Last date: 14th February, 2022
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Features, listicles, reports, essays that are feminist analyses or accounts of politics, culture, sexual harassment/abuse/assault, technology, dissent, mental health, casteism, racism, sexuality, disability, relationships, art, and intersectionality. First hand narratives are not ideal unless they are really unique. We expect everyone pitching to go through our website to get an idea of what we have published before.
WHAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT:
-Dissertation style writing or previously published articles/blogs.
-Submissions from writers identifying as centrist or right-wing.
-Fiction or poetry.
-Unsigned/anonymous pieces will not be published nor remunerated. If you need to send anonymous tips to journalists, we will definitely try to help you.
ALL CONTENT SHOULD BE ROOTED IN INTERSECTIONAL VALUES:
Anti casteist, anti-racist, LGBTQIA+ affirming, pro-survivor of sexual violence, anti-carceral, anti-capital punishment, anti-ableist etc.
WHO SHOULD DESIST:
-Cis-het men: we are holding the space for a few months for only women, non-binary and trans folk.
-People who have an ongoing complaint of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse against them.
-Anyone with an abusive past who has not repaired the harm inflicted or participated in some form of restorative justice with the survivor.
-Submissions from trans writers 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.
The articles that are already in different stages of edit will get precedence in our agendas but we will definitely treat your pitches before other pitches.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE:
Please write a short description of 200 words introducing your piece in the body of the mail.
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).
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.
If you have a final draft that you are keen to share (=/< 1000 words) please do attach it but also write a 200 word description in the body of the mail to tell us what it contains.
In the subject line of the mail please mention:
SUBMISSION/Your First Name/Topic of your pitch or draft
Please mark your piece as "Urgent" only if the article is very time sensitive and tell us why it is so in your mail.
STEP 6: Send your mail to email@example.com
WHAT TO EXPECT ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR PIECE:
It takes us time to read your submissions and reply to them—sometimes just a couple of days and sometimes three to four weeks when we have a lot of pitches to process. If your piece is pegged to news or is time sensitive to readers, we will try to get in touch faster. If you don't hear from us, you are welcome to send a reminder after three weeks.
Once we read your submission, we will send you edit queries. If all goes well, we will start the editing process with you. This can be long and involve a lot of back and forth in a collaborative process.
Please be very careful about fact-checking and making sure you are using your own words and adding references carefully where required.
We are a very small team at Smashboard so please do not expect turnaround times as with bigger publications.
Any article published on smashboard.org should not be republished anywhere without prior permission.
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 4202 INR for a 800-1000 word piece (bank transfers can be made to accounts in India only and payments in Europe will be made via PayPal for the time being). Submissions or pitches are not paid for. Only published articles are remunerated.
*New writers who have published fewer than four pieces will receive a remuneration of 25 Euros or 2215 INR only. [Please note that social media, community blogs, university/non-news/non-feminist publications will not be counted].
You'll be asked to send an invoice once the article is online and payments will usually reflect in your account within a week.
We look forward to hearing from you!