Submission Criteria

If you’ve been affected by a sudden cardiac arrest and have something relevant to say we’d happily consider it for publishing on our blog.  Sudden cardiac arrests are not that widely known and are often confused with a heart attack and so we’re keen on getting perspectives from all angles.

If you’d like to share your relevant story or have knowledge in a particular area you’d like to share then please contact us.

Compelling

You don’t have to be Shakespeare or Wordsworth to contribute, write it from the heart and create a compelling read, Here are some tips to help you on your way…

  • Length: Between 300 and 800 words is ideal or up to 1000 words if you really need it.
  • Share your voice: Especially for personal stories, express your ideas as you would to a good friend, including your struggles and inspirations along the way. If you have discovered a new perspective, we want to know.
  • Coming up with a title: Think of what would grab the reader and make them curious. Let them know about a problem you are solving, a way to improve their life, or something new that you have discovered.
  • First paragraph: Your first sentence should make the reader want to know more. A strong first paragraph gives a clear and engaging idea of what the post will talk about, or what the reader will learn.
  • Make your point: If a few words can get to the heart of what you’re conveying, then you don’t need more. One detailed example is also often better than a long list of them.
  • Images: A picture can speak 1000 words, but please make sure they are your own or copyright free. We can provide images if need be, but personalising it with your own is much better.
  • Make it accessible: Use accessible language that even readers new to your topic can understand. We can help modify content, title and pictures if needed.
  • Backing it up: When you mention a statistic or a research study, (even “research states”) please add a link to that source. These sources can range from news outlets to academic journals etc. This allows readers to learn more if they want to get deeper into the topic.
  • Make it interesting: Don’t just catalogue a series of events, add feeling and emotion to help readers understand what was happening and how you were reacting

Topics

We’re after articles on all sorts of related topics. Your SCA story, be it as a survivor, partner, lifesaver, allied health professional or any other person who has been affected by a sudden cardiac arrest will be of interest to us, and almost certainly many others in our community.

  • Life post-SCA – what has your experience been like?
  • Practical issues – real-life experiences of how you’ve coped
  • Living with an ICD – a pain or a great insurance policy?
  • Your saviours – tell about what it was like to meet them
  • Sports – have a sport that you’re passionate about and have you managed to continue it post SCA or have you taken up something new?
  • Under 35? – Many incorrectly assume that an SCA is a heart attack and only happens to older people. We know it doesn’t and so it would be good help educate others
  • Treatments – have you had any new or unusual treatments post SCA?
  • Positive thinking/role models – what positive things have helped your recovery
  • Moving on – being “cured”?  What have you done to help you move on from the SCA experience?
  • Government -Have you had any notable experiences when dealing with government services?  i.e. DVLA, Department for Work & Pensions

We’re particularly interested in articles from young persons, sportspeople and ladies who have gone through a pregnancy since having an SCA.

Format

Ideally, articles should be submitted in electronic format i.e. Word, PDF or Google doc format. At a push, we’ll take handwritten or typed content.

Any images should be of a high resolution, and be aware that we may need to edit or crop as required.

Book

In 2018 and 2020 the best of the blog were published compilations as e-books and paperbacks and are available from Amazon. They have got great feedback and have over thirty 5* reviews!

If we have enough suitable articles we may create a further volume and if you submit an article you may get to be a published author!

All proceeds from the sales go to help run SCA UK.

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