420WindyCity – Submission Guide
Thank you for your interest in submitting to 420WindyCity.com!
420WindyCity is dedicated to helping people define the ever-changing cannabis culture, and its impact on our society. Being pro-cannabis as a matter of principle, we’ve become greatly concerned about how rapidly the climate for legalization is taking effect, while all the stigmas associated with cannabis remain firmly in place.
420WindyCity wants to show all sides, objectively, and we need unique writers to achieve this goal. We ask you to be bold, ask hard-hitting questions, and provoke passion. In general, be the informed voice of those you write for.
Anyone who feels like they have something important to say is welcome. Whether you’re pro-cannabis or ant-cannabis, a professional writer, or a first-time submitter.
Please take a look at our submission guidelines before submitting, in order to ensure your work reaches the right set of eyes.
In an effort to build solid relationships with our contributors, 420WindyCity offers compensation packages of:
- $25.00 for the first 250 Social Media shares of any written work submitted and published in 420WindyCity.com
- 100% of original agreed upon payment for designs etc., If your work was used in material production, e.g. Mugs, T-Shirts etc. for every 1000 units sold.
Before you submit, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you have some connection to the topic that makes you an expert or a relevant party?
Have you thought your story/argument through? Can you anticipate any counter arguments?
Will your piece make it through the fact checking process?
Can you express the premise in a single sentence?
Submission Style Guide
420WindyCity will provide all writers with a byline. We believe it’s important to connect the writer with their audience. Please include your social media links, and a short Bio (no more than 75 words, please) with a picture
420WindyCity Target Audience: Between the ages of 25 to 50, with a medium income of 45,000 – 75,000. Tech savvy, with an appreciation for culture, design and information. Education: Some College / College Graduate.
Generally, we seek original content. However, we may consider running a revised copy of an already published article on a case-by-case basis, depending on its subject matter and relevance. In any case, we want to know, up front, whether your submission has or will appear elsewhere.
420WindyCity requests that all contributed articles or blogs posts remain exclusive to our site for at least three to five business days after the publishing date given. After this date, the article may be reprinted in part or full on other sites with a link back to the original article on 420WindyCity.com.
Grammar and Spelling
Please proofread and apply proper grammar and spelling to your submission. Style: American English.
Are there words we absolutely have to use AND explain? A particular concern here are words and phrases that mean a lot to the client and nothing to a reader. If needed, please keep the explanations brief.
We will not impose hard word count prerequisites. Well thought-out articles and blog posts paint a picture within the first three sentences. Besides, have you ever counted how many words you just read? However, if having a word count helps you structure your writing, then we offer these simple guidelines:
Minimum: 600 – 900 words:a good length to discuss any new open source news or individual opinions on news items, i.e. product reviews.
Average:900 – 1700 words:a great range for a more in-depth article, an investigative article, or premier interview.
All articles must contain relevant bibliographies (if applicable), contact information, and consent forms.
Lead & Inline Images
Any images accompanying your submission must contain either a reproduction license or appropriate release forms and credit.
We will add images to your story prior to publication if no images are supplied. If you’d like to be part of the approval process for the images we select (inline as well as lead images), please make your wishes clear when submitting your work.
We accept, .doc & .docx formats only please.
Please note, it can take up to a month for 420WindyCity’s Editorial Team to review a submission and get back to you with next steps. If your article or post is chosen and needs further editing, the Editorial staff or Editor will reach out to you promptly.
*Note* All edits are the responsibility of the writer. No articles, posts, or artwork will be published until 420WindyCity’s Editorial team approves final revisions.
Payment terms are Net 30, for all Articles and Posts including all contracted work, providing 420WindyCity agrees to pay for any services in advance, included but not limited to:
- Journalist directly contracted by us.
- Any Submissions via our Submissions page.
- Any agreements and requests made by 420WindyCity’s Editorial Team is subject to approval prior to any work orders and PO.’s being issued, by 420WindyCity’s Billing Department.
NET 30 Terms begin once Submissions are approved to publish, by 420WindyCity.com Inc.
*NOTE* 420WindyCity.com Inc. reserves the right to pay creatives 30 days after publishing the aforementioned project, including but not limited to articles, posts, and artwork.
Please send all invoicing to, 420WindyCity’s Billing Department.