Send in your pitches before 5th March, 2021

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


ARTICLES ON THESE SUBJECTS ARE A PRIORITY FOR US AT THE MOMENT:

1. POLICE STATES AND POPULAR PROTESTS
2. CANCEL CULTURE
3. TECHNO-FEMINISM
4. DALIT HISTORY MONTH
5. TRANS PERSPECTIVES
6. HUMOUR/SATIRE
7. NARCISSISTIC ABUSE

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE WE WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTING PITCHES ON THESE SUBJECTS ALL YEAR ROUND:
Articles pegged to the shorter news cycle and/or focussing on politics, culture, technology, dissent, mental health, sexuality, disability, relationships, art, and intersectionality.

WHAT WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING:
Dissertation style writing or previously published articles/blogs.
Submissions from writers identifying as centrist or right-wing.
Fiction or poetry.

ALL OUR CONTENT REQUIRES TO BE ROOTED IN:
Anti casteist, anti-racist,  LGBTQIA+ affirming, Pro #METOO, anti-carceral, anti-capital punishment, and intersectional values.

FIRST HAND NARRATIVES:  
These are also fine though not always ideal. Survivor accounts (rape, sexual harassment/assault/abuse) will be top priority. Unsigned/anonymous pieces will not be published nor remunerated. If you need to send anonymous tips to journalists, we will try to help you.

PRIORITY REVIEW: Submissions from trans writers and/or writers identifying as Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi or Vimukta will be reviewed on top priority. Submissions from BIPOCs living in Europe or United States will also be reviewed on priority. Please let us know about your intersections/location.

HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE:

STEP 1: Please write a short description of 200 words introducing your piece in the body of the mail.

STEP 2: Attach at least two previously published articles or television news reports in .PDF or .DOC formats along with links (from feminist online publications or registered news platforms).

STEP 3: Add any other details that help us know why you are in a good position to write this article. Tell us why what you are writing is important for readers.

STEP 4: If you have a final draft that you are keen to share (=/< 1000 words) please do attach it.

STEP 5: In the subject line of the mail please mention:

SUBMISSION/Your First Name/Topic Category*/Priority or Urgent**

*"Topic category"- mention one of the 6 listed above (first word ok) or if you are writing about a generic topic (also listed above) just say "Other"
**"Priority"-mention this if you qualify for a priority review and "Urgent" if the article is time sensitive and tell us why)

For example:

SUBMISSION/Rachelle/Call out.../Priority
or
SUBMISSION/Akshi/Police states.../Urgent
or
SUBMISSION/Rubina/Other

STEP 6: Send mail to info@smashboard.org

WHAT TO EXPECT ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR PIECE:

It could take upto 2 weeks to review your submissions. If your piece is pegged to news, we will try to get in touch faster.

There is no guarantee that all submissions will be accepted. We will try to keep you informed about the status of your submission. Feel free to send us reminders if you there's a reason your pitch can't wait.

Once we read your submission, we will start the editing process with you. We expect you to be very careful about fact checking and making sure you are using your own words and adding references carefully where required. If there are any edits, the final version will always be run through you before publication. Any article published here should not be republished anywhere without permission.

REMUNERATION

If you are willing to write pro-bono for our non-profit, naturally, you are most welcome!

Otherwise, the remuneration for published pieces for this round of submissions will be: 50 EUR or 4433 INR for a 800-1000 word piece (bank transfers can be made to accounts in India and Europe only for the time being).

*NON-JOURNALISTs/FIRST TIME WRITERS OR THOSE WHO HAVE PUBLISHED LESS THAN 4 PIECES (PERSONAL BLOGS WILL NOT BE COUNTED) WILL RECEIVE A REMUNERATION OF 25 EUR OR 2215 INR ONLY AS WE REQUIRE EXTRA RESOURCES TO EDIT YOUR WORK. IF YOUR WRITING SKILLS ARE EXCEPTIONAL AND PERFECTLY ALIGNED TO OUR OWN STYLE, WE WILL BE OPEN TO MAKING CONCESSIONS.

*PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY SUBMISSIONS TO US IF YOU FEEL REMUNERATIONS ARE TOO LOW FOR YOU.

*SUBMISSIONS/PITCHES ARE NOT PAID FOR. ONLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES ARE REMUNERATED.

We look forward to hearing from you!