Fast Company accepts limited outside contributions from industry professionals.
The process is selective, however, and all articles are subject to editing. Headlines and subheads are subject to change, content may be edited for style or substance, links may be added for context, and art will be added at the discretion of the Fast Company staff. Articles may or may not be promoted across Fast Company's family of sites, on our homepage, in our newsletters, and via our social feeds.
The following guidelines may help increase your chances that your article is accepted for publication:
Articles submitted for consideration should be of interest to Fast Company's readership, have a tone that is appropriate for Fast Company, and be written by a person, not a PR department. We like articles that introduce new ideas and advance conversation around topics and trends that engage our readers--think op-ed rather than marketing. We appreciate lively, polished writing that balances research or news with fun and memorable anecdotes or examples that help illustrate your point of view.
While we encourage drawing from your own experiences in business to support your ideas, over-the-top self promotion of yourself or your company lessens the chance we will publish your article.
Typically, contributed articles are 1,000 words or less. We do not pay for contributed/thought leadership/op-ed style pieces, but if they're engaging to read and useful to our audience, we will energetically promote them, just like any other story that runs on our site.
Fast Company requests that contributed articles remain exclusive to our site for 24 hours, after which time they may be reprinted in part or full on other sites, with a link back to the original article on Fast Company. To repurpose or use Fast Company articles for business purposes, please contact Fast Company reprints. Occasionally, we will syndicate an article that has already run on another website, but typically we would rather print original and exclusive content.
Fast Company prefers submissions from contributors who are leaders in and knowledgeable about the types of industries and topics the publication regularly covers. Please see our About Us page for more information about the types of industries and topics we cover. Leadership-related topics like productivity, creativity, career development, culture, strategy, and innovation are particularly popular with our readers, especially if there is a salient takeaway for other business professionals. Fresh ideas touching on the intersection of technology and branding, marketing, and social media also do well.
To get an idea of the types of pieces Fast Company wants to print, please read "How To Write Thought-Leadership PIeces That Get Published And Don't Make Editors Want To Die," and then check out the articles in the sidebar, "Contributed Content Done Right."
If Fast Company is interested in a contributed article, turnaround time is typically a few days. Please send either completed articles or ideas for articles you want to write for FastCompany.com to editor Kate Davis at Kate@fastcompany.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think your article is best suited for Co.Design, Co.Exist, Co.Create, or Co.Labs, please consult our masthead and send your idea or completed article to the appropriate editor for consideration. If you feel your email has not been received, please check back in once; after that, it's safe to assume that it was not the right fit for Fast Company.
Contributed articles run online; the print magazine is almost exclusively written by staff or by professional journalists who contribute regularly to the magazine.