5 steps to follow to write for The Alternative

Thank you for your interest in writing for The Alternative. If you haven’t already, do take a look at our Write for us page that outlines our Engagement model and provides you a list of relevant resources. We have outlined a step-by-step process below to get your story published on The Alternative. If you have […]


Thank you for your interest in writing for The Alternative. If you haven’t already, do take a look at our Write for us page that outlines our Engagement model and provides you a list of relevant resources. We have outlined a step-by-step process below to get your story published on The Alternative.

If you have a Story idea

If you have a story idea, please fill out the story pitch form and we’ll get back to you with the suitability of the idea and suggestions. Once the idea is approved, you can send us the story submission with pictures.

If you have a story submission

1. If this is your first content submission on The Alternative, tell us a bit about yourself. 

2. Mail your article strictly in .doc/.docx format to contribute@thealternative.in.

3. Put your pictures up in a picasa/flickr album, caption them appropriately and share it with us. Please don’t email pictures/videos as attachments in huge email sizes. And please don’t embed pictures in your word document. We accept only copyright free images. What will help are original images shot by you/a friend that you can use with appropriate credits. You can also search for Relevant pictures on www.creativecommons.org under the license “Use for commercial purposes”. Send us the picture with the name, URL of the photographer’s flickr/g+ album. If they are standard objects, equipment, monuments etc, you can send us the link to Wikipedia images. We do not accept watermarked (with personal signature or logo) or time stamped pictures.

We will not accept Copyright protected images, images from other magazines or newspapers, images of disconnected people, places or situations, low-resolution images and Images with watermarks, dates and times marked on them. In case you are particular about a kind of image but unsure how to go about it, mail us your requirements along with your article and we could help you on the same.

4. Your bio and picture – also in the picasa album – at least a resolution of 600*400. Keep your bio to about 4-5 lines and preferably light. No passport photos for your bio please.

5. If the story is breaking news or top priority, please indicate timeline urgency in the subject of the email, so we could get back to you and publish it in the next 24 hours.

While it is true that ‘Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so, it will help us both save time if you submitted content that we could take a shot at publishing. So before sending us the content, take a look at our tips and resources section to ensure that your copy is error free and is inline with our notion of style and appropriateness.

Once you have sent us the submission, we will get back to you within 7 days on your submission, with comments and suggestions. If your piece is good to go, the editor will get back to you with a tentative publishing date. From start to finish, your story, if accepted, will be published within 7 days of you submitting the final draft. Once your story is published, you will get an email with the link and other details.

Our Writer Engagement Model

Our regular contributors are our prized assets. The more you commit to write for TA, the more will you be rewarded – be it in the way we promote your articles, provide you with opportunities to further your writing career or remunerate for your work, you will always have that edge. Look through the details of our Writer Engagement Model to understand how we work with our contributors.


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