Guest Writer Editorial Guidelines

Writer’s Tips:

Readers enjoy blogs that use everyday language. Imagine that you’re talking to a friend.

You can catch errors and improve your story flow by reading your post aloud or having a friend read it.

Remember the journalist’s “5 W + 1H” rule. That’s when you answer these essential questions for your readers: Who (is doing) What, When, Where, Why, and How.

Post Guidelines

Communication – all communication is to be by email to

Copyright – You as the original author retain copyright to your original work. 

Removal – if you decide at a future date you no longer want your content or bio on Happy Eco News or need corrections on the copy, we will do our best to remove or update within a reasonable amount of time. You may do this for any reason (you don’t have to explain to us) but we require written consent from the original author’s email on file.

Content – 1000 to 2000 word story about a current or recent news story, person, or project (no older than 6 months).

Saved in a .doc format and shared via Google Docs folder or in a compressed file using zip format.

All documents and images should be contained in this one single folder.

Naming convention – for the folder should be date, author, and title (YYYY-MM-DD).

No commercial external links without prior approval from Happy Eco News. 

Maximum 5 external reference links per article (to reduce clutter).

All external links will open in a new browser window and will be checked for continuity from time to time.

Minimum 1 image per article please.

  • Be sure none of the images you send will violate copyright. If you prefer, we can select and provide royalty-free images.
  • If you include images, please indicate where you would like them in the document and include captions if you like. 
  • Please do not edit royalty-free images or change the file name after they are downloaded.

Article page structure should be:

  •  Title, subtitle if required, author and author title (this will link to your bio on HEN) the link to your website.
  • Page copy: first paragraph, image, caption, etc.
  • All text should be your own except when you need to quote. In that case, just credit your sources.
  • To avoid passing on errors made by others, check facts directly.

Author Bio (articles will be attributed to this person).

Approximately a 200-word bio including URLs for your website and social media accounts as you prefer.

Headshot image for bio in .JPG or .PNG format.