Write for Vegan Life Magazine

Vegan Life magazine has become the UK’s favourite vegan monthly since its launch back in 2014. The nation’s first newsstand vegan title covers more than a meat and dairy-free diet, encompassing everything from food, health and nutrition through to sustainable fashion, art, environmentalism and activism. Winner of Vegfest Best Vegan Magazine for five years running, our readership now spans much of the world, from America to Australia, and most countries in between.

This global audience extends from ‘old school’ vegans who came before the shops stocked oat milk, to newbie vegans just starting out on their journey, and those with an interest in any areas related to veganism, such as cooking plant-based food, animal activism, or just how to live a more compassionate life. We present all topics in a simple, accessible, easy-to-read way, so that everyone can understand everything, and when sharing more sensitive animal rights issues, we do so in a delicate manner that does not cause upset to our readers.

Right from the very start, we’ve been keen to showcase new writing talent and display the vast depth of knowledge that’s within the vegan community, both in the UK and worldwide, on all areas from recipe creation to activism. Here’s your chance to be a part of it. Create a contributors account today. 

 

JOIN THE VEGAN LIFE COMMUNITY

We want to hear what you’ve got to say. Send us your articles, photos, poems, recipes, videos, art… Anything you’d like to share with us that will elevate and educate our wonderful plant-powered community. You’ll reach our massive audience, which will help you spread your own message. As well as being Britain’s favourite vegan publication, we’re also the people behind the annual Vegan Life Live Show which is held in London every March. As well as this, we are the creators of the engaging new Vegan Life Magazine Podcast, bringing uplifting foodie talk and cook-vegan queries to the ears of hungry listeners worldwide.

Help us spread the vegan word. We’re looking for original content only on all topics relevant to living a vegan and ethical life. Be creative. Inspire us. Inspire others. If that sounds good, please read through and agree to all of the terms and conditions below before sending in your work. We can’t pay for you to share your passion via the Vegan Life platform, but you’ll be inspiring us and others, and grow your own name and brand as you do so.

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

Yes, that’s right…it’s all about you! Vegan Life has always been a community-driven publication and we want to share whatever it is that you are passionate about on our platform. Anything and everything that springs from the vegan world, from plant-based health, happiness, fitness, art, travel, zero-waste living, and the search for a more meaningful, ethical and compassionate life.

What we really want is your passion. Share with us the things that you are motivated by, and passionate about, and that will resonate with our lovely readership. And feel free to share your Vegan Life article as widely as you like among your own community and friends, via social media and your website if you have one. The more you share it, the more readers will see it!

 

SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE

It’s easy to submit your article to us. Do it online via our online submission form (link at the bottom of this page). Before you do, however, here are a few practical things to consider:

Be the best version of yourself: Make sure you have checked and proofread your article so there are no spelling or grammar errors, and that it reads well and makes sense to others.

Keep it punchy and positive: It’s always best to keep it simple and aim for clarity, especially in your introduction, in order to grab and maintain reader interest. Readers have to know straight away what your article is about otherwise you’ll lose their interest.

Word count: Most of our written features range from 500 words to 1,000 words. Anything in this range is fine. If it’s longer, that’s fine too, but make sure what you’re saying remains engaging for the reader throughout. For new writers, it’s usually easier to aim for a lower word count initially, that way there’s less room for confusing readers or losing the story thread as you progress through your article.

Top 10s (or Top 5s): Everyone loves an article with a number in the title! This can be a great way for new writers to start. Think of things like: ‘7 ways to help animals or ‘3 things you don’t know about tofu’ etc. It doesn’t have to be 10, or 5 or 3, it can be any number. If you’re nervous about writing for this first time, this is a great way to begin.

Video: If it’s a video you’re submitting then it will still need a short, written introduction explaining what’s in it. That should include a title (e.g. ‘Make Your Own Vegan Protein Balls’) as well as a few lines to explain what the purpose of the video is. Videos should be a maximum of 10 minutes long.

Photos: We love your photos! An image can be worth a thousand words, so if you have any great, individual photos to share, but where the story behind it might be minimal, then we welcome those too. For all photos, please make sure you have permission to use them and there are no cost or copyright implications.

Designed Magazine: We may select your article to be included in the designed magazine, not just the online pages. The designed magazine will be produced in pdf, page turner and printed versions. Our editors make the decision on what to include each month. If your article is chosen, then it may appear in our international licenced editions. By submitting your article, you are agreeing for this use.

 

THINGS TO SUBMIT WITH YOUR ARTICLE

Biography: Before you submit your first article to us, we require a biography and author photo from you to go alongside it. (Square Image 600 x 600 pixels) This helps us to know who has written the article and, more importantly for you, it helps to spread your name and profile out further among our readership. Tell the world who you are! Your bio should be fun and written in the third person (e.g. ‘He/she is a raw vegan chef, rather than ‘I am a raw vegan chef’). And do include links so we can help to promote you, such as your website, Instagram or Facebook pages. As a bare minimum, all articles must include the author’s first name and second name, and up to 20 words of bio about the author.

Photos: Feel free to submit an image/s to go alongside your article to illustrate it but please make sure it is relevant and clearly links logically to the written word. Only submit an image if you are certain that you have full rights to use it, without cost and copyright implications. Image size should be 1Mb or under, ideally. Inappropriate images will be deleted and may result in your article being removed or users being blocked in the future. The main Feature Image format is 1280 x 720 pixels. All other images can be the same size as the feature image or 600 x 400 pixels, landscape or portrait. Square format should be 600 x 600 pixels.

 

EDITING

Please note: We reserve the right to edit any piece of work that is sent in to us. This is no reflection on the author whatsoever, but sometimes we may need to adjust an article or headline to make it more appealing or engaging to our broader community. The same goes for photos. If we feel we can illustrate an article in a way that is more suitable for our platform, then we may need to replace images.

 

PARTNER CONTENT / ADVERTISING

We have a separate section on the platform for paid-for and sponsored content. To find out more about opportunities in this area and to learn about advertising on our site please email us for more details

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

The best way to get a feel for what we’re looking for is to have a good read of Vegan Life in the first place, whether that’s online, via the digital app or in the print magazine itself. Articles must be non-promotional. Any promotional-based articles should be sent to the advertising department. Generally (like the print magazine), our content fits into one of several broad categories:

 

Lifestyle: Articles that are relevant to living a vegan life, such as food, beauty, fashion, parenting, home and garden, enjoying the great outdoors etc.

Health: How to live a healthily as a vegan, with features that explore physical and mental health, nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation, superfoods and more.

Recipes: Flavoursome vegan recipes including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. Accompanied by powerful imagery, an easy-to-read ingredients list, serves, and step-by-step instructions.

Planet: How veganism, vegan organisations and people are making an impact on animals and the wider world from activism, art, animal sanctuaries, environmental issues, vegan projects and ethical businesses to eco-living.

Travel: Articles on vegan travel, retreats, festivals, events and foodie holidays aimed at inspiring readers through words and images (rather than selling to them!).

 

LIBEL

Please be wary of writing anything that may contravene libel laws. It is your responsibility to avoid writing anything that may be deemed as libel. Libel is essentially defined as, “A published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation” but this is a complex area of law. You don’t need to become a lawyer, but you do need to be very careful if you are saying anything remotely negative about a person or an organisation. If in doubt, take it out.

 

STYLE GUIDE

Please make sure your writing follows these simple style guidelines:

Headlines: Include a simple and short headline with your story (maximum 10 words). This is the main hook for the reader so try and make it as catchy or appealing as you can. Bear in mind that we are also monitoring headlines so may edit if we feel we can add greater value to your article.

Standfirst: Please also include a short introduction essentially summarising what the article is about. This would typically be around 5-25 words.

Be positive: We are looking to elevate and educate our audience, to inspire more people to live happy, healthy lives, so do try to bring in a positive message where possible. Let’s uplift the world together!

Practice / Practicing (not Practise / Practising)

Organisation (not organization)

% (not per cent)

Use ‘and’ (not & or +)

Numbers: use letters for one to nine, but numbers from 10 onwards, unless you are opening a sentence with a number. In headlines, it’s different: then it’s okay to use numbers 1-9

Use lower case for job titles. Use capital letters when talking about brands and businesses (Centre for Yoga).

Do not emphasise words or phrases by using capitals, bold or italics. The writing should be strong enough to stand out on its own without using bold, caps or italics.

Use OM when referring to OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine (not Om or om). If referring to the sound or chant then it’s okay to use ‘Om’.


Photo credits
: Please include the name of the person who took the photo or the non-copyrighted site where the image was sourced e.g. Pixabay or Unsplash. You must either own the photo yourself or have sourced it from a similar photo-sharing site where there are no cost or copyright implications.

Web links: Do include links where necessary in your article if you are referring to a place, a product or a well-known teacher for example with a known website.

 

WRITER GUIDELINES

We welcome your articles, photos and video submissions online. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it and what we’re looking for.

All content (articles, photos, video features) can be submitted via our online submission tool (link at the bottom of this page)

Word Count: Anything between 500-1,000 words is ideal for general features and stories. However, this can vary widely depending on what you’re submitting. For example, if you’re sending in artwork, a video, product roundup or photo-based travel piece, then word count is typically much shorter (perhaps just a catchy headline and a brief introductory paragraph).

Recipes: Word count will vary for recipes depending on the length of your dish, but if possible, please try to stay under 700 words and 12 steps. The recipe must be your own, not adapted from an already published vegan cookbook or food blog. Please supply at least two photos of your finished recipe, including the name of the person who took the photo or the non-copyrighted site where the image was sourced e.g. Pixabay or Unsplash. You must either own the photo yourself or have sourced it from a similar photo-sharing site where there are no cost or copyright implications.

Images: We love your photos but please make sure they are relevant to the article and that you have full usage rights and permission for them (i.e. without cost and copyright implications to Vegan Life). Image size should be 1Mb or under. Images may be used across all Vegan Life’s platforms and channels.

Unique Content: We are looking for original content only please. This is very important to us — and you — as it enables internet search engines to distinguish your work as unique. This will ultimately help in the promotion of your article as well as establishing greater credibility both for Vegan Life and its community of writers. If your work has been published before, it is essential that you tell us. We may still be able to publish it if several key changes are made first (e.g. updating the article with around 25 per cent of new content to distinguish it from past work and inserting a new headline and introductory information).

Bio: For every article submitted we need your genuine first and last name, plus a simple headshot author image. We also require a short bio from you that’s written in the third person (e.g. ‘He/she is a UK-based vegan health coach rather than ‘I am a UK-based vegan health coach).

Sharing: Please share your article far and wide on social media after publishing. The more you can share your Vegan Life work across your personal and professional networks (whether that’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other platform, including your own website), the more readers will get to see it. It’s the best way to start promoting and sharing your message to the big wide world.

 

Final note

Please be aware that all content is subject to editing from our in-house team. This is more for reasons of style, consistency, relevance, accuracy and appropriateness, rather than any reflection on the author’s writing or viewpoint.

Please be aware that if your work is selected by our editors for inclusion in the designed magazine (online page turner, downloadable pdf or print version), that it may appear in our international licenced editions. If you do not want your work included in these editions, please select "online only" and your article will only appear in the articles section of the website. If this is not selected, then you are granting permission for your article to be used across all platforms and in licenced editions.

Getting Started.

If you'd like to write for Vegan Life, first of all you will need to create a contributors account, please be aware you will need the following information to complete your profile: Short and long bio, head and solders photo 600 x 600. Social media addresses if you have them and a website address, again if you have one. Create your Contributor Account here then follow the instructions to complete your profile information and submit your first article.