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Contribute a Guest Blog

The 1871 Blog is where startups, techies, and business professionals  – in Chicago and beyond – get news and insights into the innovation ecosystem.

All guest blogs are widely promoted across 1871’s social media channels and email, with a reach of 100,000+. Our readership includes our member community, Chicago’s tech and entrepreneur ecosystem, media representatives, national interest groups, and even international readers, and we’re excited to help you tap into this audience.

To ensure that our content is of the highest quality, we’ve created a series of guidelines for contributed content:


Editorial Requirements

  • Length: Blogs should be approx. 600-800 words.
  • Proofreading: Submissions must be free from glaring typos or errors.
  • Sources: If you use a statistic, quote, study, photo, or video from another source, you must cite and/or link to them in your article.
  • Format: All blogs must include a (1) title and (2) short introduction.
  • Exclusivity: To be considered for the 1871 Blog, submissions cannot have been posted elsewhere, and cannot be reposted elsewhere in the future if accepted.


Content Guidelines

  • Write to educate, inspire, or provide insight on industry trends, best practices, or tech/business philosophy. Articles with actionable takeaways are the most effective!
  • Consider our audience, which includes entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and Chicago’s innovation ecosystem. All blogs must be valuable for this audience. Please also write in an easily understandable manner, sans industry jargon and buzzwords.
  • Refrain from advertising. Mentioning your company, brand, or product in order to highlight your expertise is acceptable, but excessive self-promotion or backlinking is not. The 1871 Blog is intended to educate, not advertise.
  • Original ideas will receive priority. We encourage you do some light research to ensure that your topic has not already been covered on the 1871 Blog or elsewhere. That said, we do welcome blogs that are well-researched and/or offer a unique perspective or deep expertise — even if the topic is not entirely original.   



  • 1871 reserves the right to make revisions. If we require significant content revisions (as opposed to simple typo edits), we will let you know before publishing.
  • 1871 reserves the right to turn down submissions. We will make every effort to work with you throughout the drafting process, but occasionally, we find that a blog is simply not a good fit. We always welcome you to try again!
  • If your submission is approved, we will schedule it for publication and share the timing with you. If we’ve approved your submission and you prefer it to run on a certain date, please let us know and we’ll try to meet your request.


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