Write for Mysterious Heartland | OUTDATED

Do you have an interesting story, article, photo, or video that you would like to see published on Mysterious Heartland? Did you grow up in a haunted house? Do you know of a haunted location that we haven’t covered? Please send us your story! Make sure to include your full name or a moniker if you prefer to remain anonymous. Write in full sentences and include plenty of details (where, when, what, etc.). Please limit your article to 800 words or less and send pictures if you have them.

What we are looking for:

  • In general, anything pertaining to the unusual or mysterious in the Midwestern United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
  • True personal stories about encounters with ghosts, unusual creatures, or UFOs.
  • Factual articles about haunted places, UFO sightings, true crime, unusual history, unsolved mysteries, roadside oddities, or strange creatures.
  • Photos or video of ghosts (no orbs please), UFOs, strange creatures, or abandoned places.
  • Book or movie reviews (books and movies should pertain to the general topic of this website).

Guidelines. Following these simple guidelines will increase your chances of being published (you will also be loved by our editor)

  • Attach your story or article to your email as a Microsoft Word or text document.
  • Begin each paragraph on a new line (‘hard return’) rather than by using the Tab key.
  • Use only one space between sentences.
  • Punctuation almost always appears inside quotation marks. For example: “Duck!” “Are you going to the store?” “Bill caught the ball, not Joe.”
  • Dates should be formatted like this: January 1, 2012
  • Use an Oxford comma in your lists. For example: He bought eggs, bacon, and sausage.
  • For time, use lowercase a.m. and p.m. and use periods. For example: 3:15 a.m.
  • Do not use periods for acronyms over two letters. For example: FBI not F.B.I.

Send your stories to: mysteriousheartland@blackoakmedia.org

Plagiarism will not be tolerated – if you are caught plagiarizing, your content will be removed and no further submissions will be accepted.

Events: Do you know of or are you planning an upcoming event related to ghost stories or the paranormal in Illinois? Send us an e-mail with the details and we may promote it on this website!


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