Dear HuffPost Contributors,

When HuffPost launched in 2005, it introduced a group blogging platform that revolutionized and democratized online commentary. It allowed teachers, parents and protesters to share space with celebrities, politicians and CEOs while trading ideas on the pressing issues of the day. Over the years, more than 100,000 contributors have posted on the site, with many of you posting from the start.

Today, with the proliferation of social media and self-publishing platforms across the web, people have many more opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions online. At the same time, the quantity and volume of noise means truly being heard is harder than ever. Those who are willing to shout the loudest often drown out new, more-deserving voices. The same has proven to be true on our own platform.

It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to close the contributors platform on our U.S. site. Going forward, when you log in to the portal at contributors.huffingtonpost.com, you’ll see that you are able to access your previous drafts and published posts — and unpublish those posts if you choose to do so — but you won’t be able to post anything new. We won’t be taking down or making any changes to previously published content ourselves.

We’ll still be publishing commentary on the site, we’ll just be doing it at much smaller scale, collaborating with writers to share smart, original ideas and making sure that we’re lifting up the voices that have been left out of the conversation in the past. We hope to keep hearing from many of you in the future, and more information about how to pitch us your ideas will be published on the site.

Thanks for being an integral part of the HuffPost community. Your bold, thoughtful contributions to HuffPost’s contributor platform have helped to make us what we are today, and we are so grateful and proud to have had you with us in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

The HuffPost Team

Huffington Post Blog Submissions:

Please keep in mind, after you submit, you will not be given feedback or may not receive a rejection email.

If accepted and published you will be notified immediately. (Scroll below for Q&A and Terms & Agreement)

Please submit your edited blog in this order: Title, Blog Post with BIO/Contact Info, and 2 Photo’s; 1 head shot and one image that goes with it:

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Q&A

What are the preferred topics?

Healing, Peace, Passion and Purpose, our blog is about what the book is about. Our book is now movement of advancing sisterhood and brotherhood. So share what another men and women may need to know – help bring us all closer together with each submission. But you can also blog for any section.

Do we send you a pitch here and then wait for an approval email?

Yes, but you may hear something or you may not. If you don’t hear something within a week your blog was not approved.

How can I upload a word doc to submit?

Please copy and paste it.

What are the section names?

Please go to The Huffington Post and study which section you would want to blog for.

 How often can I submit?

 As often as you like.

Are there deadlines?

No.

How long does it take to be published?

24-72 hours to up to a week from when I submit it to them. I will be submitting once a week.

How much does it cost to use your editor?

It depends on the word count ($8.00 +)

I went to submit my first potential article for Huffington Post and it keeps saying not working. Why is not working?

Make sure your have filled out everything. I have been receiving submission and have tested it.

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Who can see my post?

You’ll see your post in the published posts list after you’ve pushed it live. The URL where it is hosted is its permanent location, so anyone you share that link with will be able to see it.

What happens when a post is promoted?

If your post has been promoted it will reach a much wider audience. You may see it on the Contributors page, on relevant section pages (such as Politics, Entertainment, etc.), or on the front page of the site itself. You also may see it shared on HuffPost social media channels.

What posts get promoted?

We’re always looking for timely and topical opinions about events in the news, as well as compelling personal stories with universal appeal.

What are the best practices for a perfect post?

Successful posts usually fall between 500 and 1000 words, and incorporate images and video for a multimedia experience. Remember to pick a clear and compelling title: Clear, descriptive titles work better than cute or punny ones. The title should tell readers what your post is about, and why they should read more.

How do I add tags to a post?

You can suggest keyword tags, which an editor will use if the post is promoted.

Can I write in another language?

This platform currently supports our English language site, so please only write in English. If you publish posts in another language, we may remove them from the site.

Terms of Use and User Agreement

Please read these terms below before submitting any content to us.

By submitting content for publication on the HuffingtonPost.com website, applications, or on any other site or product owned or operated by The Huffington Post.com or AOL Inc. (collectively, “Huffington Post”), you agree that the terms set out below, which may be updated from time to time, apply to all content that you submit to us, including your initial posts and any subsequent posts. They have the same effect as an agreement in writing.

If you do not agree to any of these terms, please don’t submit your content.

How It Works

  • You are an independent user. By submitting content to us, you do so as an independent content creator using the Huffington Post as a forum for distributing your own individually created content. You are not an employee of Huffington Post. You agree that you are not entitled to, and don’t expect any wages, compensation, or remuneration of any kind for the content that you submit. You also agree that you are not eligible for any employee benefit plans or programs. You must obtain and pay for third-party clearances and licenses and everything else you need to create and submit your posts to us. You cannot hold yourself out as our agent or representative or attempt to bind us to any obligations.
  • What do I get out of this? Huffington Post provides a forum with a large, diverse audience for you to share your views and express your unique opinions and ideas. You may use your post to promote any of your other works and to build a fan base and readership within the Huffington Post community. You may also inform readers of your own social networking outlets, such as your Twitter or Facebook feeds.
  • Post if and when you want. As an independent creator, you have complete control. You agree that you are not under the direction or control of Huffington Post and have complete discretion over the manner and means by which you submit content for Huffington Post. You can stop posting at any time. If you decide to post, you decide when, where and how often you write and submit it. You can write or provide content for anyone else you want at any time. You can write about anything you want. Huffington Post does not select or approve your topics. And please remember: You must not identify yourself as a representative of HuffPost if you attend or cover events, even if you submit content to us on the event or a topic from the event.
  • Submit proper posts. You represent to us that any blog posts, photos, videos, and any other content you submit (1) is your original content or properly licensed content that you have the express right and permission to license to us, (2) does not infringe or violate any law, rule or regulation or the rights or intellectual property rights of any person or entity (or encourage anyone else to do so), (3) is not objectionable, inaccurate or inflammatory; and (4) is not obscene, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, (5) is not an advertisement or solicitation of business or contributions; or (6) is not otherwise against the interests of Huffington Post or our users as a whole. We have the right (but not the obligation) to remove any or all of your content that fail to comply with the foregoing, or for any other reason, without notice to you.
  • Disclosure: In an effort to be as transparent with readers as possible, HuffPost contributors should disclose any financial conflicts of interest related to the issue they are writing about. If You receive payment or income from a company, organization, group, or individual with a financial stake in the issue You are weighing in on, that information should be disclosed at the bottom of the applicable post.
  • Correct your errors. If your post contains a factual error, you must correct or retract it within 24 hours after notice. If you make substantive changes (including error corrections) after your post has been published, you must note this at the bottom of your post. This includes matters of fact, but not changes to spelling, grammar or style or minor editorial corrections. However, in the interest of transparency, you should note to readers that an earlier version of the post had an error that was since corrected. Note: if a correction/retraction is due to a legal complaint of defamation, then the correction/retraction must be posted in as prominent a location as the defamatory content.
  • No guarantees. The Huffington Post Contributor Program provides a forum for your ideas and expression, but is made available to you “as is” without guarantee of any results based upon the publication of your post, is subject to changes and could temporarily or permanently be suspended without notice to you, and without guarantee that it will operate free of errors, viruses, bugs or service breakdowns. We do not guarantee that your participation will fulfill any requirements you expect from the program.
  • You own your submissions, but we can still use them. You own the copyright to your submitted content and you can post it anywhere else you wish. However, by submitting any content to Huffington Post (including text, videos, photographs or audio materials), you grant Huffington Post a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual license to exercise all rights under copyright law with respect to such content, which Huffington Post may use, publish and distribute (along with your name and identifying features) on their websites and other properties and those of their affiliates and business partners, as well as for marketing and promotional purposes, online or offline, in any medium and mode of delivery.
  • We may be required to provide information about you. You agree that if Huffington Post is legally required to disclose information that we have about you (including your IP address and location, name and user name), we may do so, without notice to you.
  • Complaints and Inquiries/Choice of law. If you violate any of the Contributor Program terms, or we receive an inquiry or complaint about your content, you agree that you are responsible, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Huffington Post for all resulting claims and liabilities. This agreement is governed by New York law, and if we have a dispute about it, or about any content that you submit to us, the dispute will be resolved only in the courts of New York. We may provide you notices about the Huffington Post Contributor Program and these terms by e-mail. These terms make up the entire agreement between you and us and cannot be changed unless we agree to it in writing.
  • Entire Agreement. These guidelines and Huffington Post’s Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Huffington Post regarding the subjects covered. No other agreements, understandings, promises, or representations, other than those contained here and in Huffington Post’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, are part of the agreement between you and Huffington Post.

Publicizing Posts

  • Email lists: to increase your audience, feel free to send a short note with a link to your post to any lists you’re on — whether social organizations, extracurricular groups, or even just your typical family/friends list. Encourage them to comment! Our experience shows that often the more comments a post attracts, the better it does in generating clicks and more comments. Create a community around your post, and help it grow by starting with your own personal community. You can encourage your friends to share it as well.
  • Facebook/Twitter: Consider sharing your post via Facebook or Twitter! Facebook makes it especially easy to share links through what they call “Posted Items.” Click here: http://www.facebook.com/posted.php and paste your permalink into the box titled Post a Link. If all goes well, your profile will say that you’ve “shared a blog post” and should even include your HuffPost headshot.
  • Blogs that cover the topic you’re writing about: Most blogs will have a ‘contact’ email for their proprietor. If you’ve written something you think a specific blog might be interested in, you can send it their way with a brief, polite note explaining why you thought they might find it interesting (you may not want to send them everything you write, and don’t send to multiple blogs simultaneously, i.e., ‘spam’ them). It also doesn’t hurt to reference individual posts that they’ve written in your posts, by linking to them.