Write for Us
“On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
Why Write for Blue Ocean?
Do you want to change the world, save the oceans, stop global warming or participate in your local beach clean-up. These are all potential topics for our posts. The important thing is that your aspirations can find a place with us at Blue Ocean. You may be an expert in your field or simply an observer of a situation that needs to be brought to our attention, so end us your idea.
Since you have contacted us, we know that you have been on our website and you probably got there by following one of our posts. Please spend some time reviewing these articles to see the kind of topics we cover, and the style of our presentation. You will find a list of issues that we cover at the bottom of this doc. however this is only a guide and we are always open to new topics.
Let us know what you are passionate about and then determine if you can write about that within the perimeters of our editorial style.
You can do one article or become a regular contributor, that is up to you and your availability.
Recommended article length: 400 to 800 words.
Submit your article as a Microsoft word.doc, (not .docx). To save in .doc, simply choose “Save As” and choose “.doc” instead of “.docx”.
Include your full name and a short bio. If your article is published you will receive full credit for your work.
Submit your article with full links to source material.
Check your facts and do a spell check and grammar check before submitting.
Break up your document with sub-headings, etc. We will do the final formatting before publishing.
Do not include advertisements or promotions of a company’s products, unless that info is the core of the topic, ex. sustainable sunscreens will list product names and possibly links to their websites.
Visuals: please include links and credits for visuals, (photos, art, graphs, videos) that illustrate your topic. However, there is no guarantee that all or any of your selected images will be used, others may be chosen from our own sources, to improve image quality or for copyright concerns.
Today, many issues are covered from a variety of perspectives, for example ocean plastic pollution. If your idea is not accepted for publication this will in no way restrict Blue Ocean from publishing similar or related articles in the future. It is possible that once we are familiar with your style and interests we may propose topics to you to consider for articles.
Your submission of a potential article does not mean that Blue Ocean will accept it for publication, we reserve the right to reject any submissions considered by our editorial board to be inappropriate for us.
Your topic must directly relate to the goals and mission of Blue Ocean and our Ocean Community, see About Us.
Your submission should be overwhelmingly original, not cut and paste from other sources. We do encourage you to incorporate quotes into your article, however make sure that they are accurate and fully attributed.
Choose a title that will capture the attention of readers, however, we reserve the right to change or edit the title of your submission.
Encapsulate your article in the first paragraph and make it appealing. We can use this introduction to promote your article.
Attempt, if possible, to close your article with a “what you can do to make a difference” or “a call to action”.
Although many of the issues that we cover in our posts are of a very serious nature we try to maintain a positive and inspiring or energetic tone, emphasizing potential solutions. This does not mean that we avoid subjects that are serious or dire.
Our community is composed of a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals from scientists to divers and surfers. We look for a writing style that is easy to read and digest and that appeals to our entire community.
Avoid writing in the first person “I” or “me” unless the article’s subject is from your direct experience.
Check out “News” on the BlueOcean.net website to see all of the posts we have published over the last several years. Study the more recent ones for both style and substance and consider this when writing your own proposals.
You will notice that there are 2 distinct approaches to our posts. The first, addresses a single topic or event, for example the: Green Surf Festival or Inside the World of Jacques Cousteau. The second approach is a “wrap around” in which we take a central theme and present many aspects and perspectives on that issue pulled from multiple sources. Good examples of this approach are: Our Plastic Ocean and Renewable Energy: Must Be Something Blowing In the Wind. Consider which approach best suits your topic.
Blue Ocean Editing
We will make every attempt to respect the writer’s work, but Blue Ocean reserves the right to edit your submission to meet our standards and style and to improve search engine visibility.
Blue Ocean will format your Word Doc. draft into a look and style consistent with our posts. We may also, include links to previous Blue Ocean posts, outside sources and Blue Ocean messages.
Once Blue Ocean has published your article, we reserve the unlimited right to reuse that article in the future . Your article will be available in an archive of posts and it could be used in connection with promoting Blue Ocean events.
Issues To Consider For Blue Ocean Articles:
Here is a short and very incomplete list of topics for potential articles. We are very open to considering additional topics.
Ocean Health, Coral Reefs, Climate Change, Global Warming, Ocean Acidification and Sea Level Rise, Over Fishing, Ocean Pollution, Marine Protected Areas, Marine Life and Endangered Species, Sustainable Dive and Ocean Business, Sustainable Choices in Tourism, Travel and Lifestyle, Clean and Renewable Energy and Political Issues Effecting the Environment,
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