Blog Guidelines

Here are some tips for writing a post for Catalyzing:

  • Length should be between 800 and 1000 words (max!)

  • Our best posts have been brief, personal, compelling, and jargon-free.

  • Tell us a story! Use the same tone—familiar, engaging, colloquial—that you would use if you were emailing your best friend.

  • If your topic is likely to be unfamiliar to a general audience, try to explain it succinctly, as if you were describing it to a teenager rather than a team of industry professionals.

  • Avoid generalizations and include personal examples whenever possible. Instead of, “Relying on gender-based assumptions about girls and boys contributes to inequity” try, “My mother was brilliant at math, but she was never encouraged to pursue it.”

  • Draw the reader in by stating the topic of your post in a couple of introductory sentences. Brief, provocative questions often work well, e.g., “Ever wonder why there are so few women neurosurgeons?”

  • Once you’ve established the topic and main idea of your post, you can make your supporting arguments in the main portion of the post. Then add a 1-2-sentence conclusion, e.g., “The further you push yourself, the higher you’ll go!” Try to close with a declarative statement.

Please note that we cannot publish your work until you provide us with the following:

  • A draft of your post by the agreed-upon date.

  • A headshot (any standard jpeg image is fine; we’ll take care of formatting it for our purposes).

  • A brief bio (3 sentences or less) including any relevant links (e.g., to your LinkedIn or Twitter account).

  • Register first on our site in order to access the blogger agreement; then, please fill out and submit the online Article Author Agreement

Catalyst does not publish content that has been published previously somewhere else, including on personal blogs and websites. Catalyst will allow content published on our site to be published in other places, provided that those versions state that the work was previously published on Catalyst.org.

Catalyst does not provide monetary compensation for articles.

Catalyst reserves the right to edit all content. You may not see these changes prior to publication. While it’s possible to do so, Catalyst generally won’t make changes to finalized text or published posts unless they contain errors of fact, grammar, or punctuation. There is no specific timeline with which you should expect your work to be published. Catalyst may schedule an article to be published weeks or even months from the time it is submitted for our own reasons. You can expect to be made aware of when we expect to publish and to be notified if we decide to alter that publication date.

We will share your post across all social media channels. We encourage you to do the same!

For inquiries contact Catalyst’s blog manager, Risa Pappas.