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I Want to be a guest blogger

Read all FAQ’s and submission requirements and fill out the form below.  If your idea is accepted, we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss next steps. 


Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, depending on the content. The Outdoor Apothecary loves to amplify voices of under-heard and marginalized people that are undiscovered experts in their field. Content must be related to herbs, connecting to nature, gardening, foraging, wildcrafting, slow living, or sustainability.

  • If you have a submission or guest blog post idea, submit your idea through the form below.  In 1-3 sentences, share your idea only. Then, share a short bio about who you are, where you are from, and your experience in the field. If your idea aligns with the Outdoor Apothecary blog and content calendar, then we’ll respond to discuss the next steps.
  • If your article is accepted, you can expect a response within 4 weeks. Please do not send your article to other publications during this pending period. The moderator does her best to reply to rejected work as well, but if you have not heard from TOA within the specified time period, consider it a pass and feel free to submit your work elsewhere.

Our core topics fit into the following categories: 

  • Foraging and Wildcrafting – (covering foraging of wild medicinal or edible herbs of the US – New England specific is preferred)
  • Gardening and Permaculture – (covering vegetables, trees/perennials, soil building, mushrooms, ornamentals, etc.)
  • Herbs and Herbal Remedies – (covering herbs and their medicinal benefits and uses, folk herbalism, herbal folklore, and topics related to plant wisdom)
  • Connecting with Nature – (covering rewilding, forest bathing, nature therapy)
  • Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency – (covering a broad category that includes the kitchen and cooking, food preservation, old-fashioned skills like soapmaking or basket weaving,  natual home cleaning/organization/storage,  general sustainable living,  community building, disaster preparedness, and other topics that make sense.)
  • Celebrating the Seasons – (covering topics related to seasonal shifts that connect us to nature such as: lunar cycles, pagan holidays, the wheel of the year calendar)

In general, we want to see the following from guest posts:

  • Sufficient length: Our best posts are 1500 to 2000 words or longer
  • Short intro: ~150 words. Introduce your topic and then tell the reader what the post will cover.
  • Friendly tone: Conversational, not corporate!
  • Skimmability: Headings, subheadings, short paragraphs, etc.
    • Please use sentence case with your headings!
  • Short bio: 1-3 sentences. You can include links to your website or social accounts.
  • Make it Educational – please don’t pitch your product here.
  • Make it Practical & Applicable – make it relevant for our readers and include lots of useful tips.
  • Show, Don’t Tell – include unique or custom images that haven’t been used elsewhere, video, or other multimedia.
  • Write Clearly – use a tool like Hemingway App or Grammarly if you’re not a professional writer (most of us aren’t).
  • Prove It – use lots of cited and helpful resources, including other content on the Outdoor Apothecary and elsewhere on the web
  • Relevant To Your Expertise – write about topics that you have direct experience with – please don’t submit a post on how to set up an aquaculture tank if you’ve never actually done it.


1 – Writing For Us Because You Love Writing:

At this time, contributors are not paid for their submissions. This website is managed by a sole writer, not a company with multiple employees and a steady stream of revenue. All articles are voluntarily submitted for free online exposure rather than monetary compensation


2 – Guest Posting For Us Because You’re Promoting Something:

If you’re looking to write a guest post for us, and don’t want to be paid but instead you want to receive a backlink, then we have high-quality standards for accepting that type of work.

This generally applies to the following types of writers:

  • You have your own blog and are guest posting to promote it.

To be specific, it should be excellent writing and on one of the topics we generally write about for our audience, and your biases and any conflicts of interest need to be well disclosed.

What Are the Benefits of Having Your Work Featured?

  • Free Exposure: There is no submission fee to submit work, and guest-blogging is a great way to expand your online reach outside your own network. Authors are highly encouraged to submit a short bio so their work can be properly credited. Pseudonyms are acceptable. Your work is still your work — TOA is just offering you a platform to publish it! 
  • Backlinks: If you have a website, online store, or social media pages, you are welcome to include links in your article (if relevant) and author bio. Every time you have an article published under your bio, you gain inbound links to your website. Backlinks are important to help boost your SEO. (Note: the moderator will verify that any links you provide go to valid, credible web pages. If your links are deemed to be spam or low quality, they will be removed.)
  • Authority: Contributing to other websites helps to demonstrate your expertise on a certain topic or industry. It improves your credibility and bolsters your résumé.

We’re currently looking for:

  • How-to & instructional posts
  • Guides & “Introduction to [topic]” posts
  • Curated posts or resource pages
  • Other formats as approved

Instructional / How-To Posts:

Examples: how to plant bare-root fruit trees

These have to be explained very clearly and have high quality custom photos.

Curated Posts:

Examples: best plant identification guides 

These posts are built upon curating lists of photos and resources, and adding unique commentary to them.

Guides & “Introduction to [topic]” Posts:

Examples: our pages discussing how to start a permaculture garden, seed sowing, wine making.

These are longer in length, and give a good high level overview of topics.

Homestead articles:

Examples: soapmaking for beginners.

These should be useful and educational for readers.

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