Want to write for DIVA? Check out our guide for all you need to know…
BY DIVA STAFF
If you wish to write for DIVA on a freelance basis, please pitch story ideas to editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell at firstname.lastname@example.org, ensuring that your pitch is short, snappy and catches our attention.
If we like your idea, we will respond. 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. If you wish to send work to us on spec for consideration, please do not send original artwork or sole copies of written material.
A rough breakdown of DIVA’s regular content:
Have a look at the magazine and website to familiarise yourself with our content. To give you an idea…
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 or short stories.
Photographs & illustrations
We are always on the look-out for new talent, so drop Carrie a line at email@example.com with samples of your photographs and illustrations.
Payment for articles will be discussed on an individual basis. Where we’re able to, 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 the website
At present there is no payment for content created for the website. However, if you are interested in reaching a wide, targeted readership please send your ideas for columns, reviews, blogs, stories or image galleries, video, audio and illustrations to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 here) 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.
UPDATE: Due to the covid-19 pandemic, all work experience placements will be remote until further notice.
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