The Relationship Blogger is a quickly growing relationships, dating and advice platform based in the UK. It is owned and operated by Raymond Baxter. Hosted at therelationshipblogger.com,this site seeks to expand the insight it offers by hosting new and diverse voices on the topics of love, sex, relationships, dating and mental health. All perspectives are welcome.

Our Mission

The mission of The Relationship Blogger (TRB) as a publication is to offer payment to all contributors. At its launch, TRB will be unable to compensate writers. As the site continues to grow, an opt-in pot will be established based on site revenues. Contributors will be invited to invoice each month for an equal portion of pay per published piece. Syndicated contributors will receive a syndication bonus (see below).

What We Are Seeking

TRB looks forward to expanding the conversation on relationships and mental health. We are currently seeking weekly and monthly columnists to provide personal essays, research-based articles, interviews, product reviews, fiction, poetry and vlogs (or a combination thereof–pitch your idea!). We also seek advertisers and volunteer editors. We request all writing be within the 1200-2000 word range.

Upcoming themes reflect relationships, mental health and their intersection. Themes can be used as suggestions; work need not strictly conform. They include:

April: youth, new love, relationship maintenance, mood/desire

May: parenting (single and co), negotiation, affection, love language

June: self-love, parenting (single and co), dis/ability, gender roles

Of special interest are diverse voices representing survivorship, LGBTQIA+ issues, male-identified voices, gender transition and people of color. We recognize that TRB needs to grow in these areas for broader conversations to take place.

What We Are Asking

TRB claims first digital rights, first anthology rights, and exclusive content rights for 30-90 days (specified upon acceptance) after which writers can republish elsewhere. Alternatively, TRB claims all rights to syndicated pieces. As compensation, syndicated columnists who have published at least 6 pieces over 3 months will be paid a quarterly syndication bonus based on their republished article earnings.

How to Submit

Please pitch or submit your original, completed pieces in the body of an email to Editor-in-Chief Shawna Ayoub Ainslie. Email submissions@therelationshipblogger.com or use the contact form below. Be sure to include a subject heading clarifying your query. Example: “Personal Essay on New Love for April Issue.” Include a pitch, brief third person bio with social media links, and any images with sources you would like to include with your article.

If you have an idea for a column, submit one completed piece and pitch followup ideas. Submissions should be error free. Writers can expect a collaborative editing process. Contributors must clearly indicate whether or not they wish syndication for their submission. Allow four weeks for response. Simultaneous submissions welcome.

We Want to Work with You!

Is all this nitty gritty intimidating? Don’t worry. Submit.

Sincerely,

Raymond Baxter, TRB Owner

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, TRB Editor-in-Chief

We are looking for submissions
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Shawna Ayoub Ainslie is a mental wellness advocate and writing coach in Bloomington, IN. Her work has recently appeared in Role Reboot, The Manifest-Station, Huffington Post and On the Verge Magazine. You can find her most regularly on The Honeyed Quill.

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