Become a Contributor
We are looking for new contributors! Sound like something you might be interested in? We want you:
- If you have (or had) chronic Lyme disease and/or Multiple Chronic Infectious Disease Syndrome (MSIDS) or care for someone with Lyme.
- If you’re a good writer with a solid grasp of the English language and better-than-average grammatical skills.
- If you want to write about the Lyme life and/or the science behind the disease process in a supportive, uplifting environment.
- If you have a great sense of humor and/or sarcasm and can communicate that through your writing.
- If you can commit to writing at least two blog posts a month.
- If you’re active on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
- If you have a background in the sciences and/or creative writing.
We’re looking for pieces:
- About the technical/scientific aspects of Lyme and comorbid diseases–testing, treatment (pharmaceutical, natural, new and upcoming), adjuvant therapies, research, etc.
- About general health topics that apply to people with chronic Lyme and MSIDS–for example, detox, diet, gentle exercise, organ support, etc.
- About living with chronic Lyme disease. A caveat–we don’t want case histories. If you want to tell your story from first symptom to the present, that’s best done elsewhere. For examples of the types of personal pieces we do want, check out these articles: “What a Lyme Disease Flare is Like for Me,” “When a Cashier Told Me I ‘Look Really Good’ for Someone with Lyme Disease,” “How 11 Top NYC Doctors Missed My Lyme Disease.”
- In response to recent Lyme news or publicity. For example, Meagan Borkowski’s response to jokes Jimmy Kimmel made about Lyme disease.
- That inspire and uplift other patients–for example, a devotion, meditation, prayer, or simply an article that addresses the emotional, spiritual, and/or relational side of Lyme disease.
A few style guidelines:
- Use the Oxford comma.
- One space after a period.
- If mentioning a book or film, italicize the title.
- Search engines and people with Lyme brain like posts that are well organized and easy to digest. If you’re writing a long, technical post, try breaking it up with subheadings. Listicles are also great.
To apply, send an email to info(at)lymewarrior(dot)us containing the following:
- Your first and last name
- Two sample blog posts (as Word or Pages document attachments or links to blog posts, Google Docs, etc.)
- A brief (approx. 50 word) bio that includes any relevant links to blogs, social media profiles, etc.
- A headshot (must be at least 600x600px and 72dpi).
Before you apply, you should peruse the blog to get an idea of what we’re all about.
If you’d like to contribute something to the blog, but can’t commit to writing twice a month, send your submission (as a Word or Pages document attachment) to kate(at)lymeology(dot)com. We’ll let you know within three weeks if we want to publish it or not.
Your submission doesn’t have to be a standard blog post! We are also interested in poetry, photography, and other visual arts. Be creative!
So, is this a paid gig?
No. Sorry, we’re not exactly swimming in dough. Those ads you see? They go towards covering the cost of web hosting, domain fees, etc. We would love to be able to reconsider this policy in the future, but until then you get the satisfaction of unleashing your creative genius on the Lyme community.
Will I be given writing assignments or do I get to use my own ideas?
While we may occasionally throw out suggestions, you’re never required to write about something you don’t want to write about. You’re certainly not confined to the ideas I listed above, but if your idea is way out there, run it by us before writing it.
How long should writing samples be?
We care about quality more than quantity. That said, a good guideline is 600-1,200 words. Just make sure your writing samples are long enough to give us a good sense of your style.
Can I use something I’ve published/posted somewhere else?
For writing samples, yes. For blog posts if you become a contributor, no. We dig original content. If it’s been posted on another blog or published before, we don’t want it.
Can I repost my work somewhere else after it’s been published here?
You can post an excerpt with a link to the full post on Lymeology.