Become a Contributor

We are always looking to include outside contributors that can enhance our site. covers a range of topics, including business, development, leadership, management, motivation and everything in-between. Our goal being to provide content that will help cultivate, inform, and assist our readers to become more innovative, strategic, logic, confident, motivated, and influential in their work and everyday lives.

To accomplish that goal, we are looking to enlist the foremost experts in each topic, both theory and practice. Through collaboration we look to express their thoughts in the most influential way possible. We publish articles of different lengths, graphics, videos, podcasts, slide presentations, and just about any media that may help is share the ideas effectively.

What we Look for When Evaluating What to Publish

  • Expertise: You don’t have to be well known to be a contributor, but you must know a lot about the subject you’re writing about.
  • Evidence: It’s not enough to know your subject deeply — you have to prove it to the reader. Referring to supporting research is one good way to do this; describing relevant examples is another. If you have interesting data, let us know.
  • Originality: New ideas are rare and precious — and one of the primary reasons readers turn to our site. If you’re writing about a well-worn topic, we’ll be looking for a unique argument or
  • Usefulness: Our readers come to us not only to stay informed and empowered but to change the way they and their organizations actually do things. Try to explain your thinking so that the reader understands how to apply it in a real situation. This will make it more powerful.
  • Writing that’s persuasive and enjoyable to read: Our readers are smart and skeptical and busy. If you don’t capture their interest right away, they will move on to something else. This also includes accuracy: spelling, grammar, and facts.
  • Relevant: We have a wide range of topics, which many sub-topics can be found. We are looking to stay in the scope of our readers. Try to stay within the core topics.
  • Word Count: 500-800 word posts tend to do well. This is not a hard and fast rule. Take the space you need to get across what you need to say.

What We’re NOT Looking For:

  • Breaking news stories. All prominent news stories can be found on news sites.
  • Numbered lists, tips, tricks or “How To” articles with very general information. Unless it hasn’t been done before, we’ve probably seen it. Try to be unique.
  • Promotional or sponsored posts. Your post should not read like a press release, a classified ad, or appear lopsided. You should also not use your post as a recruiting tool. You should always disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Extremely personal posts. Real-life examples are great, but we don’t want to read about your private life.
  • Posts that use overly-technical language or terms only industry insiders would know.
  • Attacks. No personal attacks, conspiracy theories, defamation or gratuitous foul language.
  • Posts that infringe upon another person’s intellectual property. This includes but is not limited to trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights of any type.
  • Keyword marketing or paid links. Adding keywords to increase SEO or driving readers to websites for promotional purposes is not tolerated.

General notes on process

We receive many more submissions than we can publish, and we often have to say no to good proposals due to limitations of space and time or because they’re not distinct enough from other pieces we have published. If we’ve passed on something you’ve submitted, please feel free to try again with another idea. If our editors have said no multiple times, it may mean your work isn’t a good fit for our audience.

Our editorial process is more thorough than many other publishers’, and you may be asked to do multiple rounds of revisions. Contributors frequently tell us that they appreciate the extra care and attention their work receives.

We retain final decision rights over headlines. If we rewrite your title, it’s because we believe the revised version will help your idea reach the audience it deserves.

We strive for authenticity in our articles. We don’t publish pieces that have appeared elsewhere, that come across as promotional, or that do not include rigorous citations (though these may not appear in the finished piece). We ask our authors to disclose any financial relationships they have with companies cited in the proposed article. Illuminated Studioworks typically holds copyright on the finished product, but authors continue to own the underlying ideas in their articles.

We try to evaluate ideas before we determine where and how to publish them. We will consider submissions that contain only a short pitch, and we can help determine what the best steps and, format, and medium should be.

How to Submit

All submissions are via web are made to spec. It’s helpful if you send us a short pitch first so that we can give you early feedback, but we need to see a full draft before officially accepting a piece—even if we’ve asked you to write it, and even if you’ve written for us before.

If you have not published on or Illuminated Studioworks affiliate sites we ask for a short bio and professional picture. If deemed an expert or influential contributor the information will be made public otherwise the post will be labeled as guest contributor. We have the right to change or rewrite bio if necessary.

Send all submissions to:

Any additional questions email:


Thanks for considering working with us.


Joel Klemmer
Founder at Illuminated Studioworks