If you wish to write for DIVA on a freelance basis, please pitch
story ideas to Jane Czyzselska at firstname.lastname@example.org, ensuring that your pitch
is no more than two paragraphs.
If we like your idea, we will respond. If you wish to send work
to us on spec for consideration, do not send original artwork or
sole copies of written material.
Articles must be emailed with the author's name and contact
details on every page. We apologise for not responding to those
whose ideas we're not so keen on. This is due to the sheer volume
of email we receive.
Below is a rough breakdown of DIVA's regular
Diatribe: Provocative opinion-pieces on issues of
interest to readership; News features: brief and
in-depth; Cartoon strips: British lesbian
cartoonists always sought!; Digest: We carry
reviews and previews of films, music and books, written by our
section editors (regarding books, we try to balance UK with
international writers, and achieve coverage of literary and popular
fiction and non-fiction in limited space. Books that are difficult
to order or access in the UK are unlikely to receive reviews);
Interview features: With women of interest to the
readership; Real life: Interview-based features
focusing on issues affecting the readership;
Q&A: Short, interview-based profiles of faces
to watch in a variety of fields; Fashion:
Redefining lesbian style - fresh angles always welcome!;
British and foreign features: articles on the
following subjects and themes are always popular - relationships,
sexuality, gender, ethical dilemmas, political activism, style and
fashion, social trends, profiles of individual lesbians and
bisexual women, spirituality, history, satire, sport;
Scene coverage: photos and vox pops with punters
at lesbian venues, particularly outside London.
Please note that DIVA does not accept unsolicited poetry but
sometimes publishes short stories of literary merit.
We are always on the look-out for new talent, so drop Jane a line
at email@example.com with samples of your
photographs and illustrations.
DIVA pays £150 per thousand words. We pay in pounds sterling, in
the month of issue. We require invoices for all fees paid. Any
other payment arrangements must be by prior agreement.
CONTRIBUTING TO DIVAMAG.CO.UK
At present there is no payment for content created for the
website. However, if you are interested in reaching a wide,
targeted readership (approx 150,000), please send your ideas for
columns, reviews, blogs, stories or image galleries, video, audio
and illustrations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORK EXPERIENCE AT DIVA
DIVA offers work experience placements to journalism students and
those who are interested in pursuing a career in the media.
To apply, send us your CV together with a covering letter
confirming that you are eligible for work experience with DIVA (see
policy guidelines below) and outline why you would
like to do your work experience with us. You should also include an
original article of up to 400 words, which you have written to
appeal to the DIVA website audience. Applications that do not
demonstrate a clear understanding of DIVA's editorial intention and
audience demographic will not be considered.
Remember to date your covering letter and tell us when you are
available for your placement. It is advisable to give us at least
two months' notice of your preferred dates and an alternative
period if possible.
Send your application with the subject line WORK EXPERIENCE to
Policy on Work Experience
Placements (aka Internships)
The company recognises that work experience placements can be of
benefit to both the business and the individual and it is committed
to ensuring the placement is a positive one for the person
undertaking work experience.
The company is committed to the principle of equal opportunities
to all regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic origin, nationality,
religious belief, marital status, gender identification, sexual
orientation, HIV status or disability. All application for
placements will be treated equally.
Considerable time and care is taken to ensure that applicants
genuinely gain knowledge and benefit from their time with us and
this is supported by a comprehensive feedback process. Many
successful work experience applicants have cited their time with us
as a major contribution to personal career advancement and some
have even gone on to work with us professionally after
Terms & Conditions
1. Work experience opportunities are
offered on a strictly non-payment basis, however the company
recognises that with student debt and genuine hardship a small
travel or expense allowance may be required. Such requests would be
considered on an individual basis and in exceptional circumstances
may be granted at the sole discretion of a Director. This is
subject to the considerable budgetary constraints of the
publication and would be agreed in writing beforehand.
2. Placements are accepted on the
understanding that you are currently undertaking related
educational studies or research.
3. Placements are normally for a period
of one to two weeks up to a maximum total placement of 4 weeks.
4. Due to the nature of the business
work experience applicants must be 18 or over. Proof of age will be
5. In very exceptional circumstances
applicants under 18, but over the age of 16 may be considered,
provided parental consent is obtained or it is within a scheme
arranged by the Local Educational Authority. Due to the additional
administration, closer supervision and mentoring required, there is
no guarantee that such a placement will be possible.
6. An induction process will be
undertaken and applicants would be expected to follow the policies
and procedures detailed in the Handbook of General Rules and
Procedures for Freelancers and Work Experience. A copy will be
provided on induction.
7. A written agreement will be signed by
both the company's representative and the individual undertaking
the work experience stating there is no obligation between the
company and the individual in terms of employment. This will also
ensure the terms of the engagement are clear to both parties, such
as there are no requirements to have set hours or perform certain
tasks and the nature of your work while on site will be one of
shadowing or experiencing work.
8. The company reserves the right to
terminate a placement at its own discretion and at any point