Contributor Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing your talent to Edible Cleveland. We are a member of Edible Communities, a growing, award-winning, nationwide series of community-based food publications whose mission is “to transform the way communities shop for, cook, eat, and relate to the food that is grown and produced in their area.”

You can read more about Edible Communities at

Edible Cleveland is published quarterly. Each issue emphasizes the current season, focused on Northeast Ohio (primarily, but not exclusively, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Stark, Portage, Geauga and Lake counties).

Unlike most Edible publications, we also center each issue on a conceptual theme. These themes offer writers a way to approach a subject from an unexpected direction, or a chance to stretch their own creative abilities and surprise our readers. For example: Origins, Wave, Market, and Roots are the themes of our first four issues, respectively.

So what does Edible Cleveland cover?

We are interested, first and foremost, in telling stories about relationships. Those relationships may be between a chef and her ingredients, or a farmer and his land and livestock, or between a writer and his heritage. There’s really no end to the topics that you might find in Edible Cleveland, but the common theme will always be passion about food and a connection to Northeast Ohio. We strive to tell the stories that extend our sense of community, deepen our understanding of practices, satisfy our curiosities about food and cultivate a vibrant food culture.

We also believe in providing an outlet for contributors to stretch their abilities and explore subjects creatively. We want readers to be engaged and interested, and so an unexpected angle to a topic is always preferred.

For Writers

The primary qualification for contributors is an ability to write in a lively, elegant, informative, original, accurate, and interesting manner. To demonstrate this, potential contributors should submit writing samples, preferably food related and unedited, along with a brief biography detailing their interests, professional and educational background, and publishing experience. Also include a list of topics you would like to write about, along with a brief description of the content and approach you would take.

Recipes to accompany articles are highly desirable, but they must be original and carefully tested. Likewise, all sources about information in the article should be cited, and if passages from published (including Web published) material are included, permission for use must be obtained and sources appropriately cited.

We try to assign stories at least 4-6 weeks in advance, and we are frequently planning the next four issues at any one time. However, there are times when story opportunities arise close to our editorial deadline and we’d like to include them, so if you want to be considered for assignments, please let us know.

For Photographers and Illustrators

Exceptional visuals are a major source of Edible Cleveland’s aesthetic appeal, so we are always interested in working with talented photographers and illustrators. The best way to connect with us is via an email to the editor, Jon Benedict Please include a link to a website where we can view examples of your work online, your standard rates and local travel availability, as well as any specific departments you think are best suited to your interests.

Length and Subjects

Every issue of Edible Cleveland includes a variety of stories of various lengths. The editor chooses writers and topics for each issue with the intention of balancing the coverage and nurturing a wide and loyal readership.

We include two to four features in each issue, including a photo essay. Prose features range from 1,000 to 2,000 words. Topics are limited only by season and a connection to the theme, and range from an in-depth exploration of a regional tradition or ingredient to a food-related experience, such as creating a traditional English herb garden or raising chickens in the city.

Department stories range from 250 to 1,000 words. Departments include:

THIS LAND: From Northeast Ohio’s burgeoning urban farming scene to the shores of our great lake to our rural communities, every issue will explore our local bounty.

EDIBLE IN SEASON: An informative and fun look at what’s in season and how to make the most of it.

REFRESHMENTS: A celebration of Northeast Ohio’s varied local potables, from microbrew beer to regional wines to artisan coffee, and everything in between.

FIRST PERSON: Stories from local chefs, entrepreneurs, advocates, artisans and home cooks about the role of local foods and its effect on their lives and ours.

SURPRISINGLY EDIBLE: A chance to take a closer look at ingredients most wouldn’t consider adding to their plate, from rosehips to sheepshead to schmaltz. Surprised there’s a recipe for that? We’re not.

NOTABLE EDIBLES: The latest food-related finds from the region, including tips on where to eat, shop, and learn.

EDIBLE TRADITIONS: Cleveland’s history is intertwined with the earth and its abundance. This feature will capture the area’s food history and connect it to our lives today.

KID’S TABLE: This feature describes how today’s parents are creating the food memories of tomorrow.

HOME-GROWN & HEALTHY: Local food doesn’t just taste great, it’s also good for you! We’ll bring you insights from regional health experts on the nutritional benefits of local foods.


If you have further questions, please contact:

Jon Benedict

1894 Woodward Avenue
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Thank you for your interest in Edible Cleveland.