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Positively Smitten Category Guidelines

Here you’ll find a description of the types of things we at Positively Smitten feel each category should encompass. As a reader, these are the types of things you can expect to see; as a potential contributor, these are the things we’d like to cover. Feel free to shoot us a question at positivelysmittenmagazine@gmail.com!

Advice

Description: Bad decisions, broken relationships, fashion don’ts, financial snafus — we’ve been there. We share lessons from life’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Tips to make you wiser, and also help you out if you find yourself in a similar experience.
  • Columns from young people who want to talk about the issues that matter to her and her peers.
  • Columns from older women who want to give advice to younger women.
  • Columns to help you navigate life situations.

Sample post: How Not to Ruin a First Date

What we are not looking for: Stereotypical women’s magazine articles about how to attract men (think Cosmopolitan Magazine-type pieces); articles telling women how to change themselves because something is wrong with them. (An article talking about how you decided to embark on a yoga journey so you could get healthy, however, is totally fine.)

Beauty

Description: Inner beauty and outer beauty both have a place here. So whether you wear makeup and love fashion or are just trying to figure out how to be comfortable in your skin, we’ll share honest stories on beauty topics and tips.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Beauty: Hair and makeup tips and reviews. Learn which products actually work, from women who’ve actually used them.
  • Fashion: Fashion isn’t frivolous – it’s fun! Find style tips and real-life outfit inspirations from women like you.
  • Confidence tips
  • What makes YOU feel beautiful
  • Advice to make ourselves feel beautiful

Sample post: Choose to Love Yourself

What we are not looking for: Articles that do not have an overall positive message.

Career

Description: Entering the workforce can be terrifying. We’ll help you sort out what to wear, what to say, and how to survive the office atmosphere. Find ways to foster a positive office life, how to ace an interview, tips for being successful at an internship, and the dos and don’ts of the workplace from women who’ve been there.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Internships: How to land one, what to look for, how to dress.
  • Interviews: Dos and don’ts, how to write a “thank you” note, tales from those who’ve been there.
  • Office life: Ways to approach your boss, the right way to ask for a raise, ways to spruce up your office.
  • Career path: A deeper examination of how to follow your passion and make a career out of it.

Sample post: Career Corner, Part 1: Prepare for Your Interview Performance

What we are not looking for: Ultra vague suggestions without a deeper examination; blanket statements that say “[x] WILL or WON’T work for everyone”; tips that are not particularly constructive/are based too deeply in privileged situations (like, “Go for your dreams NO MATTER WHAT even if that means having no money/support system because you can always move back in with your parents,” as that is not an option for everyone).

Do-It-Yourself/DIY

Description: Learn a new skill from us or with us, including everything from guidelines for throwing a fabulous dinner party to crafting to how to change a tire.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Skills: We’ll teach ourselves how to do things, or we’ll teach you things we already know.
  • Crafts: Ever wanted to know how to scrapbook? Or make jam? Or knit? Now you can!
  • Tradition: Learn everything from how to set a table to basic dinner party rules.

Sample post: How to Launch an Etsy Store

What we are not looking for: Crafts or skills that are only relevant to your life, unless it’s part of a larger picture. For example, it’s really awesome if you can hopscotch while doing a handstand, but unless that’s a skill you can teach to the rest of us, that might best be left elsewhere. (Pretty dope talent, though!)

Entertainment

Description: Our take on entertainment, from books to movies to music. These are the things that resonate with us, inspire us, or hit a nerve with us. Find your latest reviews, media critiques, and other entertainment sources here. Please make sure you do your research on who you’re writing about.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Appreciation of female celebrities/entrepreneurs/women in the media that you like, admire, and are inspired by.
  • Reviews of films, books, television shows, art
  • Critiques of the media
  • Inspiration in the media

Sample post: Lena Dunham’s “Girls” Broke My Heart

What we are not looking for: Celebrity gossip; articles bashing celebrities (although critiques founded in something real are fine, but a post about how you hate Taylor Swift because you think she’s “annoying” is not). We choose not to promote things that may offend, hurt, or alienate readers.

Inspiration

Description: You know that fluttery feeling you get in your stomach when someone you admire does something amazing? Yeah, us too. Here we chat with some of those lovely ladies, who have been there, done that, as they try to help us be as wonderful as they are.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Ladies We Love: There are tons of women we’re inspired by, including people we know in real life and celebrities. Here we’ll talk about a few.
  • Giving Back: Feel good by doing good!
  • Notable Quotable: We share our obsessions with inspirational quotes.

Sample post: Will You Take the Journey With Me?

What we are not looking for: Articles that idolize a celebrity for reasons like, “I love her hair.” Give us something a little deeper. (Although loving her hair can be ONE of the reasons!)

Relationships

Description: Whether it’s a family issue or a problem with your significant other, we’ll talk about the important relationships in our lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly. But no bashing. Everything you write should be constructive.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Family: Families aren’t perfect, but it helps to know you’re not alone.
  • Friends: How to make friends, keep them, and be a great one.
  • Love: All about the significant others in our lives, including ways to fight right and gift guides.
  • Self: Your relationship with you is the most important of all.

Sample post: Lessons Learned from My First Love

What we are not looking for: Articles telling us to change ourselves to attract a mate. We’re not looking for articles that will make someone else feel bad. Articles should focus on self-realizations, and lessons you’ve learned, NOT on what other people did wrong. Similarly, refrain from making sweeping generalizations about anyone, including saying things like, “all men are [X]; all women are [Y].” 

Recipes

Description: Yum. Food. In our tummies.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Recipes you’ve created that you want to share with the world.
  • Recipes you’re recreating from a cookbook, blog, or family recipe. (Please include a link/source for the original recipe.)

Sample post: Battle Bouchon: Homemade Oreo Recipe (To Die For) By Chef Thomas Keller

What we are not looking for: Recipes without pictures. We want to see that delicious food!

Wellness

Description: Love, appreciate, and care for yourself with articles found here. We’ll cover recipes to try, exercise tips, and ways to maintain emotional wellness. We’re open to everything that contributes to an overall happy life, especially if you’ve incorporated into your life and it makes YOU happy! We want you to share that with us. To us, being happy is being healthy.

What we’re looking for: 

  • Body: Exercise and meditation tips
  • Mind: Minimize stress, build your self esteem, and achieve your goals.
  • Recipes: Everything from recipes we’ve tried, healthy alternatives, and decadent desserts.

Sample post: Rub-A-Dub-Dub, De-stress in the Tub

What we are not looking for: While we’d love healthy recipes and exercise tips, we are not looking ONLY for those things. Our take on health and wellness encompasses happiness and efforts to improve our self esteem. We are open to decadent recipes, as well as self-indulgent pieces. We’re not okay with body-bashing. We also don’t believe anyone’s health is up for debate, which means articles that attempt to promote one particular body type or degrade certain lifestyles will strictly be prohibited.

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