We are looking for writing (fiction and non-fiction) and visual submissions to our digital magazine NüStories from persons of all genders and backgrounds. The aim of our online magazine is to provide a platform for creative work that highlights diverse voices on China subjects.
NüVoices team members are all volunteers dedicated to supporting each other, and at this time we are unable to offer payment for online pieces. However, we work closely with creators to help them develop quality content, and their pieces are promoted through our social media networks. Some of our pieces have been read, shared, or re-published by reputable news outlets, publishing professionals and specialist organizations.
We encourage creators and like-minded non-profit community groups to reach out about how we can cross-post your media and art projects.
- We are looking for a variety of text content including reported features, narrative essays, op-eds, tutorials, Q&As, fiction, translations and listicles. Since we do not have the resources to edit more ambitious reportage for the website, we ask that reported pieces be succinct, with links to sources included. In your pitch, please also include one or two ideas on what visuals can be used to accompany your piece.
- Visual submissions such as illustrations, photography, and videos should be accompanied by a short text component providing context.
- We ask that text pieces should aim to be no more than 1,400 words. Visual submissions should be of high digital quality but smaller than 1.5 MB jpg.
- Please include a short bio, with links to any social media, along with your submission.
We are looking for writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and illustration (photography, painting, mixed media) for our print anthology from persons identifying as non-binary or women on the subject of China (broadly defined). All anthology contributors will be paid with exact amount TBA following future rounds of fundraising. Please specify whether you are submitting to our anthology or online magazine in your pitch.
There are no theme restrictions but please see the following guidelines:
- We ask that the works prominently feature female characters (usually, of Chinese descent including contested parts of China).
- We are looking for pieces based on in-depth reporting and immersive research in Greater China as well as pieces on your personal experiences (to promote diversity, priority will be given to essayists of Chinese descent).
- We are eager to see originality — pieces that provide a sharp and articulate take on an experience or topic that hasn’t been done or not done enough from interesting angles.
- For our print anthology, we won’t focus on the “expat” experience because a recent anthology, While We’re Here, has already examined this theme in detail.
- As a general guideline to keep in mind, completed pieces for the anthology will have a recommended word count of around 3,000 words. Poetry or other vignettes can be much shorter.
- Reported non-fiction pieces should be narrative, magazine-style features rather than news stories.
- Please aim to send pitches for pieces that may remain timely, clear and accessible years from now. If you have any questions or would like assistance in crafting your pitch, please reach us using the form below.
- Recommended Resource: “From ‘Lives’ to ‘Modern Love’: Writing Personal Essays With Help From The New York Times”
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