Feministe loves to host guest posts all year round, not just during Project Guest-Blogger every summer. We invite guest post pitches from writers all over the internet on feminist and intersectional social justice issues. Here are some guidelines for submissions (adapted from the very thorough Guest Post Guidelines at the Geek Feminism Blog, thank you for your fine work!). These guidelines may seem a bit intimidating at first glance, please realise that on one hand we do need to discourage the endless guest-post-spam from black-hat-SEO types while on the other hand we very much want to encourage our readers and especially our regular commentors to submit pitches to us, and on the third hand we want to provide an example/tutorial for readers who might want to pitch for paid writing gigs elsewhere (since Feministe does not have the budget to pay Guest Authors).
Guest posts should:
- address a feminist/womanist or intersectional social justice issue. It could be about a specific incident or current event, about the portrayal of women in a book or movie or TV Show, about a general issue with feminism and women, or anything in between.
- have enough material for several paragraphs at a minimum
- be written in clear understandable English where possible. We would like to include articles by less fluent English speakers and others who have any difficulty with English expression and we may be willing to copyedit your article, but please try and seek copyediting elsewhere first.
- be explicit about addressing any subgroups: for example, if your article is about disabled feminists, or WOC feminists, or trans* feminists, say so.
Very long guest posts may be split into multiple posts.
Guest posts may:
- have been published elsewhere, including in your own blog, as long as you have the right to give it to us for re-publication
- be original content to be published for the first time
- be republications of articles that appeared a long time ago on other sites, there’s no time limit on reappearing here
Guest posts should not:
- violate our comments policy
- perpetrate other oppressions either actively or passively
- use slurs, including but not limited to misogynist, racist, transphobic, homophobic and ableist slurs, unless reclaiming or analysing such slurs as applied to a group you are a member of
- perpetrate invisibility by silently assuming that all our readers are women, that they’re all heterosexual, or that they all live in the USA (to give some common erroneous assumptions)
- be a straightforward advertisement, either for a for-profit activity or even for community things like a call for volunteers or a free event. We require analysis or criticism rather than promotion. If you wish to promote an event or project, leave a comment on the latest Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday post.
- offer full editorial services in helping you refine your pitch and rewrite your article, light copyediting and formatting is all we can offer
- nag you about finishing your article. If you offer a guest post and do not deliver, we will not remind you.
- pay you for your article
The quality of your post will be considered when deciding whether to guest post it.
If your guest post is declined, you will receive an email including your pitch or draft so that you can publish it elsewhere if you choose. We will provide some constructive feedback, but we do not have the resources to provide detailed critiques.
Pitching a guest post
When pitching a post, please provide:
- at the very least a specific topic you intend to cover and an outline of your post OR a full draft of the post
- examples of your writing elsewhere on the web, for example, in your own blog
who you are – a basic bio telling us your background, if you’re a regular commenter or long-time lurker, where else your work has appeared (it’s ok if it hasn’t appeared anywhere yet!) and why you’re the right person to cover this topic.
Examples of good pitches:
I would like to write a guest post about the continuing pushback against the growing public discusssion of rape culture. My post will discuss:
- some history of denialism regarding rape culture
- a few current findings about the prevalence/extent of rape culture
- a couple of recent incidents demonstrating vilification of those raising rape culture issues
Examples of my writing can be found at: [links, such as a couple of your favourite entries at your own blog]
I would like to have a guest post about the role of feminists during the US Civil Rights Movement. Here’s the post:
[my entire blog post]
I would like to have a guest post about recent developments in campaigns to restrict reproductive freedoms. It’s already appeared on my blog:
[url of existing post]
Example of a bad pitch:
I would like to write a guest post for Feministe! I can write on many topics, please let me know what you need me to write about.
Unfortunately Feministe does not have the editorial resources to develop topics for you.
How to submit your pitch
Submit your pitch using this comment form below. Please engage your patience awaiting a reply, since none of our guest-post editorial team are full-time.