Write For Us

Calling All Writers!

The Muddy Otter is looking for the most talented and relevant writers to write content for us. Do you have awesome skill and love freedom? Then send us some of your stuff.

What we’re looking for:

We’re an online libertarian news magazine published once a week. We prefer views in line with libertarian values, but anything goes. No matter what part of the made up political spectrum you are, as long as you love freedom and liberty, then we want you to write something for us!

We’re not picky on subject matter, though we like relevant and up-to-date articles and information. If you can provide us with news or commentary on anything local, state, national or global, it’s good.

Our main focus is news with views on current events, politics and government.

You can pick out other topics too if you wish, to delve into them deeper. We want to hear from you. Mainline or fringe, it doesn’t matter. Elections, chemtrails, fluoride, Agenda 21, “smart meters,” GMO’s, science, tech, politics, survival, prepping, agriculture, aquaponics/hydroponics, culture, Christianity, faith, the drug war, the police state, economics (especially Austrian/Mises!), investing news, communications, amateur radio, gardening, home schooling, hunting, trapping, astronomy, charity, relocation, homesteading, animals………..

Guidelines

Tolerance

The only thing we won’t tolerate is outright hate and calls for violence, killing or destruction. We’ll decide what is appropriate and let you know if we have an issue we need to discuss further. Think whether it would violate the Constitution.

Compensation

There is no compensation at this time. The site is not generating much revenue yet, but we’d like to look into a small permanent staff in the future, as well as possible payouts. Stay tuned.

Article Length

For current news articles and posts, we prefer at least 300 words, if you’re not wanting to write a full story. Otherwise, we have no limitation on length, though if an article/story is long, we reserve the right to edit for length or to serialize the posting of the story.

Sources and Bibliography

Unless you are offering nothing more than commentary, we would really, really, really appreciate it if you could provide us with as exhaustive a source list as possible, with references/links in the article or story. Not only does this help us verify information, but also gives more street cred to your article and our magazine. As well, it can help others navigate the treacherous waters of the internet, so as to find their own information. We love this!

Take this article over at Infowars for an example of how the author inserted links into the article as reference. You can use the whole link (if you are sourcing material online), after the line/sentence/paragraph you are referring.   http://www.infowars.com/feds-preparing-to-invade-texas/

If you heard it, saw it or read it somewhere, provide information on those sources too: (i.e., a book-its title with page number, and year pub’d, or other relevant details; a radio show with episode number or air date, guests names, or link to show; television with show name, air date, guests, topics, etc.; video online-like Youtube or an UStream broadcast, with link to that video, title, description, etc.)

It doesn’t have to be perfect, but we like to be able to verify information if we haven’t heard about it before, so, if you can, please provide sources.

Oh, and the same goes for quotations too!!

How To Submit Your Work

If you’re ready to send us something, please send it along to us formatted in a .ODF or .Word document to f7b8a4be@opayq.com.

Pictures?

Yes! If you can send just one original photograph or illustration relevant to your story through email as an attachment to your article or in a separate email, please do so. It must be an original work. Please provide information on the photo such as title, where it was taken and by whom (as long as you have permission), and when. OR, if you have a link to a photo that is freely distributive under the Creative Commons, please link to it so we might consider it.

Need ideas?  https://search.creativecommons.org/

If a story of yours requires more photographs or illustrations, please contact us about the article beforehand and we can arrange something. Thank you.

Copyright Of Your Work

Under United States law, any person creating content automatically reserves full rights to that content. We respect this, but go around any legal issues by having you extend those rights to us under the Creative Commons (click here for more). By using Creative Commons, you retain the rights for your original work, yet we reserve rights to edit and publish those articles you provide to us without additional compensation. We use a Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International  license.

How does it work?:

1. You create the content.

2. Send it to us for consideration and editing. (Note: You own the original copyright. Once edited, you still own that edited work, except now we assemble it under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.)

3. Under that CC license, we are able to then publish your edited work, with attribution to you, freely to the public.

It is essentially the same process, except with more protections and motility, as sending in a letter to the editor at a newspaper. No complication and no fuss.

Website Copyright

The Muddy Otter website is completely and fully copyrighted to the editor, Sam Ludtman and SLE America Media Group, LLC, with exception to articles attributed to their rightful owners under the Creative Commons license. The Muddy Otter reserves the right to publish and transmit, electronically or otherwise any final and edited works of submitted content we receive.

It is our policy to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA). Find out more about the DMCA here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act

Any DMCA compliance notices shall be sent to us at: f7b8a4be@opayq.com