Submissions

Media Diversified is a non-profit independent publishing platform that aims to advance the discourse around race, identity, politics and popular culture.

We publish articles by writers of colour that present fresh perspectives and insightful commentary on contemporary social and political issues.

“We don’t need any more writers as solitary heroes. We need a heroic writer’s movement: assertive, militant, pugnacious.”  ~Toni Morrison

 

 

Submission guidelines: 

In keeping with our mission to publicise the voices of people of colour in the media, if you identify as a person of colour and have an original idea for an article, we would love to hear from you!

Although Media Diversified is based in the UK, we welcome submissions from authors based around the world.

Unless you are providing a radically different analysis of a TV show, book etc, or taking a retrospective look at a classic work, articles should be timely and relevant. Preferably they should be prompted by recent or breaking news (e.g: How did Pakistan become the land of bombs and burqas? deals with racist portrayals of Muslims and relates these to the advertising for Homeland Season 4).

We strongly suggest that before submitting, you read our most recent articles to ensure that we have not yet covered the topic of your pitch/article and to get a sense of our preferred tone and execution.

Email info@mediadiversified.org to pitch articles on general interest topics, politics, and current affairs.

Email kelly@mediadiversified.org to pitch articles on arts and culture. This includes critiques and reviews of music, film, literary, fine arts, and other media.

Email Y.Gunaratnam@gold.ac.uk to pitch articles to our Academic Space.

When writing your piece, keep in mind that it will be read by people from many different backgrounds, so please ensure that it is easy to follow and accessible to the general populace.

Article submissions should include a bio of up to 100 words and (if desired) a photo.

Please be patient if you do not hear from us immediately, as we receive a high volume of submissions and have a small editorial staff.

  • Features: 800- to 1500-word interviews, essays and articles on any of the subjects listed in the categories on our site.
  • Reviews: 500-800 words on books, TV and film, museum exhibits, theatre and music.
  • Academic Space: Up to 2000 words of critique and analysis on academic theories.

Finished work and pitches are both welcome.

 

NB: We do not publish fiction or poetry on our site. However, we do run an ongoing poetry series by poets of colour on our Tumblr.

We do not re-publish content that has been published elsewhere, except in exclusive circumstances and by prior special arrangement.

We are open to simultaneous submissions; however, please notify us in advance if you are submitting simultaneously, and let us know ASAP if your submission is published elsewhere.


Support and community

We are currently unable to offer financial compensation for all articles. However,we do offer renumeration for reviews, exclusive investigations and commissioned pieces (check our Twitter and Facebook pages for callouts). We also seek to support and promote our writers by publicising all articles on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

In line with our ongoing mission to build community, we expect writers to play an active part not only in publicising their own work but also in supporting the work of other writers by regularly reading and disseminating Media Diversified articles.

We also try to offer help and support to our writers in other ways – please email us at info@mediadiversified.org for further information.


Publication: 

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be added to our Writers page.

Articles may be edited for spelling, grammar, syntax and clarity before publication.

Any special requirements can be discussed before publication or on confirmation of inclusion on the website.

Please note that published articles may not be reproduced elsewhere (e.g. on a charity’s website) without prior permission from Media Diversified.

Once an article is published on Media Diversified’s website any changes to content will be signposted by ‘Update’. We do not delete articles once published, so please be sure you wish to have your article on the Internet before submitting. Thank you.


 Event Tips

We are always on the lookout for tips regarding events that raise the profiles of creators, speakers and professionals of colour.

If you would like one of our writers to preview or review an exhibition, concert or other event, feel free to get in touch. Please contact us at least two weeks before the event is due to open.


 

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