Submission Guidelines

Connect as an organization values positivity among the members of its community and therefore promotes positive, student-oriented content. Connect does not publish hateful, threatening, excluding or slanderous content. Please see our Code of Conduct for more information.

Below, you’ll find our editorial guidelines for contributing writers. USFSP Connect aims to share honest pieces in a responsible and respectful way. We believe through written and visual storytelling, we can inform, entertain, and help our community. To do that, we need everyone submitting a story to follow our guidelines. These guidelines are here to help make that possible. They should encourage, not hinder, you in telling your story. If you’re concerned your story wouldn’t comply with a guideline, don’t turn away; email us at usfspconnect@gmail.com. We’re happy to work with you on it!

Here are guidelines we believe will help people share their stories in a responsible and respectful way. We’re excited to have you join our Connect family!

  • Use respectful language. If your post is critical, which it can be, it should also be constructive.
  • We appreciate if you provide sources for any facts stated.
  • Think about this question: “What is the purpose of my post?” This can have multiple answers: to share something you’ve learned, to let others know they’re not alone, etc.
  • We currently accept writing, video, graphic design, and photography pieces
  • For writing:
    • The average word count for submissions is 250 to 1000 words. If you have a submission that exceeds that, then please e-mail us so we can work with you.
    • Include a suggested title for your piece
    • Please be sure that your piece has been edited for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
      • If you’re submitting a news piece, then please be sure your submission fits AP style format
    • Include a short synopsis detailing your piece
    • Include at least one photo with each post. If you’d prefer we use a stock image, let us know.
    • Add a short 1-3 sentence bio about yourself
  • For video:
    • Please keep your video under 10 minutes (we can work with you if it’s longer in length)
    • Submit us the video via google drive or youtube
  • For photography
    • Include a title of your piece
    • Include a 1-3 paragraph detail about your work (that we will use in the blog post)
    • Include 3+ photos of your work (please label your photos)
  • For graphic design
    • Include a title of your piece
    • Include a 1-3 paragraph detail about your work (that we will use in the blog post)
    • Include 3+ design pieces of your work (please label your pieces)
  • We also accept previously published pieces. In this case, please include the link  (and let us know that you retain author rights over this story and the ability to publish it elsewhere).
  • Send all questions to usfspconnect@gmail.com

Photo Guidelines for taking better images(for all pieces)

  • Make Sure Your Subject Is in Focus
    Autofocus is your friend, but if you aren’t sure, tap your subject on the screen (on a phone) or lightly press the shutter button (on a camera) before taking the picture so everything is clear.
  • Turn Off Auto-Flash
    Even though the flash will illuminate your subject, it can leave it in harsh light. Try turning off the flash and letting the phone/camera capture your subject in low light. If you still can’t get a good photo, turn on your flash and see if it turns out all right.
  • Rule of Thirds
    The rule of thirds is the principal that photos look better when your subject isn’t right in the middle of the scene. Place them to either side, with maybe another secondary element to interest the eye on the other side, and you have a recipe for a winning photo.
  • Shoot From a Low Angle
    Shooting from a low angle makes people and other subjects more interesting simply because we’re not used to looking at them from that perspective. If you want your child or pet to stand out in the photo, for instance, you should get down to their height. Don’t be afraid to get close!
  • Send Us the Full Size Photo
    Don’t worry about the file size; just send us the full size photo (at least 1280 pixels wide) and we’ll take it from there!

Please note that we do edit pieces and their titles for length, clarity and our own editorial guidelines. For example, this might mean your title will be changed or certain language will be removed. If we feel we’ve made significant enough changes or altered your original tone, we’ll run it by you first. We never want to misrepresent your voice or message.

Also, unfortunately, we can’t publish every story or blog post that we receive.

SUBMIT YOUR PIECE HERE