ASDA features the journalistic talents and unique perspectives of its members throughout the year. We’re always looking for contributors and story ideas for the association’s print publications, Mouth and ASDA News, as well as its award-winning blog, Mouthing Off.
If you’re looking for a way to reach more than 22,000 of your peers, you’ve come to the right place! Not a member but want to contribute? Join today. ASDA also publishes articles by dental professionals on occasion (acceptance determined by the editorial board).
Contributing is Easy
Step 1: Complete this online form and you will be added to a waiting list. Note: right now ASDA has a lot of members interested in writing. You may have to wait several months before you're contacted to write. Please be patient as we contact writers on a first-come, first-served based.
Step 2: Write an original article and send it to your editor when complete (we’ll give you a deadline, word count, some tips and help you along the way).
Step 3: Sign in and update your member profile copyright information. Follow this step-by-step guide.
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kelly, publications manager.
Choose Your Topic
News Story (800 words) — News about dentistry, ASDA or dental education in general. These articles run on the front page. News stories are always written in an objective voice and supported by facts.
Career Transition (700-800 words) — Practice management and career transition advice from a practicing dentist.
The Issues (700-800 words) — Updates on legislation and issues that impact dentistry and students.
Review (600 words) — A book or movie review or a short list of dental-related books that students might be interested in.
Student Perspective (600 words) — The dental school experience related from a dental student. This covers dental education from the student perspective.
Financial Matters (700-800 words) — Financial topics written by experts in the field or dentists who have encountered them.
Predental (600 words) — An article geared towards ASDA's predental members. Good examples are DAT prep, choosing a school and resources for getting into dental school.
Blog Post (300-500 words) — Quickly provides one nugget of information and can include links to Web pages, photos and videos. Topics range from dental news to YouTube videos to chapter highlights.
Your Author Handbook
Download the Author Handbook for more detailed instructions and tips for writing, editing and submitting content for an ASDA publication.
Tips for Submitting a Good Article
- Use a lead paragraph to set the stage
- Address the 5 Ws: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
- Include research findings and stats when appropriate
- Stick to one idea per sentence
- Keep it simple — no need to blow the reader away with big words
- Incorporate photos