Hello and thank you for your interest in writing for Autostraddle!
Currently, we are accepting pitches from black writers to participate in our 2019 Black History Month series.
In 2019 we’re here to celebrate all facets queer blackness! While we’re obviously happily accepting pieces that focus on black history – we are also thinking of this as “Black PRESENT Month” or “Black FUTURE Month.”
We’re interested in uplifting our LGBT black ancestors, but we know that our culture does not merely exist in the sepia tones of our past. Blackness is not monolithic, and as such this February we’re bringing all of ourselves to the table. Have a dystopian short story where the black lesbian protagonist saves the world that you haven’t quite found a home for? Send it our way. A personal essay about finding your black bisexual self in the music of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey? We’re the place for that. What about a deep dive post into the queer roots of Afro-futurism? Wherever your interests take you, we are interested in hearing your black voice.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 8th. Pitches without full submissions may also be accepted if accompanied with past clips. Ideal final pieces will fall between 800 and 2,000 words. Payment for black history month posts will typically fall between $50 and $150. As always, we are particularly inclined to compensate writers at higher rates who are professionals turning in work that doesn’t require editing/revisions or those pitching a story from a perspective or on a subject which is underrepresented on the site.
Any additional questions can be directed to carmen[at]autostraddle[dot]com
We’re always looking for submissions in the following categories:
- Funny shit
- Fashion & Beauty
- Sex, relationships & dating
We are not looking for:
- Callout posts
- Academic papers
- Why [x] is [problematic] [-ist]
We are especially interested in submissions from:
- Butch / masculine-of center women
- People of color
- People over 45+
- Trans women
Payment: We are an independent publication with a tight budget, but we’re committed to paying all our writers, although we recognize that it’s not as much as we’d like to or as much as you deserve. Usually this falls within the $40-$150 range. We are particularly inclined to compensate writers at higher rates who are QTPOC, professionals turning in work that doesn’t require editing/revisions, pitching a story from a perspective or on a subject which is underrepresented on the site.
Original Feature Journalism/Reporting:
If you have reporting experience and are interested in writing a reported, feature-style longform piece (3,000+ words) that tells a gripping, nuanced story that is relevant to our community with photo or other multi-media elements, feel free to pitch us your idea with a budget. Depending on the scope of the story, your experience and our estimation of the story’s potential reach, we are open to negotiations up to $1,200 as well as expenses covered, but will be very selective as we can only afford a few of these each year.
This includes investigative journalism as well as pop culture stories like oral histories of queer or queer-adjacent TV shows and movies, 3,000+ word celebrity profiles of famous lesbian, queer, bisexual and/or trans women, with photographs (or we’ll pair you with a photographer) or behind-the-scenes of a queer TV show / set visit. We’re also eager for pieces on social phenomenons and relationships, like this or this or this.
For all submissions, please include your rates if relevant.