Here’s what we need the most right now:
+ Experienced and skilled news writers who have a solid command of the current political climate and its historic context. We are particularly interested in writers who are of color, trans, and activists. E-mail laneia [at] autostraddle dot com with your resume, experience and rates for more information.
+ Personal essays or feature articles on topics related to queer, feminist and/or outsider culture. We’re looking for really good stories, edgy style, unique arguments, keen intellect and searing wit.
+ FASHION AND STYLE AND BEAUTY PITCHES
+ Writing from people of color and especially black women and trans women of color, including QTPOC interested in contributing regularly to the site as a team member or a columnist.
+ Pieces about sex and relationships
We’re always looking for:
- Anything from UK-based writers (we have a large readership in London)
- Beauty content (makeup, hair, etc)
- Sex and relationship advice, lists, articles, etc.
- Experiences of LGBTQ people who are citizens of countries other than the United States
- Health & fitness
- Travel (including ideas for weekend trips near major metro areas, etc.)
- Personal essays from women who live in the South or Midwest
- Financial planning
- Weirdo shit
Illustrators and Photographers: We want to work with you! We’ll put you in touch with our authors to collaborate on original illustrations, or let us know if you have ideas for an illustrated series of your own. We also love photoessays that offer a glimpse into the unique perspectives of all kinds of queer life, and will pay for them.
A+: As part of our premium membership program, A+, we publish a few pieces each month that are visible only to A+ members and not indexed on search engines. Often these pieces are essays that for various reasons the author cannot publish on the mainsite due to the personal information revealed therein. So, if you’ve got some really good secrets you wanna share with about 1,200 A+ members but not the general public, please indicate in your submission that your essay is for A+. A+ personal essays pay $100 (more is negotiable for well-known writers).
Payment: We are an independent publication with a tight budget, but we’re committed to paying all our writers. Usually this falls within the $40-$100 range, although there are exceptions. We are particularly inclined to compensate writers who are: 1) QTPOC, 2) professionals turning in work that doesn’t require extensive editing/revisions, 3) pitching a story from in a perspective or in a subject which is underrepresented on the site, 4) Pitching a story that involves extensive reporting, research or multimedia.
Please include your rates if relevant.