I welcome posts about love stories (from breakups to happily-ever-after) and other guest posts that fit the scope of this blog. Read on for guidelines for all guest posts as well as specific guidelines for each type of guest post.
I read every submission — and look forward to receiving yours!
Guidelines for EVERY guest post
Here my essential guidelines for all guest post types:
- Original content only. I only run unique content. In other words, your post must not have been published elsewhere.
- Length. Posts must be at least 250 words long and no more than 4,000 words long. Essentially, as long as it takes you to tell your story or make your point.
- Editing. As this is an international blog, I don’t expect perfect English for submissions and may edit posts before publishing them. I only require that what you write makes sense, and is something that would interest readers of Speaking of China.
- Style. I encourage people to get creative with your posts. I’m open to interviews, personal essays, love letters and even poems.
- Images. I welcome your photos/graphics/images (rights-cleared only) to accompany your submissions.
- Byline. If I publish your story, I will credit you with a byline that includes a one-line bio and links to website(s) and/or social media account(s) of your choice. Please provide me with your preferred byline and link(s) when you submit. Also if you don’t have a link (or links) or want any links in your byline, that’s OK. (If you don’t know what a byline is, here’s mine as an example: Jocelyn Eikenburg writes about love, family and relationships in China and AMWF love at Speaking of China and resides in Hangzhou, China.)
- Pitches. If you’re not sure your guest post fits within the scope of my blog, you’re welcome to pitch me your ideas ahead of time before writing.
- Response. I often respond quickly to guest post submissions — within one or two days. However, I’m human and sometimes things happen (like vacations or unexpected events) that make me get behind in blogging. So please, wait one week before e-mailing me about your submission.
- Scheduling. I generally schedule guest posts on the earliest possible Friday slot available, but can make exceptions for timely topics.
- Disclaimer. To maintain the quality and integrity of Speaking of China, I reserve the right to refuse submissions for any reason.
Guidelines for love stories
Have a story about Western women and Chinese men in love — or out of love? I want to hear from you!
I have three columns devoted exclusively to love stories:
Double Happiness (Stories of falling in love, weddings, marriage and more): How did you meet? Why do you love each other? We want answers from married and nonmarried couples of Chinese men and Western women.
Not in a couple? Not a problem — tell me this then: why do you love Chinese men or Western women?
Yin-Yang (Stories of finding balance in cross-cultural relationships): How do married and nonmarried couples of Chinese men and Western women “make it work,” and balance their differences in harmony? How do two different people “complete each other” in unexpected ways?
Fenshou (Stories of love lost): Did you ever love someone, only to find that love wasn’t returned? Or did you love someone, only to lose them? Chinese men and Western women, we want your stories of love that didn’t work out. (Feel free to change names and places to protect identities.)
Guidelines for other guest posts (everything but love stories)
Pretty simple, really. The topic of your post must fit within the scope of this blog. In other words, it should relate to at least one (or more) of the following:
- love, dating, family and/or relationships in China (including cross-cultural relationships)
- AMWF (Asian male, Western female) relationships
- Asian/non-Asian interracial dating (including stereotypes and racism as well as dating advice)
Need inspiration? Read these selected guest posts I’ve already published:
- Are interracial couples of Asian men & Western women really that rare? A field report from Hong Kong
- Three Words from a Chinese Father
- Why limit yourself? Logan Lo shares his interracial dating story
- Divorcing Your Chinese Spouse Doesn’t Mean You Must Divorce China
- Ask the Yangxifu: Language Barriers in Love
- Ask the Yangxifu: Chinese-American Woman Seeking Boyfriend/Husband in China
Submit your guest post now
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