Editorial Guidelines to CAPS Blogs

Do you want to be published on Fool.com? Here's what we're looking for.

You're a CAPS blogger with keen investment and analysis skills. We're a motley collection of writers who are always looking for new and interesting perspectives. Let's talk about what would make this a beautiful friendship -- and get you published on Fool.com under your very own byline.

(You can learn more about how to blog with CAPS by going here.)

What's in it for you?
As mentioned above, if you submit your article and we like it, we'll publish it on Fool.com under your very own byline. If we publish more than one, and they perform well, we'll consider bringing you on as a freelance writer -- which pays by the article.

Did you notice that bit about keen analysis?
We aren't a news service, so we need to do more than report the facts -- we need to explain what those facts mean and why it matters to the reader.

In other words, we want your views on the market, on the economy, on the news, on a particular investment strategy, or on a stock, ETF, or mutual fund.

But we also want those views to be backed up with accurate, trustworthy sources and strong argument. Every article should be fair, timely, and pertinent to our readers.

(If you're referring to anything outside your own brain and the movement of the market itself, please include sources at the end of the post. Sources must be publicly available; URLs are preferred.)

Focus, focus, focus
Our readers like to get to the point -- which means every submission should focus on one major point and really argue or explain it rather than covering too many things at once. If you've got more to say, we'd love to see you write another post.

Foolish tone and tight writing
We don't exactly sound like Wall Street around here. We like being real people having real conversations -- and that means we aren't interested in your writing being "formal." Your personality should shine right on through.

We also, though, want everything we publish to sound professional. That means we want to see writing that is tight and well-edited along with that Foolish tone. We tend toward shorter sentences and short paragraphs.

Topics
Sharing information that leads to better investing decisions is what we're all about, so we like you to talk about stocks.

Every submission should include a reference to at least one public (and major-exchange-traded) company. If you are able to talk about more than one company, that's a bonus -- so long as your argument stays tight and focused.

While stocks and investing touch on all kinds of topics, you're more likely to get published if you stay away from politics and pop culture and focus on investing.

Specifics
Articles between 350 and 800 words hit our sweet spot. We believe in transparency, so you must disclose, at the end of the post, whether you have any ownership stake in any of the companies you talk about.

The requisite legal terms
All submissions are reviewed and published at The Motley Fool's discretion. We won't publish submissions that are trying to market or sell a product, and we won't publish submissions that aren't backed up with facts and sources.

We also won't publish articles that include profanity, personal attacks, or discriminatory comments.

We reserve the right to edit your submission to conform to our professional standards of writing and format.

By submitting an article, you expressly agree to the following:

  1. You are at least 18 years old or otherwise have first obtained your parents or guardians' written permission before submitting any content.   
  2. By posting or submitting your blog/article you are giving us the right to display, publish, modify, sublicense, distribute and syndicate your content (in its entirety or a portion thereof, or in the form of a derivative or adapted work) in all media now known and later come into being, without payment to you or any third party.
  3. You represent that with respect to any and all submissions: a) you have the full legal right to use and authorize us to use any content included in a submission; b) the submission is original and does not in any way infringe upon any intellectual property right (or rights) of any third party; and c) does not cause any injury to any third party.
  4. You consent to us using your name in connection with displaying and distributing your submission.

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