Many thanks for your interest in writing for Beat’s website and our social media channels.
We are very grateful for your help, as we find that personal stories can be of great benefit to others in their recovery journey from eating disorders, helping to remove the stigma and loneliness that frequently accompany them.
Writing your blog
Who can write a blog?
If you are, or have been, affected by an eating disorder – yours or that of someone you know – you’re welcome to submit a post.
What should I write about?
We want our blog to be a positive space, encouraging recovery, helping people feel less alone, and tackling stigma and misunderstanding. We encourage you to write what’s important to you, but remember you are writing for an audience and consider what would be helpful for them to hear, too.
What should I avoid?
Some things can be triggering to those suffering. Please avoid mentioning:
Please avoid graphic or in-depth descriptions of other things readers may find distressing, such as self-harm.
Why might you not publish a blog?
If your blog contains minor mentions of the above things, we’ll remove them, but cannot publish blogs that contain lots of triggering content or that we don’t feel will benefit readers. We are also unlikely to publish your blog if it’s significantly below or above the advised word count (below).
How long should my blog be?
Please aim for between 500 and 1500 words. If your blog is much longer than this, you could consider writing multiple blogs, though in the interest of fairness we can’t publish them back to back.
Can I write a blog for a particular day/event?
If you’d like your blog posted for a particular date, please send it as far in advance as possible with a clear document title (e.g. “Blog for New Year”). We’ll do our best to fulfil your request, though can’t guarantee it, especially at busy times.
Can I send creative writing?
We’re happy to consider publishing creative writing that’s in keeping with our guidelines. (We understand poetry may be shorter than 500 words.)
Can you share something I’ve already posted elsewhere?
For SEO purposes, we ask that everything we post is original.
I’ve submitted a blog before – can I send another one?
We’re happy to publish multiple blogs from one person, but won’t publish one writer’s blogs back to back and don’t have regular “guest spots”.
Submitting your blog
What should I send?
Please send your blog, including your preferred title, as a Word document or Rich Text document, using the form opposite. We may not be able to open attachments in other formats. You can include how you’d like to be identified and anything else you’d like us to know in the same document.
If you’re including pictures, these should be landscape rather than portrait. Please attach them as high-quality JPGs or PNGs of at least 1200px by x 630px/10cm x 5cm.
Do I have to include a picture?
You don’t have to. But remember you don’t have to use a picture of yourself – you could use a picture that is significant in some other way. If the picture is not yours, please check you’re allowed to use it.
Certain images can be triggering. Please avoid images that feature prominent bones or very thin limbs. If you’re not sure about a picture, let us know.
Can I stay anonymous?
Yes – we usually identify contributors by first name, but can identify you as “anonymous”.
Will you edit my blog?
We read all blogs fully and proofread for spelling, grammar, and general readability. We may make minor edits if there are issues with our guidelines, e.g. removing mentions of specific weights. If we’d like to publish your blog but feel significant changes are necessary, we’ll contact you to discuss this.
Why haven’t I heard back about my blog?
We’re really grateful to everyone who sends blogs. However, we receive a very high volume of submissions, and as a small and busy team we unfortunately don’t have capacity to respond to everybody. There may also be longer delays in responding around particularly busy times, such as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Can you take my blog down?
We know writing about your experiences is very personal and if you’re no longer comfortable to have your blog online we can take it down or anonymise it. However, please be aware deleted blogs may take time to clear from search engine results.
If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read through our writing guidelines? Submit your blog below.