The Media Ministry at St. Louis engages its local community by sharing the gospel
and the life of our parish through media.
 

 

Write for Us: Contributor Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in writing for the blog at St.Louis Catholic Church and School!
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about submitting an article for consideration to our blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I write about?

Our posts relate to a modern Catholic’s everyday life including: Catholic Life, Prayer & Spirituality, Culture, and My St.Louis

CATHOLIC LIFE: This category applies to how your catholicity affects the everyday areas of your life. Some examples include: raising a catholic family, being a catholic in the workplace, etc. Basically, you can write about anything that relates to your experience of living a catholic life in the modern world.

SPIRITUALITY: While everything we do as catholics somehow relates to our spiritual life, this topic is meant to focus more on prayerful reflections, encounters, and pilgrimages. It is also the place for theological musings or apologetics.

CULTURE: a blog post in this category can be anything in the secular world with a catholic perspective, such as a movie review. It can also pertain to things specific to Catholic culture such as a reflection on a papal encyclical or pastoral visit.

MY SAINT LOUIS: This category is St.Louis Specific. ie. an article about the farm ministry or social ministries, or a school event, etc.

Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?

Sure, if you’d like to. Especially if you’re unsure whether or not the topic is a good fit for our blog. We’ll vet the idea to ensure it’s not contrary to our mission or the Church’s teachings. (Note that we can’t guarantee publication until we review a completed submission. We’re happy to evaluate your pitch though before you get to writing!)

We also consider fully-drafted pieces.

When will I hear back from you after I send my pitch?

Please allow up to two weeks for our managing editor to respond to your pitch.

Have any tips for ensuring my piece is a good fit for the St. Louis blog?

  • Please write in the “you” voice as much as possible, then support your advice with personal experience or stories.

  • We love posts that are written with short paragraphs, numbered lists, bullets and lots of white space. But If you’re composing a narrative, then don’t worry about it.

  • Only one space between sentences.

  • Topic should fit within one of our four categories. (Catholic Life, Spirituality, Culture, and My St.Louis)

  • Article should be in line with Roman Catholic teaching.

  • Article reflects St. Louis Catholic Church and School, so please refrain from including any derogatory remarks about the church or school

  • Have a specific audience in mind when writing your article. Who are you speaking to? Young Catholic mothers, Teens, Catholic business owners, converts? Having a specific audience in mind will make your article stronger.

How should I submit my post?

Please submit your post using our online form. Submit any personal photos for your post to marie.nunez@st-louis.org.

How long should my posts be?

Aim for 500-800 words. Longer is okay, but not longer than 1,000.

Do you pay?

Sorry! We don’t have the means to pay our contributors. You’re building up treasures in heaven...

Should I include links within the piece?

If there are links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader -- they can be to an appropriate post on your site or on any other news site or blog. Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about the Holy Spirit. Or, post the URL in the blog and our managing editor will figure it out.

Should I write a headline?

That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for search engine optimization style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.

If you want to suggest one or two potential headlines, that makes our job easier!

Will you edit my post?

Yes, we’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. If there are major changes that need to be made, we’ll work with you on edits through email correspondence with marie.nunez@st-louis.org.

Can I repost my submission on my blog?

Sure thing. All we ask is that you mention that your article is also posted at our site (link to: http://www.st-louis.org/media/#read), and we’ll mention your blog at the end of the article on our site.

Are you definitely going to publish my piece?

We reserve the right to not publish your post if we decide it doesn’t fit our mission or our submission guidelines.

Should I include a photo?

Yes! If you don’t have one, give us a description of a photo you’d like to see and we’ll do our best to add one. The best photos are those that you are able to take yourself, but if you are pulling from the internet, please make sure the photo is public domain, creative commons, or royalty free. If attribution is required, please give proper credit at the end of your article and provide a link to the original artists’ work.

What should I do after I submit my post?

When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. We also hope you’ll share your post on social media!

We look forward to your contribution!

How do I sign up to become a dedicated blogger?

Let us know that you’re interested! We ask that dedicated bloggers commit to writing at least one to two blog post per month.

If you would like to become a dedicated blogger, please make a request to marie.nunez@st-louis.org.

Ready to pitch your idea or submit your post?

Before you submit, please run through this checklist. Did you…

  • Triple check your post for typos?

  • Make sure your post is in line with Catholic teaching?

  • Find a relevant picture for your post?

  • Give proper attribution for photos used at the end of your post?

  • Prepare an author bio and photo for your first submission?

  • Fill out all required fields on our submission form?

If so, you’re ready to submit!