How to pitch to gal-dem

gal-dem is addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of young women and non-binary people of colour.

• Even if you are sending us a fully written article, please write us a pitch in the body of an email.

• Your pitch should be no more than 200-250 words and set out clearly what you want the article to be about and include relevant hyperlinks for our reference.

• Within our sections we commission articles such as: personal essays (and longform personal essays going in depth on a life experience), responsive opinion pieces relating to current affairs, Q&A’s with women and non-binary people of colour, feature interviews (profiles) with WoC and NBPoC, news-based features looking into pertinent topics relating to our community, travel features like Wanderthirst and roundup pieces. Please click through the links to see articles we particularly like.

gal-dem receives a lot of personal essay pitches covering topics such as growing up, anxiety and working in white environments. While these ideas are valued and valuable, before you pitch to us please Google the topic to make sure it is completely original and not on a topic we have already covered on the site and that your pitch really highlights why this topic would be of interest to a wider audience.

• Especially when it comes to commissioning personal essays, we will sometimes need evidence of your ability to write. Sending us academic essays usually won’t cut it but please let us know if you don’t have any experience in journalistic writing and we will bear that in mind when commissioning.

• Here are some more extensive pitching tips.

• Once your pitch is ready, find the correct editor to email on our Team page. If you’re unsure, send it to the editor you think will be most relevant who will then forward it on. Try not to email multiple editors unless the pitch is time sensitive and they have an out of office email on.

• The subject line should be “Pitch: ” and then your proposed headline. For instance – “Pitch: the secret life of black beekeepers”.

• Once we have received your pitch we will aim to look over it and reply as soon as we can. If you haven’t received a response in a couple of weeks do follow up with us.

• Keep in mind that we get a lot of pitches and although we will try, not all pitches will be replied to.

• If we accept your pitch we’ll give you a submission deadline, some advice and ideas on how we’d like to see the piece and a word count. We have experienced editors and sub-editors with specific knowledge in the subjects we cover who will help you to develop your article.

• We expect all work to be fully fact-checked, accurate, original and not containing plagiarism.

• We expect pieces submitted to us to in a near-publishable state. We will send you a copy of our style guide before you begin writing for us. Similarly to the pitch, if you are referencing any facts, studies, or quoting from other sources please hyperlink out to them.

• Once the piece is published we will give you a byline with your photograph and biography, so readers can find out more about you and your work.

• We will promote your article on Twitter, Facebook and sometimes in our newsletter or on Instagram.

• We will pay you promptly (no more than 30 days post-invoice) after the publication of your article. Please do not send us an invoice until after your article has been published.

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