Want to write for DIVA or do work experience with us? Check out our guide below.
BY DIVA STAFF
If you wish to write for DIVA on a freelance basis, please pitch story ideas to Carrie Lyell at email@example.com, 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 content
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.
We are always on the look-out for new talent, so drop Carrie a line at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy on Work Experience Placements
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 qualifying.
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 required.
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 without notice.
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