Odyssey is a publication that accepts articles on pretty much any topic; articles can be about politics, health, science, technology, and pretty much anything else.
The publication boasts over 12 million monthly unique visitors and is considered to be an authoritative publication to be featured on.
Getting published on Odyssey should be quite easy if you follow the steps in this article.
Types of Articles You Can Publish on Odyssey
As I outlined in Module 2 of the Earn Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer course, on how to get published on any publication, the key to getting published lies in giving the publication/blog editor the kind of content he/she cannot resist.
How do you know what kind of content a blog’s editor can’t resist, however? By carefully studying the types of articles (particularly recent articles/guest posts from other authors) that publication has been publishing.
The same principle applies when trying to get published on Odyssey.
At the time of writing this, for example, a careful study of Odyssey shows they prefer to publish content that are either:
- Opinion pieces; e.g. “Penn State, I Wish I Had Known To Say Goodbye”
- Listicles (especially when they use a funny angle and piggyback on a major trend); e.g. “10 Tips For Writing Killer Insta Captions On Days When You Have Zero Creativity To Speak Of”
Further studying shows that they prefer articles to piggy-back on a major trend. I wrote this during the coronavirus pandemic, so most articles tend to be coronavirus-themed.
Here’s what I’m not seeing:
- Case studies
- How tos
You get the gist?
Based on this finding, at this particular time, if I wanted to write for Odyssey I’ll be writing either a listicle or opinion piece (in any vertical; health, politics, business, writing, etc) that uses the coronavirus angle.
So how do you actually get published on Odyssey:
Step 1: Create an Odyssey account by visiting this page on their website https://www.theodysseyonline.com/core/setup/
Step 2: Follow all of the instructions and ensure your account is properly set up; link your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts, etc. This is an important step to complete before going ahead to submit your first article.
Step 3: If you schooled in the US, select the option provided to apply to a community and apply to your school. If accepted, you can simply publish your articles directly without going through an editor.
If you did not school in the US, you can still look for a school/community of your choosing and apply.
You can find a list of all Odyssey communities here.
The advantage of being accepted to a school/community is that it allows you to publish your articles directly without having to wait for the approval of an editor.
If you do not apply to a school/community, your article is highly unlikely to be unpublished even though you will seemingly have the option to “publish.” In this case, go to step 4.
Step 4: If you’re unable to get accepted to a community, your article is likely to be marked as ”suspicious” when you submit it. In that case, simply copy the article URL and submit a comment through this form complaining about not being able to get your article published:
Using this option, you should most likely get an email that your article has been published within a few days.
Here’s an example of a piece I published on the website: