Marine Madness is now looking for guest submissions to help expand content and give people a chance to share their passion for the oceans and marine life!
If you love the sea and have a story to tell about it then Marine Madness is here to help. When I started this blog the intention was always to eventually open it up to other like-minded people who are looking to help contribute to what it is all about. I now feel like the time is right and I’m looking for exciting new content to expand and build upon what I have started. If you have something to say or share then Marine Madness offers a safe space for you to do that with people who are genuinely interested to see it. Whether you’re trying to get your foot in the door, already have experience or just looking to try something new then I want to hear from you.
In terms of the type of content there are very few limits to what I am looking for. The main content will continue to consist of journalistic articles focusing on marine biology/conservation and backed up with scientific evidence or expanding on major news stories. This is what the blog has always been about. If this is something you would like to try your hand at then great but if your strengths lie elsewhere then that’s cool too. If you have a story to tell and as long as it is in some way is linked to the ocean then it will be considered. Any marine artwork would also be greatly appreciated whether it be underwater photography, a short film, painting or sculpture if it shows off your passion for the ocean then I’d love to share it. If you would like to contribute but are unsure of what to do then have a read of some of the existing posts and see if anything inspires you.
I am looking for submissions from everyone. Experience is not necessary only a passion for the marine world and an interesting topic. If you are a student just wanting to give it a go or a seasoned researcher wanting to promote your work then anything goes. I will consider everything that is submitted for publication and will only reject entries for publication for 3 main reasons…
- Your submission is in no way related to anything marine themed.
- Your submission is poorly written (lots of grammatical and spelling errors), does not make sense or has nothing interesting to say (this is very unlikely).
- Your submission is plagiarised or breaks copyright law.
There are a few basic guidelines based on what I am looking for but as I have already said all entries will be considered if you want to do your own thing.
- It is strongly recommended to include at least one link to another article or piece of research that supports what you are saying.
- Keep the word count between 500-1500 words unless you are aiming to produce a longform piece that goes into real depth.
- Use headings to help break down your subject into clear section.
- Aim to write for a general audience with a passion for science. Not too much jargon but don’t be afraid to show off what you know.
- Write about something that is really cool (i.e. a particular species that can do something amazing) or something that pisses you off! (i.e. something you think shouldn’t happen like overfishing or plastic pollution)
- Keep it simple and don’t overthink it
- If you want to show off some photography then try compiling an album of work, preferably between 5-20 of high quality images.
- As much as you can try to tell a story by having a singular theme that runs through your collection.
- Write a short bit of information to accompany your work (i.e. how you took them, why they are important to you, what you were trying to show etc).
For other artwork
- Whatever your medium it doesn’t really matter but similar to photography try and tell a story with your work and if possible write something about it to accompany it in a blog post.
What do you get out of it?
It is important to realise Marine Madness is not a business and does not make money. I do not run it for any other reason than that I enjoy it and care about it. No submissions will be paid for! But just because it’s done for free doesn’t mean you won’t get anything out of it. All posts written by guest contributors or artwork showcased will be fully accredited to the author/artist. Guest posts will include a short bio of who you are and what you do, a headshot (if you want) and a chance to attach links to social media or personal websites. I have contributed to several other websites and magazines for free and been rewarded in a similar way. I can assure you that doing so is not only enjoyable but has definitely increased the amount of people that are aware of what I do and now read my own work. It has also led to more opportunities to contribute to bigger and better things. Contributing is a great way to help kick-start your own journey or just try something new and see if you like it.
If you have something to submit or just want to ask some questions the email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message the Facebook page. It is always best to run an idea past me before you spend hours writing or researching only for it to get rejected.
Look forward to hearing from you soon!