Write For The Dish!
Are you in the middle of an organizing drive? Want everyone to know about a group doing great work helping service industry people? Are you upset at local politicians or a new law? Do you have a unique personal experience or want to contribute to our monthly columns? Reach out! Please do not feel limited by what’s going on in your workplace; lots of us are unemployed, and there are many stories to tell.
If you haven’t written for a newsletter like this before, don’t worry! Our editors can give you some guidance. Even if you have a topic but don’t think you can write about it, we may be able to find an interested writer.
There are two ways to reach out to us: either with a finished piece (no more than 1500 words) or with a pitch/proposal.
You don’t have to have a full article figured out and ready to go, you can pitch us an idea first!
- Submit pitches to email@example.com.
- Write “PITCH” and a short three- to five-word description in the email’s subject line.
- In the body of the email give us a brief outline (100-150 words) of your idea!
- Wait for our editors to respond: we’ll either accept the pitch, suggest modifications, or let you know it’s not a good fit at the moment. We’re volunteers so please be patient 🙂
If you are confident you have a finished piece of writing that’s right for The Dish, send it in!
- Send your article (strict 1500 word maximum) in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Include your name, phone number, and social media handles in the email, so we can call you to discuss the piece if needed (it’s usually easier in a phone call than over email).
- Really, stick to the word count! In Google Docs you can check it under the ‘Tools’ tab.
- Include any photos or images (that you have permission to use!). Higher resolution is better.
- It would be helpful to include some headline ideas, but keep in mind we might need to adjust them for space.
- Let us know if you’d like your social media handles linked to the published piece.
Your article will be shared amongst the editorial team, and we will need to edit for clarity, length and accuracy. We want to make sure our WordPress extensions can translate your words as accurately as possible, so we need to make sure spelling and grammar are correct. We want to maintain your voice and style as much as possible, and will do our best to communicate during the editing process.
Though we accept submissions any time, we aim to publish around the 3rd Tuesday of the month. We need to receive finished pieces (not initial pitches!) at least two weeks before publication, to allow our team to edit and upload material. So if your topic is time-sensitive, get in touch with us as soon as you can, since we may have to save later submissions for the next edition.
Additional Ways to Get Involved
We always need graphics, photographs and other images! If you’re artistically inclined, email us at email@example.com and let us know how you’d like to contribute.