Writer’s Guidelines

Tokers Times Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for Tokers Times. We are always looking for talented new writers to join our growing family.

Not only do we credit our writer’s work with an honest “byline”, we pay them as well!

We are not looking for “filler” and “content” like many websites meant to mislead in order to sell products. Tokers Times is a full resource for cannabis connoisseurs of all walks of life.

Our writers are expected to create quality articles on varying cannabis related topics that are factual, helpful, controversial and myriad other things. Never boring or falsified. All submissions must be accompanied with sources and properly credited when appropriate.

Please thoroughly review these submission guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

Initial contact with a writer we are interested is typically within four (4) weeks of their submission to us. There may be times however, depending on the volume of submissions we receive, that it may take up-to eight (8) weeks before you back.

Please do not contact us asking for updates on where your submission is. We deal with high volume and will only contact you if we are interested in your manuscript.

What We Accept…

Tokers Times accepts solicited and unsolicited material. We will consider unsolicited manuscripts that meet our content guidelines however; ideas that were pitched/queried to us will be first in line for consideration and publication.

Articles must be a minimum of 300 words and up to a maximum of 1000 words.

Longer submissions will only be considered if we have pre-approved your pitch idea and have agreed to a higher word count in advance.

Tokers Times will consider “Column” pitches via a well-written proposal. The proposal should include your idea, “Column” title and your plan to execute it; including what your first three (3) submissions would entail.

At times, Tokers Times will assign articles to those writers who have built an ongoing relationship with us by following our content and formatting rules — and abides by our deadlines, while still providing quality manuscripts.

At no time is an accepted “pitch” or “query” a guarantee that Tokers Times will buy and/or publish your article. Submissions are always on “spec”, i.e. we will review your manuscript and either; accept it, request an edit, or decline it.

  • Tokers Times is not responsible for returning unsolicited manuscripts, artwork or photography.
  • If Tokers Times decides to buy and publish your piece you will be paid upon final acceptance of your manuscript after any requested edits have been satisfactorily made. Tokers Times does not offer “kill-fees”.
  • If Tokers Times requests an edit, it is the sole responsibility of the writer to edit the piece according to the request and re-submit by any deadline given or forfeit their opportunity to be paid and published.

Copyright

Tokers Times buys all rights and will only pay for original, previously unpublished work.

If we purchase your article, Tokers Times becomes the sole owner of said work and is free of any obligation to publish. In addition, ownership allows Tokers Times to use what we buy at our discretion at any time without consulting or notifying the writer.

If you would like to submit a previously published article — that you legally own the rights to, Tokers Times will consider re-publishing your piece, but does not pay for previously published work. Also, pre-published work must have been published no less than ninety (90) days from the date of your submission to us.

What We Are Looking For…

All content should be balanced, informative, lively, timely, concise and easy to read for any audience. There is no single demographic in the cannabis world. Our readers are varying ages, both male and female and come from all walks of life therefore your angle and topic options are wide open.

We are primarily looking for non-fiction submissions, i.e. news and lifestyle articles relevant to the cannabis industry.  This would include articles covering:

  • Legislation
  • Legalization
  • Medical and recreational use
  • Dispensary news
  • Cannabis cooking
  • Health related benefits
  • Growing tips and stories
  • Cannabis Events
  • Q & A style interviews…and so on

All submissions must be “web ready”, i.e. includes relevant key words/phrases for SEO and adhere to the formatting guidelines outlined here.

If you are unsure whether your manuscript is right for Tokers Times, just drop us a line and pitch your idea. It’s that easy!

Tokers Times will also consider relevant, on-topic, original photography and/or artwork. See file type/size information before submitting.

We do not pay for submissions of fiction — including poetry, at this time.

Our Golden Rules Of Content…

Good Content Is:

  • Dynamic
  • Interesting
  • Valuable
  • Proposes points supported by valid examples
  • Contains appropriate key words/phrases (including in your title) for SEO
  • Has a minimum of two (2) outside “authority links” or co-citation
  • Has at least one (1) link to another relevant article on our site
  • Professionally presented without errors
  • Visually easy to skim and read by breaking up sections with headers, fonts, and images
  • Includes images and/or other graphics
  • Engaging  and “share” worthy

Good content ALWAYS cites credible sources and brings something new to the table; even if it is just a new angle to an old topic. Keep it relevant, not random. Make it catchy, not kitschy.

Images/graphics should be complimentary to your article in both tone and quantity and ALWAYS give a proper “credit”. Images MUST be free of any copyright infringement.

Bad Content Is:

  • Boring
  • Has no beginning, middle and end
  • Makes no point
  • Has no valid or credible sources
  • Has no appropriate key words/phrases (including in your title) for SEO
  • Has no outside “authority” links or co-citation
  • Has no links to any other relevant Tokers Timescontent
  • Full of typos and grammatical errors
  • Does not include images and/or other graphics too anchor their text
  • A wall of overwhelming text
  • Does not encourage engagement or sharing

Bad content ALWAYS turns the reader off and away from the page/website or puts them to sleep; it does not garner loyal readership or deeper click through. Unauthorized use of copyright images/graphics is illegal and ALWAYS unacceptable.

Please see our “Writer’s Resources” page for help with research tools, proper link usage and determining what and how to use relevant and appropriate key words and phrases appropriately.

Formatting For Success (Yours and Ours)…

Writing for online publications is different than writing a book with chapters. Readers these days do a lot of skimming. In order to garner more reading and deeper site click-through we specifically ask that you adhere to our format.

When writing for Tokers Times, think of magazine articles and how they look on a page. Each piece has sections, headers, sub-headers, bullet points, images and more.

These are the attributes to a well formatted article; these are the makings of an easy on the eyes and enjoyable read.

NOTE: These “Submission Guidelines” were written with our format in mind in order to present you with an example of the formatting we expect if you want your manuscript to be considered. The only thing missing in this example is the inclusion of graphics/images.

If we receive a piece that comes to us with a title and nothing but a wall of text or those that have no complimentary graphics/images, we will not review it; this means we will never know how wonderful your article may have been.

Wouldn’t you rather do it right?

How-to Submit To Tokers Times…

At this time, Tokers Times only accepts electronic e-mail submissions that have your manuscript attached in a Word file or via Google docs.

  • Do not fax or postal mail manuscripts
  • Do not copy and paste manuscript into the body of an email

Please only submit polished, professional manuscripts that are free of typos and grammatical errors. Although Tokers Times reserves the right to edit your manuscript for style, length and substance — including your article’s title, our editors are not here to do your job as a writer.

Tokers Times will not accept manuscripts that promote a product; whether by way of content or by way of affiliate links embedded in the manuscript unless it has been pre-approved by us. If you are looking for advertising opportunities, check here.

ALL submissions that catch our interest will be run through Copyscape to check for plagiarism. Any writer caught submitting plagiarized content will forfeit any further relationship with Tokers Times and could face legal action by the contents owner.

When e-mailing your submission, please fill out the e-mail’s “subject” line as follows…

“ARTICLE TITLE — WORD COUNT — FIRST INITIAL AND LAST NAME”

*If your piece is genuinely time sensitive, please note that in the subject line by adding “TIMELY” before your title. If we receive submissions that say, “timely” that are not timely, we will decline further submissions — without review, from those writers who abuse this.

The body of your e-mail is your cover letter. Describe your article and any research you will do for it. Please include any writing credits and any relevant writing and/or real-life experience you have related to your topic. Be sure to let us know if you are an “expert” on your topic and provide accurate credentials as such.

Do NOT forget to include your real name, a valid phone number and your PayPal address. This is the writer’s responsibility. Tokers Times is NOT responsible for payment for submissions that do not provide this information.

If you wish to write anonymously – using a pseudonym, you must still provide Tokers Times your legal name for our records and accounting as well as the pseudonym you wish to write under.

How We Pay Our Writers…

We pay a per-word rate based on the writer’s experience; publishing credits, topic related experience (are a credentialed expert?), relevance, timeliness and over-all quality of work.

If Tokers Times is interested in publishing your manuscript, we will offer you a rate of no less than $0.02 per-word. This is our base rate and will only go up from there (your title and byline do NOT count towards your word count).

At this time, all accepted material is paid “on acceptance” within 5 business days of approval — via PAYPAL, after all requested edits have been made and approved (M-F and does not include weekends or holidays).

There are no exceptions.

If you do not have PayPal, you will need to set-up an account before writing for Tokers Times.

Acknowledgement Of Guidelines…

By submitting your work to Tokers Times, you acknowledge you have read and agree to these guidelines and to our payment terms.

Thanks again for your interest in writing for us. We look forward to your submission!

Guidelines created by, Cheri Speak Media

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