Content Submission Guidelines
Content Submission Requirements
Southwest Wine Guide.com encourages the submission of content that addresses and promotes any topic related wine, drinks, food and travel. We cover a wide range of topics within these specialty areas including:
- Wine and Drinks Tastings and Reviews
- Chef and Restaurant Reviews
- Hotel and Travel Destination Reviews
- Culinary Reviews
- Recipes (especially with wine pairings)
- Food and Wine Pairings
- Food and Drinks Pairings
- Barware and Kitchen Gadgets Reviews
- Vineyard Wedding Advice
Readership - Our readers are between the ages of 35 and 65 with an equal mix of male/female. Our primary audience resides in The United States, Canada and The United Kingdom. They are intelligent, Internet-savvy, middle-to-upper-middle class income and busy, and look to our publication for interesting, insightful and credible information. We encourage you to view previously published content on our website prior to submitting a pitch.
Due to space limitations or content that is not distinctive from other content previously published we reserve the right to pass on any content submitted to us. We welcome well-constructed short pitches on topics of interest to our readers. If your content is accepted for publication, please note that our editorial process is thorough and we may ask for multiple rounds of revisions.
Some helpful guidelines on structuring your pitch:
- What is the core message of the content you’re pitching?
- Why do our readers need to know about it?
- What is unique about your idea?
- What personal, academic or professional experience will you draw on?
Content Submission Guidelines
To submit content for consideration in our publication, please review the guidelines and follow the instructions below.
Authors retain copyright of their original work. Although we prefer original content, authors retain the right to publish their material elsewhere.
Southwest Wine Guide reserves the right to edit content, add or delete images, etc. At our discretion, some content may be included in our Wine Education section, or our Possible Pours Blog. We reserve the right to utilize a plagiarism tool to ensure that any material submitted is original.
Word Count Guide
Blog Posts – 300 to 1,000 words
Long-Form Articles – 1,500 – 3,500 words
White Papers and Special Reports – 3,000 – 10,000+ words
Videos – No more than 20 minutes in length
Please provide links to the sources that were used to research the content. The links should be placed at the end of the content or in a separate file with the heading, Resources Used. If you have linked resources within the body of the content, please list them in the order they were used.
Royalty-free images or images you have personally taken may be included in your article submission and should be no smaller than 700px wide x 300px high. Please send them in a separate file in JPG format. Please label each image or show image placement in a content mock-up. If your images are not Royalty-free, please include the source name of the image (i.e. photographer or artist name).
Submitted Content is not paid
Southwest Wine Guide does not pay for contributed content, but if the content is engaging to read and useful to our readership, we will energetically promote on social media such as LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
No Content Disguised as Ads
If your content includes information that would portray it as an advertisement, Southwest Wine Guide has the right to exclude or edit. Examples would include contact information within the body of the content or a link to a specific product. Bylines may also be edited or removed at our discretion.
Include your Credentials, Contact Information, Company or Business Name, Photo & URL link
Please include your name, address, email and phone number, photo (if applicable) and any credentials at the end of the article so that we may contact you if we have questions about your submission. You may also include a brief bio.
Although the contact information you provide may not be included in the publication, we cannot publish content that does not include contact information with the submission.
Your content will be linked to your website for more information. Please provide your website URL link along with your submission.
How to Submit Content
Articles - Please submit your article in Microsoft Word format. PDF files will not be accepted. Send your article via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Article Submission. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your article within 72 hours.
Other Content – Depending on the type of content and file size, we may request that you send it via Google Docs or Dropbox. Please contact us for instructions.
Please contact us with any questions.