Interested in guest writing for CSS-Tricks? We love guest writers around here! It’s always a win-win-win.
- It’s a win for our readers, as they get to learn from your experience. Nobody knows exactly what you know.
- It’s a win for you, the writer. We have a budget for guest writing of $300 for most articles, payable via PayPal or DigitalOcean credit. Complex production-focused topics may be paid out up to $400.
- It’s a win for our website. We exist on content that people who make websites want to read.
Table of Contents
- What to keep in mind when guest writing
- What you should write about
- Audience, tone, and length
- Pitch form
What to keep in mind when guest writing
- Write the article you wish you found when you Googled for it. (Chris’ tweet)
- Deliver a
sensation of lived experience and professional acumen. (Frank Chimero)
Would you be happy to land on this article from a search? Are you speaking to me, developer-to-developer, from experience?
What you should write about
We prefer if you are motivated because you have something you very much want to share. And, that you have a deep knowledge on this topic. You are excited about it. You’re ready to tell people about it on CSS-Tricks. That’s what makes for good guest writing on CSS-Tricks.
Audience, tone, and length
The tone should be:
- Comprehensive and written for all experience levels
- Technically detailed and correct
- Practical, useful, and self-contained
- Friendly but formal
- Sara Soueidan wrote a great well-researched in-depth post on SMIL.
- Tim Evko wrote about solving a problem he was having in WordPress surrounding responsive images, and built an entire plugin for it.
- Zell Liew wrote a book about Susy and wrote a tutorial on re-creating the CSS-Tricks layout with Susy in part to promote that book. Joni Trythall did similar with her book release.
- Tobias Günther wrote about a common problem in Git, a problem he’s solved pretty well in building his own app, Tower.
Authors have their own dedicated page on the site. For example, Scott Fennell.
The loose goal for length is 600 words. An article can be shorter if it’s extremely useful and clear. Or an article can be a huge guide covering tons of details on a technology.
- A healthy amount of relevant images/videos. Images have proper alt text and may have captions. Images may not be meme/joke pics or pictures of code.
- Blocks of code that get right to the most important concepts.
- Demos. CodePen, if possible; other interactive code embeds, if needed.
You’ll need to write the article to the best of your ability upfront to provide a sense of your writing style, concept, and professional acumen. It doesn’t have to be perfect. There will be an editing process that happens after that.
If you don’t have the time to write an article that may not be published on CSS-Tricks, we totally understand, but we can’t commit to publishing anything without seeing a complete draft. If you’d like to send in a shorter pitch instead, to get a signal on if the idea is worth pursuing, that’s fine, but no publishing decision will be made until a complete draft is in.
We ask everyone to fill out this form to guest post on CSS-Tricks, whether you have written for us before or are a new writer. We will never share your private information without your expressed permission. Thank you in advance for taking the time.