// Submissions for the Boshemia Magazine Issue 03: Bodies are now closed. Thank you to everybody who submitted work; we will be in touch by the end of April to let you know the outcome.//
Submissions for the blog are open, ongoing, and very welcome!
The most common thing people ask about submissions is “what are you looking for?” The answer to that is simple–we’re looking for your voice. We don’t have a specific callout as we publish a diverse range of work, from creative pieces to personal essays to satire to pop culture reviews to to socio-political commentary to quasi-academic analysis to visual art pieces—in short, we’re open to everything. Choose whichever medium of expression carries your voice the best.
Please use the form below to contact us with your pitch for your work. This should be less than 300 words long and should briefly summarise the intended content and/or themes of your work. We will then get in touch with you to discuss your submission further.
Please make sure you take the time to read the Submission Guidelines thoroughly before submitting. By completing the contact form below you are agreeing to the terms set out below.
We look forward to hearing your voices!
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY BEFORE SUBMITTING
PLEASE NOTE: As we are such a small and new enterprise, we are unfortunately unable to pay writers and artists (or Boshemia staff!) for their work at this time. We understand that this is not ideal and can be a barrier for some people, and are working hard on finding ways to compensate those whose work we publish; this is one of our top priorities as Boshemia grows. In the meantime, please accept the humble apology and immense gratitude of the three Boshemia founders. Your energy and contribution is what makes Boshemia a truly remarkable endeavour.
1. Articles should be roughly 500-800 words long for blog publication, and between 400-600 for print. Exceptions for significantly longer or shorter pieces can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. For submissions of artwork we accept any size or dimensions, but if you are submitting for print bear in mind that we print in A5 size (148x210mm).
2. We intend for Boshemia to be an inclusive, intersectional community and above all a safe space. Please do not submit proposals for any work which a) promotes hate, b) directly or indirectly promotes erasure of voices from people who belong to the most discriminated-against groups and communities (eg. POC, LGBTQI+), c) explicitly or implicitly expresses prejudice against any group or community (eg. Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia), d) promotes or amplifies rape culture, slut shaming or body shaming. This list could go on. It can also be summarised in the simple phrase “don’t be an asshole”.
Any proposals submitted which fall into any of the above categories will be immediately rejected and the writer may be prohibited from writing for Boshemia in the future.
3. Once a proposal has been approved, we will give you a time frame for completion. After this deadline your article will be proof-read and, if necessary, returned to you for edits. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, typos and clarity. We will endeavour not to significantly alter the content of the article so as not to mask the author’s voice.
4. Please do your homework. Be aware of the content that Boshemia has recently published and do not submit proposals for articles which are very similar in nature to recent articles. These will generally be rejected.
5. If responding to topical news or events, please be aware of the place that your voice has in that dialogue. For example, if you are a white, straight, cis-gendered male, chances are you have no place to be to commenting on events which concern black queer women. Do not speak over the voices of those more marginalised than yourself.
6. We cannot guarantee a specific date or time frame for publication, as our schedule is always fluctuating and changing to allow for current events to be discussed. We will aim to let you know with as much accuracy as possible when we expect your piece to go live.
DISCLAIMER: We retain the right to decide not to publish any finished article. In this case you will be informed of this decision at the earliest possible opportunity.
7. We respect confidentiality. We understand that you may not wish to have your name publicly attached to a piece of work. In this instance, please make this clear to us and we will guarantee to not associate your name anywhere with the finished piece.
8. That being said, we also respect your authorship. Your work remains your own and will credited to you unless you have specified otherwise. You are welcome to publish your work on other platforms after it has been published on Boshemia, but you will be required to follow our branding/sharing guidelines. (Different terms may apply for artwork, please discuss with us on a case-by-case basis).
These guidelines may sound daunting, but they’re to protect you and your work, us, and the Boshemia community. We intend for Boshemia to remain a respectful and positive space. Go forth and submit!