SOME GUIDELINES:

Perseverance, resilience, and wellness is our focus. We look for entries related to healthy recipes; essays about lifestyle transformations; and applicable fitness routines; pieces that include martial arts forms, yoga sequences, or HIIT fitness routines in particular.  We welcome compositions with actionable tips to improve health, happiness, relationships, wealth, spirituality, and nutrition. In short, if it’s not about developing and establishing a healthy and active lifestyle, it is probably not for us.

SOME TIPS:

Here are some specific tips that will help give you an idea of the kind of work we are looking for.

  • Recipes: Start with a short paragraph about how this dish has value to you. Cover its health benefits, caloric intake, and why it’s one of your favorites. In the recipe, please include serving size, ingredients (with measurements), clear prep directions, and a photo.  Please finish with serving instructions.

  • Yoga/workout/fitness: Start with the value of this workout. Explain its purpose and what the reader can expect to gain.  Provide specific instruction on how to complete the activity. Assume your reader is new to this particular exercise. Include photos or a three-minute video illustrating the activity.

  • Personal essays: Keep the spotlight on one time in your life; include a perspective shift (let us see that transformation); let us into your thought process (what were your motivations?); and be personal — the more honest and vulnerable you can be about your struggles and victories, the more readers will be inspired by and empathetic to your story!

Grit is community of love and inspiration!  Your tone should be inclusive, accessible, inspiring, informative, educational, and generally positive. Help our readers grow and feel inspired! Look at what we’ve previously posted. We don’t do cynical or sarcastic.

SOME DO’S AND DON’TS

Do:

  • Be original: Posts must be unique and original to Think Grit.

  • Add to the conversation: We feature a wide range of topics and great content. Find a topic that resonates with you and create a piece that can add to what’s already there.

  • Source all claims: Please include a link to source all mentioned stats or studies. If you make a health, tell us how you know. Ideally these links are to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. Put relevant links in brackets: [http://facebook.com/Think Grit].

  • Include photos: See our photo guidelines.

  • Title is the key: Your title is the opportunity to make a first impression with our readers. Create a great title that grabs readers’ attention and makes them want to read your piece.  You can help yourself by asking a few questions.  Ask yourself what problem does my article solve? How will reading this make someone’s life better?

  • Draw the reader in: The first sentence should make the reader want to continue? Does your first paragraph give the reader a succinct idea of the articles purpose?

  • Offer instuction that can be easily applied: Try to avoid vague or ambiguous tips. Here’s a good tip: Inhale, count to 10, then exhale as you count to 10 again. Here’s a murkier tip: Let go and breathe. (See the difference?)

  • Write to a familiar audience: How would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write.

Don’t:

  • Send SEO-driven submissions: We can’t use posts from content farms or created to boost SEO or to plug a product or brand name. We are unable to accept submissions or bio references that promote a business or service not in line with our philosophy (e.g., a weight-loss gimmick).

To submit, email us at submit@Think Grit.com:

  • Your full post with a working title. Send this within the body of an email.

  • Any relevant images for your post. (Send as separate files, not pasted within a doc.) Send only images that you own. (See our photo guidelines.)

  • Your bio (120 words or less) with links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter pages, in brackets: [http://facebook.com/Think Grit].

  • A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio.

THE SMALL-PRINT STUFF:

  • Submit only one post at a time: We read every submission we receive but we are a small staff and can’t respond to every submission. If your post has been accepted, we will respond within 14 days. If your post has not run within two weeks of submission, we have passed. Feel free to submit a different post after 14 days.

  • By submitting to Think Grit you acknowledge that you accept our terms and any form of editing the Think Grit editorial team deems necessary.

PHOTO GUIDELINES:

  • Photos: All contributors are encouraged to submit photos with their posts. These should be at least 850 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall (bigger in either direction, or both, is fine).

  • Please see our photography guidelines document for more information.

  • What we look for in yoga, workout, or fitness posts: While a photo submission with these posts is not necessary, it is highly encouraged. The photo (or photos) should be original, of you or a model completing the pose, sequence, or routine you’re writing about, and the image should be high-quality. Each photo should be labeled with the move it’s demonstrating. If you have a short video (no longer than 3 minutes) illustrating the activity, we are happy to include that in the post too.

  • What we look for in recipes: When submitting a recipe, be sure to include an original, high-quality photo of your prepared dish.

  • Think Grit food photo guidelines: In an effort to keep our photos consistent in style, keep in mind the following when submitting:

    • Photos work best on our website in landscape format.

    • We prefer photos taken in natural daylight.

    • Neutral tableware and backgrounds work best.

    • Photos should be taken on a clean, natural surface such as white marble; white, light gray, or natural wood; or just a clean white surface. Linen and slate are also nice.

    • We are looking for the food photos to exude the beauty of good, real, whole foods — the food should be the star with minimal, simple props, when necessary, to enhance the image. (For example, a slice of lemon or herbs on the side could work nicely if the recipe calls for it, or an appropriately placed spoon, etc.)

    • Close-up shots are often not as nice as giving the dish a little space to breathe and come alive.