Guidelines

Contributors

LiisBeth welcomes queries from professional and emerging feminist writers and artists anywhere along the gender continuum.

Yes. We pay. On average $100-$2000 CDN per piece depending on the type of work, esperience of the writer,  the original research involved and length (typically 500-2500 words). We believe in the value of premium content. And the importance of paying writers and illustrators a fair rate.

We prioritize queries from creators who have actually read the magazine or become newsletter subscribers (it’s free).

Our 2300+ newsletter subscribers, 1500/month unique online readers and 14 000 social media followers span the gender and age spectrum (25% of our online audience are male) but are primarily feminist entrepreneurs, 25-55 years old, who either self -identify as feminist, and operate enterprises that incorporate feminist values. LiisBeth readers are well-educated, informed, are concerned about the role of gender bias in our economy, rising inequality, social justice, and the environment. They are interested in making a difference in the world.

We’re interested in variety of types of content in any format including poetry, cartoons, photo essays, short video reports and podcasts.  We are also interested in promoting and disseminating new research findings. In terms of geographical focus, we aim for a content balance of 20% Canadian, 60% North American, and 20% International.

We enjoy quality writing that is highly readable and creative. We encourage writers to tackle big and even controversial ideas but do so with wit, style, balance, and respect.  We are not an “angry” platform. Profanity – in context and if required – is acceptable.

Examples of the type of stories we are interested in:

  • PROFILES: Profiles of feminist entrepreneurs including what makes their enterprise a feminist enterprise, mission, vision, what practices are informed by feminist theory, pedagogy, practices, what are they experimenting with, what sets them apart, what have they learned, tips about how to grow a business in alignment with feminist values in a patriarchal system, governance practices, surplus wealth distribution policies,  ownership structures, marketing approach, growth strategies etc.  For an example, read
  • SERVICE ARTICLES:  Practical “how to” articles that help feminist entrepreneurs start, advance, grow their enterprises including raising seed capital, financing growth, how to avoid burnout, self-care for feminist entrepreneurs, values aligned marketing strategies, dealing with partners, etc.
  • ISSUES/OP ED ESSAYS:  Identify an emerging issue, key concern, or under explored areas via a feminist lens and connect it to feminist entrepreneurs/innovators.  Topics may include feminist futures, experiences in accelerators/incubators, entrepreneurship and innovation policy critiques, feminist lens on technology trends, feminist look at climate change, politics and entrepreneurship and innovation, the economy, track progress of a program and critique etc.
  • INVESTIGATIVE FEATURE:  Stories where the journalist investigates an issue, organization and its practices, calls out oppressions or gap between perception and reality, wrong doings, poor judgement, corruption, etc.  These features need to be well researched and facts documented.
  • PERSONAL ESSAYS: Stories that relate a personal experience that informs, provides insight, advice, inspires or highlights a concern.
  • BOOK/FILM REVIEWS: As long as the critique or observation works to inform or provide insight of value to those working in the feminist economy.

Things to note

  • We do not accept previously published or finished works (i.e.: blog posts)
  • We do not generally accept completed works or queries that are currently being considered by other publications.
  • If you want to pitch a story, we need a query or idea summary which includes a brief summary (150-250 words) plus the opening paragraph or nutgraph, who you plan to interview, and how you plan to go about researching for the piece (if appropriate). If you are new to us, please also send a sample of previously published or your best work from your blog or website.
  • If the idea is intriguing, we will want to engage with you to develop the idea further.   We’ll talk about your intended approach, length, and other relevant things. Please don’t send a whole manuscript to start.
  • If we accept your query, we will send you a contract.  Once that is signed, the piece is officially commissioned.
  • Send queries and pitches and questions to publisher@Liisbeth.com
  • Include the word QUERY in the subject line.  This will increase speed of response.
  • We receive a high volume of article queries and regret that we cannot guarantee a timely response in every case. We will on average get back to you in 14 days.

To download our contributor guidelines in full, click here CONTRIBUTOR GUIDELINES JANUARY 2019

Contributors

LiisBeth welcomes queries from professional and emerging feminist writers and artists anywhere along the gender continuum.

Yes. We pay. On average $100-$2000 CDN per piece depending on the type of work, esperience of the writer,  the original research involved and length (typically 500-2500 words). We believe in the value of premium content. And the importance of paying writers and illustrators a fair rate.

We prioritize queries from creators who have actually read the magazine or become newsletter subscribers (it’s free).

Our 2300+ newsletter subscribers, 1500/month unique online readers and 14 000 social media followers span the gender and age spectrum (25% of our online audience are male) but are primarily feminist entrepreneurs, 25-55 years old, who either self -identify as feminist, and operate enterprises that incorporate feminist values. LiisBeth readers are well-educated, informed, are concerned about the role of gender bias in our economy, rising inequality, social justice, and the environment. They are interested in making a difference in the world.

We’re interested in variety of types of content in any format including poetry, cartoons, photo essays, short video reports and podcasts.  We are also interested in promoting and disseminating new research findings. In terms of geographical focus, we aim for a content balance of 20% Canadian, 60% North American, and 20% International.

We enjoy quality writing that is highly readable and creative. We encourage writers to tackle big and even controversial ideas but do so with wit, style, balance, and respect.  We are not an “angry” platform. Profanity – in context and if required – is acceptable.

Examples of the type of stories we are interested in:

  • PROFILES: Profiles of feminist entrepreneurs including what makes their enterprise a feminist enterprise, mission, vision, what practices are informed by feminist theory, pedagogy, practices, what are they experimenting with, what sets them apart, what have they learned, tips about how to grow a business in alignment with feminist values in a patriarchal system, governance practices, surplus wealth distribution policies,  ownership structures, marketing approach, growth strategies etc.  For an example, read
  • SERVICE ARTICLES:  Practical “how to” articles that help feminist entrepreneurs start, advance, grow their enterprises including raising seed capital, financing growth, how to avoid burnout, self-care for feminist entrepreneurs, values aligned marketing strategies, dealing with partners, etc.
  • ISSUES/OP ED ESSAYS:  Identify an emerging issue, key concern, or under explored areas via a feminist lens and connect it to feminist entrepreneurs/innovators.  Topics may include feminist futures, experiences in accelerators/incubators, entrepreneurship and innovation policy critiques, feminist lens on technology trends, feminist look at climate change, politics and entrepreneurship and innovation, the economy, track progress of a program and critique etc.
  • INVESTIGATIVE FEATURE:  Stories where the journalist investigates an issue, organization and its practices, calls out oppressions or gap between perception and reality, wrong doings, poor judgement, corruption, etc.  These features need to be well researched and facts documented.
  • PERSONAL ESSAYS: Stories that relate a personal experience that informs, provides insight, advice, inspires or highlights a concern.
  • BOOK/FILM REVIEWS: As long as the critique or observation works to inform or provide insight of value to those working in the feminist economy.

Things to note

  • We do not accept previously published or finished works (i.e.: blog posts)
  • We do not generally accept completed works or queries that are currently being considered by other publications.
  • If you want to pitch a story, we need a query or idea summary which includes a brief summary (150-250 words) plus the opening paragraph or nutgraph, who you plan to interview, and how you plan to go about researching for the piece (if appropriate). If you are new to us, please also send a sample of previously published or your best work from your blog or website.
  • If the idea is intriguing, we will want to engage with you to develop the idea further.   We’ll talk about your intended approach, length, and other relevant things. Please don’t send a whole manuscript to start.
  • If we accept your query, we will send you a contract.  Once that is signed, the piece is officially commissioned.
  • Send queries and pitches and questions to publisher@Liisbeth.com
  • Include the word QUERY in the subject line.  This will increase speed of response.
  • We receive a high volume of article queries and regret that we cannot guarantee a timely response in every case. We will on average get back to you in 14 days.

To download our contributor guidelines in full, click here CONTRIBUTOR GUIDELINES JANUARY 2019