Guest Articles Rules

Are you interested in writing something for the site? That’s awesome!

First of all, a few quick things for you to bear in mind before you send in your pitch:

  1. Being a guest writer does not make you a site member. As such, we cannot provide music reviewers with promos, nor will you have your own slot on the site.
  2. Articles must be written in English and to a decent standard. We don’t mean to close off potentially excellent writers who don’t speak English well with this rule, but none of us can fluently write in any other language and it’s far easier for us if what you submit is at least free of major spelling and grammar errors (or, to put it another way, if it’s obvious what you’re trying to say and you’ve just made mistakes in how you phrased it).
  3. While guest reviews will be linked to on the site’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, any promotion greater than that is your responsibility.
  4. We cannot publish articles which have previously been posted elsewhere. There’s a few reasons for this one, but the big one is that we’re well aware that people may try to pass off another’s work as their own or that people may try to pass off articles they wrote years ago as new content to us, neither of which are good situations on a legal front to be caught up in.
  5. We do our articles for free. As such, we cannot pay guests for their work.

Still interested? Then write out a pitch for your article and email it to Nemo Atkins with the subject name “Article Pitch”. At minimum, the pitch must include the subject of the article, basic details related to the article and a deadline you can work towards (good extra details to include are links towards any websites or books that you know you will be referring to, images related to the article, a link towards your Twitter account and a plan for the article, but these are not essential). Your pitch will be read and considered by Nemo. We will aim to respond within 24 hours, but this may not always be possible, so please be patient!

If your pitch is accepted, then you and Nemo will agree a final deadline by which to have the article sent in to the site by. You can submit earlier if you wish (indeed, if you are happy with your article and have nothing more to add to it, sending in early would be a very sensible idea!), but failure to submit by the deadline without a good reason and/or advance notice will result in your article not being published. Once submitted, your article will be edited and sent back to you so you can see what the final article is intended to be and can approve the article for publication (or suggest changes to it as necessary). When you’ve done that, you’ll be informed the date the article will be posted on and, when the article is posted, you’ll be emailed a link towards it.

A few quick tips for pitches and articles:

  1. We try to write with the assumption that our audience is not already familiar with the subject being discussed and with a formal style without being afraid to make jokes and humorous digs at stuff. While you don’t have to write in the same style by any measure, it is worth bearing in mind that the audience of the site isn’t necessarily going to know as much as you do on a topic, so try to include the important information necessary to allow someone unfamiliar with the topic to be able to understand it.
  2. We don’t have a formal word count for site stuff. However, it is rare that articles will be published if their word count is going to be noticeably above 2,000 words or noticeably below 500 words. If you think what you’re writing is going to be noticeably shorter than 500 words, try to expand it out by considering the impact of what you’re talking about or giving more history on it. If you think what you’re writing is going to be noticeably longer than 2,000 words, ask yourself whether everything you’ve said has been completely essential and trim out that which isn’t completely essential.
  3. Have a plan for your article before you write your pitch. This might sound like a minor thing, but it’ll give you a good idea if what you’ve got to say is able to fit into a single article or not and will also be helpful to include in the pitch because it’ll show that you’ve taken time to consider what you’re going to say in the article, which makes it more likely that your pitch will be approved.
  4. While we do welcome pitches on social/political topics, like whether a film is transphobic or not, these are unlikely to be accepted simply because it’s not what we focus upon. We do appreciate that there are serious social and political issues out there in the world and there are invaluable discussions which can be had about them, but the focus of this site is reviews and discussions of entertainment media, so articles need to follow that line of logic. This doesn’t mean you cannot discuss social/political topics as part of an article if it is relevant to bring them up, but you MUST let us know in your pitch if you will be doing this, you must handle it in a way which makes it obvious that you do not regard your viewpoint on it as the only viewpoint that can be had on it and are aware of other viewpoints on the topic and it cannot be the core point of your article. The line on this might seem a bit vague, but, as a good rule of thumb, if the article couldn’t be done effectively without bring up the social/political topic, it probably won’t be accepted.
  5. You do not necessarily have to be pitching something new for it to be accepted. However, articles which are just retreading what previous contributors have said on the same thing are very unlikely to be accepted. If you are interested in writing an article on something which has already been covered on the site, take some time to read the other article before you pitch yours and ask if you agree with the general sentiment of the article or not. If you do, you probably don’t need to do the article. If you don’t, then feel free to pitch the article!
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