Writers’ Guidelines and Event Submissions

Thank you for your interest in contributing content to this website. So we can keep everything straight and in one place, we’ve moved all of our writers’ guidelines and terms and conditions for submitting content, including event submissions, to this page. Please read on and, if you have a question, that’s not answered here or in one of our FAQs, please use the “Ask a Question” button on our FAQ page to submit one.

This relates to non-sponsored content. If you want a sponsored post which promotes a product or service, please refer to our FAQ section.

Who Can Submit Content?

Anyone can submit content to this website, but you must first register and log in before submitting content, with the exception of community event submissions, which may be submitted without logging in.

However, if you log in before contributing an event, you’ll have access to it for future editing.

What types of content do you accept?

Our preferred subjects related to the Pacific Northwest US — places, people, things to do, places to stay, etc as well as travel. We also love posts about photography, outdoor activities and gear.

We also have an events calendar and accept PNW events from community contributors.

We are not scary (at least we don’t think we are) and would welcome even short posts that are written in readable English on topics from opinions about Seattle from those who’ve just visited to fun stuff you did on your last vacation.

HOWEVER, we will not accept posts that require extensive editing on our. part and..we’re not sure how to put this, language that seems excessively cloying or promotional (i..e. a post which repeatedly said a certain place would “produce smiles.”) or posts about things that seem suspicious to us (i.e. a place that “helps” you get a faster passport).

We do not accept content that is obviously AI written. We’d like human-generated content. The exeption of this is in our “PNWWiki” glossary section where we may be able to pull from AI. Any section of that with AI generated content will be clearly marked as such.

Events submitted by community contributors must either take place or be organized in or about the PNW OR be online and on topics pertaining to travel, photography, the outdoors, etc.

You MUST have the authority to use your content. If it’s a repost from somewhere else, please provide the link of the original post. If your images are not your own, please use appropriate credit. For instance, you don’t need to credit images from free services like Pexels or Unsplash, but if you use an image from Flickr make sure it’s available under a creative commons license and make the appropriate credit.

Where can I Submit Content?

You can find the right form to submit your content on our submit a guest post page. Events can be submitted on our submit an event page. Please do not email us with events but do let us know if our form is not working. We require you to create an account and log in to submit a post. Events can be submitted without creating an account, but we encourage you to do so before submitting an event so that you can return later and edit your event. We sometimes give known event organizers with a track record permissions to edit and republish their own events.

Will I get paid for my contribution? Do I need to pay?

Currently, we do not have the budget for paid posts, unless by special arrangement. We also do not ask you to pay to post on this website UNLESS your post directly promotes a product or service (see sponsored posts). “Sponsored posts” do not apply to event listings, which are free. You MAY see some “featured events” on the calendar but these are just ones we’ve picked to feature, none are paid events. The only time we MIGHT ask an event organizer to pay to add an event is if they request their event to be entirely ad-free.

How will I know if my post was accepted?

You should get an automated email when you’ve successfully submitted your post. If we have any questions, we’ll contact you via email to ask them. Otherwise, you’ll get another automated email when your post is published or declined.

If you’re an event contributor, you’ll just get an email when your event is published. For event contributors who regularly submit events, so we know who you are, we

I want to propose the following topics for your blog…

We do not respond to emails with a list of proposed topics. If you would like to submit a post to this website, please use the appropriate form to submit your event, and we’ll review it.

Will there be ads on my post?

As you can see, we do use contextual advertising on this website. We run a blog because we like to, but it does cost money. We run ads in hope that our blog income will outweigh the expenditures. We show ads on events and posts. We have been trying to keep ads off sponsored posts, but find that, occasionally, auto-place ads squeak back in.

Will I be given author credit?

Of course! For events, your information will be under the organizer section so they can reach you about your event and there will be a link to your event page (if you add one, which you should). For posts, you’ll get an author box in the sidebar. And if you’re a logged in user, you will have a profile page.

What about links?

While, for sponsored posts, we mark links as sponsored, for community-contributed posts and events, we selectively choose how to tag the links. Many will be dofollow, but if it’s a link to a product or promotion, we’ll likely nofollow it.

The question is: does the link ad value to your post? If you are writing about places to go in Port Townsend, for instance, and you link to the Fort Worden website and the website that does nature cruises which you mention in your post, we’d consider that to be of value and would not nofollow them. But if you wanted to add a link in there about the raincoat you’d wear in Port Townsend, well…we’d question in the first whether that should even be in there and if we allowed it, it would be nofollow.

What it comes down to is this: we do not sell dofollow links, and we do not post links that are overtly commercial that do not support the post content.

Will you promote my post on social media?

Like many of us, I have a love/hate relationship with social media, with more of an emphasis on the latter. There is this blog, so it has social media accounts. But while I enjoy seeing some people’s posts, I do not want to spend my days with endless scrolling, trying to keep up, and endless promotion.

For posts, we do autopost to our social media accounts. We do not often repost those posts, however. For events, we found that auto posting each and every event submitted to our calendar to our social media accounts felt like too much. We may post events we like or attend, from time to time, but cannot guarantee that your event will go on our social channels.

We also have a small events newsletter that goes out monthly to people who sign up. Usually 4-6 upcoming events in each of various categories make it onto the newsletter with a link after that where people can view more events like this…so your event MAY end up in our newsletter, depending on its category and when it happens.

And a few other things…

By contributing a post, you’re acknowledging the above and that we can choose to remove content if we see fit. Generally, posts will remain for the life of this blog…or at least as long as I own it. Who knows, there may be a time I no longer can do this but someone else may take it up! Events will be removed after they are finished unless it is an event that happens year after year that we plan to update ourselves. We have the right, however, to refuse to publish any content and the right to remove it at our discretion.

Thanks for your interest!

PNW & Beyond/PNW.FUN

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