Submissions

Hi! Thanks for your interest in working with us. We’re excited to work with you too. We’re currently open for submissions. We have a few guidelines that correspond with our values and aims. Please makes sure you read them before you send us your submission.

For non-fiction works:

  • We don’t have a set word count, but for written-only pieces, our minimum word count guideline is 400 words.
  • Our recommended guideline is 1,000-1,500 words but feel free to go above and below that if you feel it’s right for your piece.
  • The tone of voice should be conversational, open-minded, inclusive, accessible, empathetic, and thought-provoking.
  • We want to move away from academic and biased thinking.
  • We encourage collaborative work, so feel free to work as partners, whether it’s for written pieces or visual pieces, or for media combinations.
  • Certain time-sensitive topics should be submitted ASAP and we, as the editors, will do our best to publish it while it’s still relevant.
  • Bear in mind that there are many different perspectives and your writing should be open to this.
  • Our feminism is intersectional, inclusive, and multicultural.
  • We are open to different forms of media, including videos, audio, pictures, comics, etc. We encourage variety in form because we recognise that written content is not accessible to everyone.
  • If you want to submit just once, that’s great! If you want to work with us as a continual contributor, let us know in your submission. After your first piece with us is published, we will aim to work with you on as regular a basis as you prefer.
  • Send submissions to spectramag.net@gmail.com, along with the name you’d like to be published under.
  • We will get back to you as soon as possible, but we aim to respond within 2-3 weeks, at most.
  • If you have any questions, e-mail us on the address above, or alternatively you can contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks again for your interest in working with us, we’re looking forward to working with you!


For Pencrafts:

  • Pencrafts refers to anything that is fiction or poetry
  • As the main goal of our website is to open up discussion about feminism and global issues, it’s important that any poetry or fiction have a core focal point or theme that addresses these issues.
  • The recommended guideline for fiction is 1,000-4,000 words but feel free to go above and below if you feel it’s right for your piece.
  • For poetry, the recommended guideline is 10-100 lines, but once again feel free to go above and below if you feel it’s right for you.
  • Along with your submission, include at least a sentence about what issue you hope your piece is tackling that relates to our magazine.
  • Along with written pieces of fiction and poetry, we also encourage using other methods to present these forms. Especially with poetry, if you want to try something a little different such as an audio recording, found poetry, combine photography and poetry, etc., we’re open to many different methods and experimentations!

Some Tips and Tricks

Though we ourselves couldn’t call ourselves experts on writing, we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. The following advice is in order to help our writers reach their best potential on this website.

  • Since we mostly dabble in non-fiction works, often writing that is tied up in current events, it’s important that we back up many of the things that we write about in order to give it as much credibility as possible.
  • Research mostly applies to news articles, but often opinion pieces can also benefit from some basic research. For an example, check out this article on Queen of Katwe, that delved into the history of the white saviour trope in order to make its point.
  • In terms of research, you can never really go wrong with a few figures and statistics, backed up from a credible source.
  • There’s also no harm in reaching out to someone for a quote, if you think it’ll work with your piece, even if it’s a simple e-mail or a facebook message.
  • We encourage developing your own personal style and voice, in experimenting with your writing and trying different things.
  • It’s best to take every piece of writing advice with a grain of salt, whether it’s coming from Ernest Hemingway or, you know… us. Do what works best for you.
  • We, the editors at Spectra, are here to work with you. So at any point feel free to reach out with an e-mail, tweet or facebook message, whether it’s to ask for advice, to brainstorm ideas or just to say hello!