Call-out for Issue #4

Call-out for Issue #4

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We want your pitches!

It’s that time of the year – for a brief and glorious four weeks we are open for pitches. There are about a dozen slots for written and visual content and we pay $150 per commissioned piece. The best way to figure out what will sit well in our magazine is to take a look at our previous issues. We will not be considering completed submissions for Issue #4, but we welcome emails with multiple pitch ideas.

As with everything we do, we aim to present a magazine full of intersectional feminism. In each issue we feature at least one Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander, one woman with a disability, a broad cross-section of LGBTQIA+ people, and many other culturally diverse women. Gender non-binary individuals are welcome. We do not currently have the facilities to translate work, but if your work involves linguistically diverse women please get in touch with ideas for engagement.

Hot Chicks with Big Brains has always been interested in what women do for work and how they present themselves in the world. (As in, the “hot chicks” part, and the “big brains” part.) If these overlap, even better! (As in, our logo is a Venn diagram.) Random examples of the kind of things that might fit that overlap include:

  • The experiences of black women who get told their natural hair is ‘unprofessional’ in corporate environments
  • Photographic portraits of women whose professions are connected to their bodies – pageant queens, athletes, body-builders, dancers, etc.
  • Profiles of some ultra-successful women whose partners stay at home to raise their kids
  • Visual art exploring how being a stay-at-home mother affects a woman’s sense of self
  • Conversations with mining engineers, beer brewers, undertakers, and farmers who happen to be women surrounded by men

Things we always get pitches about and just aren’t “us” enough:

  • Memoir about women having to deal with body hair and contraception (yes, it all sucks, but we’d need a fresh angle)
  • Memoir about first times having sex (yes, it always sucks, but we’d need a fresh angle)
  • General rages about the wage gap (yes, it both exists and sucks, but we’d need a fresh angle)

 

Tips for written pitches

Hot Chicks with Big Brains prioritises primary sources – that means interviews and conversations where women speak for themselves. If you have ideas for women to interview please tell us why you think you’re the best person for the job. We also love pitches where writers offer to record guided conversations between two women about their shared expertise or experiences.

We also like all other kinds of non-fiction. Memoir, personal essay, narrative non-fiction, investigative journalism, or any combo of the above. If it’s an essay or reportage, tell us about who you’d like to interview for comment on the topic and why. We do not publish academic work, but will definitely consider an essay or report that requires some footnoting. Pieces between 800 and 1500 words are ideal, but in-conversations can run up to 3000 so if you feel strongly that you need more words we’re open to suggestions.

Email pitches for written content to: bri [at] hotchickswithbigbrains.com

 

Tips for visual pitches

As with all previous issues, we will need a Featured Artist for Issue #4. Their work will be displayed in a very special way alongside a Q and A between the Featured Artist and our Founding Editor, Bri Lee. (Issue #1 was a glossy centre fold-out for Leecee Carmichael, Issue #2 was thick cardboard perforated pages that people could tear out and put on their walls for Ayaka Soga and Issue #3 saw Melissa Nguyen’s infographics also printed on hundreds of post cards to use as promotional material at all our events, online sales, and at locations throughout Brisbane. Yours will be something similarly wonderful!) The featured artist spot is a great way for you to get your visual work seen by our large reach.

We’d like to hear from photographers with ideas for image essays, and fashion shoots that are body-positive. In the past we have published high quality photographs of paintings, scans of illustrations, and digital work as well. We are extremely open to pitches and submissions that go further than 2D media. Have you got a great idea for animation or even sculpture, and think you can convey this work via photographs, stills, or otherwise? We’d love to hear about it! A huge majority of submissions are either digital or hand-drawn illustrations, so anything a bit different from this will surely stand out! As with written work, visual work that speaks to our themes will be prioritised. It’s difficult to give an idea of the size of visual contributions as it’s dependant on the type of practice, but we expect a around a 3-6 page commitment. If you’re unsure if you’re able to commit or if you want a better idea of what page count might be relevant to your idea, please get in touch during the pitch window, or have a look at one of our previous issues.

In previous submission windows, we received a lot of emails from artists just providing a link to their current/previous work. What we’re really looking for is a pitch or idea you have about some new work you could create. We’ve received a lot of submissions from some wonderfully talented artists but we’re just unable to do the work for you by coming up with a way to involve your work. Artists are welcome to pitch a concept and send their portfolio by the ‘pitch’ deadline.

Email pitches for visual content to: anna [at] hotchickswithbigbrains.com

 

Timeline

Deadline for pitches (both written and visual): 5pm Sunday 20 August 2017

If you pitch us an idea by August 20 and we request to see more, please know that you will need to have a draft (of written or visual work) ready for consideration by September 1st. There will then be 2 weeks to allow for the editorial and artistic guidance process. If you pitch us ideas, we will presume you are able to work to these timelines.

 

Hop to it! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Issue #3 will (almost certainly) be sold out by the time Issue #4 goes to the printers, so grab a copy here or at one of our stockists. Issue #1 and Issue #2 are both definitely, completely, absolutely sold out. That happened ages ago, duh.

4 Responses

  1. Leng Hernandez

    I am a brain injury survivor- half my body paralised. I studied visual arts, exhibited afyer graduation. Ran off playing drums to improve my dine motor skills. Marriage breakdown and I returned to study teaching. Now, im a single parent who is a special ed teacher working with kids with complex disabilities. To keep my paralised side and brain working, I am studying martial arts with the highest rank: kung fu brown sash black tip. I can write a piece reflecting on disability vs ability and lifelong learning. I will have to better structure my thoughts later, I just wanted to reach out before training. Thanks

    • Hi Leng, thanks for commenting. It sounds like you have an incredible life story. Please have a further read of the submissions guidelines + tips, then email your ideas through! xx HCwBB

  2. Hi there, I can’t seem to access the previous issues via the link here. Would you be able to direct me to these please? Many thanks

    • Hi there, sorry about the dead links and thanks for the comment! The links now take you to where Issue #3 is available via our online store. Issues #1 and #2 are sold out.

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