OHF Weekly (Our Human Family Weekly) is a production of Our Human Family, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with the vision to foster conversations about achieving equality. Our goal is to unite the world by dispelling the lie of race and the practice of racism and replacing them with the truth of love and racial equity.
Articles published in OHF Weekly fall under this vision of racial equity, with well-written, fresh, lively, and human-centered creative nonfiction stories that give our readers a deeper understanding of the myriad manifestations of the human spirit.
To submit a draft to us for possible publication, follow these rubrics:
- If this is your first submission, send us a submission packet.
- Write smart, engaging personal narratives.
- Submit new work—previously unpublished elsewhere.
- Follow our guidelines for style and submission.
OHF Weekly writers are intentional in their message, careful in their craft, and have a public record of support for racial equity. We strongly prefer writers with an active Twitter account, as we use Twitter as a primary channel of social media engagement.
Our writers share their first-hand experiences and musings as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ community, People with Disabilities, or their allies, and include all who recognize and uplift the inherent humanity and equality of all human beings regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religious affiliation or lack thereof.
Submissions should have a point of view that supports marginalized people or that explores your personal journey out of a dominant-culture-biased worldview and offers insight to others who want to do the same.
Because of our non-profit status, we can neither accept nor publish works that support or oppose a political campaign or candidate.
The Submission Process
First, Your Submission Packet
First-time writers must submit a submission packet before sending us a draft. We may, at our option, ask current writers to send us a pitch rather than a drafted article as well. Each item requested for your submission packet helps us better understand you and determine if your story is a good fit for OHF Weekly.
- Name Tell us your first and last name.
- Bio Tell us about you. Who are the people and what are events that shaped you into the person you are today? What is it about your point of view that makes you credible on the subject of racial equity?
- Pitch Send us a fifty- to one-hundred-word summary of your proposed article in narrative or outline form.
- Samples Link to three writing examples that showcase why you would be an integral addition to our writing team. If you do not have live links, include a PDF of your work.
- Social Link to or include a headshot. Link to your Twitter account. If you are active on Facebook or Instagram, include those links as well.
We’ll use the email address you send us your submission packet from as your contact email. Also include a telephone number and hours available if you can accept phone calls from us—it saves time if we can call you when a question arises about your pitch or future articles.
First-time writers, send your submission packet to firstname.lastname@example.org with Submissions in the subject line.
We’ll review your submission packet and get back to you within five business days. If we accept your submission packet, we’ll notify you and add you as a writer to our site.
Congrats! You’re ready to move on to the next step: writing and submitting your draft.
After we have approved your pitch, you’re ready to write your draft. Remember that we publish only original works—if your piece appeared elsewhere, or is substantially the same as a previously written piece, we need to know.
We value the well-written article. We look not only to the passion but also to the craft. Here’s what we are looking for in the structure of your draft:
Style and format Follow The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) as a guide.
- Title case for the title of your article and any in-article headings.
- Bold and italic used sparingly. Do not use bold and italic together on the same word or phrase.
- Do not italicize long passages.
- Use pull quotes for short quotes pulled from within the article.
- Use block quotes for long quotes (more than ten words) from another source and include the link to the original source, and include the name of the person and the title of the work. We always check.
- Avoid writing paragraphs longer than 125 words as long paragraphs are difficult to read on mobile devices.
- Certain word forms are important to get right. We capitalize “Black” and “Indigenous” when referring to people. When we use an identity term we attach it to a person, such as “Black lawyer” or “gay politician,” and never “the whites” or “the gays” and so on, so as not to objectify people. We use “enslavement” and “enslaved people and not “slavery” and “slaves.” We do not want “trauma porn,” so we do not use words and images that trigger traumatic or painful emotions. We do not use derogatory terms for anyone.
Length (word count) Articles should contain from 1,200-1,600 words. If your submission is longer than 1,600 words, we might ask you to cut sections. However, we have published longer pieces and will continue to do so if the work merits it.
Images Submit a relevant main image with your article. While we might replace your image with our own, by including a main image you help us understand important themes in your article.
Use either use public domain images or mages from sites that allow free use, including Wikimedia Commons, Unsplash.com, Pexels.com, and Pixabay.com. Images should be around 1200-1980 px on the longest side. We cannot use images that require any form of compensation or payment.
Main images should be bright and colorful. Orientation (tall or wide) is not critical, but the center of an image should contain the most important element.
Attribution Always include the name of the photographer, where you found it, and link to the source. We always check to confirm the rights.
Tags Choose two to four tags to help categorize your submission and place them at the end of your draft. Our readers can use these tags to find related stories within OHF Weekly. Our marketing team also uses these tags in our social media campaigns.
In-story links Link to data, quoted articles, or supplemental information as necessary, but use as few links as possible, and link as few of the words in a phrase as possible.
Submitting Your Draft
Do not send us unsolicited submissions if you have not been accepted by us as a writer. First send us a submissions packet. (See above for details.)
Before you send us your submission, take a step back, breathe, and then double-check it for clarity and accuracy. Run spell check on it. Run it through a grammar-checking program such as Grammarly or Hemingway.
Send your email to email@example.com with Submissions in the subject line. Include the story as a Word.doc attachment.
We’ll review your draft and get back to you within TWO business days. Our response will include the next steps on how to work with us during the editing process.
Our Editing Process
OHF Weekly publishes articles that are engaging, well-written, lively, and personal. This doesn’t happen by chance, and it takes the combined efforts of writers and editors.
Our editors will work with you to make your submission shine. The goal is to have the best possible writing on our site, so we will work with you to revise your writing as needed to bring it out to its most lively and freshest existence. You will always be given a chance to review our edits (unless you grant us permission to edit without confirmation).
We’ll explain the editing process to you in your confirmation email. We look forward to receiving your submission packet.
—The OHF Weekly Editors