Dear Readers, Friends and Supporters,
We are temporarily closing down our freelance submissions while we try to raise more funds to keep the magazine running. We recognize, our readers recognize, how valuable our publication is.
We are one of the few BIPOC-run and led online magazines where most, if not all our writers are also BIPOC. Our content consistently provides essential perspectives which have historically been ignored. Our work is movement work, it affirms our humanity, it makes space for our voices, it pushes against oppressions and moves people to do better.
We wish that kind of work was well-funded, we wish it received more investments and sponsorships. With full transparency, since we last went on a hiatus and came back, we have pursued multiple avenues for funding, including partnerships w/ other media companies who have funding—but as a very leftists publication which is led by Black and brown women, we’re not appealing to them.
Our founder Ravneet Vohra has used her own funds for 4 years to pay our writers and staff in the hope that people would see our work and want to invest in it, but that hasn’t happened yet. So we turned to Patreon and managed to make enough to pay one staff member and for some content. As we approach the end of the year, we recognize that we cannot sustain ourselves into 2019 without $5K per month, which is our Patreon goal. We use our Patreon page to publish exclusive content and early-access content.
Many people have remarked recently that the Trump administration is truly racist and fascist, which is something we and other Black and brown publications have been warning about since early 2016 and onwards. We do essential work that is ignored by people with privilege. Our work threatens white supremacy, misogyny, queerphobia, transphobia and other oppressions, we don’t want to go anywhere but a lack of funding will certainly make us need to shut down Wear Your Voice. So we need your help to reach our funding goal of $5K through Patreon by December. We are going to keep working on finding investment but we need our readers to help us. If every one of our readers became a patron for just $1, we would be set!
The time to show up for Q/T BIPOC is now.
SUPPORT WEAR YOUR VOICE MAGAZINE | SUPPORT BLACK AND BROWN CREATIVES
Wear Your Voice is a women and femmes of color curated magazine. We are independent and self-funded, but now we need you to keep us up and running!
Our monthly fundraising goal: $5,000
Any amount is welcome, here is where you can support us:
Donations aren’t your thing? That’s OK! We have a shop where you can purchase original Wear Your Voice merch created just for you: shopwyv.com
Independent media by people of color is essential — help us support our staff and writers.
Wear Your Voice is an intersectional feminist magazine centering the voices of Black & brown queer women, femmes, trans & non binary people.
What are we looking for? If you want to write about pop-culture, news, sexuality, queer culture, gender, (mental) health, race, body politics, and more through an intersectional lens, then you’re at the right place! We are looking for nuanced and incisive critiques. We appreciate everything from love letters about Rihanna, to how environmental racism impacts marginalized folks. Essays, listicles, Q&As and reported pieces are welcome and we accept pieces from new writers as much as we do seasoned writers.
Maintaining a safe space for marginalized people: Before pitching and while writing any drafts, be aware of ableist language, here is a useful resource for everyone, especially writers and editors. If your piece or pitch includes descriptions of violence and trauma, please include a trigger warning for our editors.
How to pitch: We prefer detailed pitches over drafts. If you are new to pitching, please answer the basics:
- What is your piece about?
- Why is it important?
- Why should YOU write it?
- Who is it for?
- Approximate deadline
Be sure to check out our site to make sure we haven’t already published a similar piece. If it is time-sensitive, please state it in the subject line. Please include your preferred pronouns as well. If you have bylines/clips from other publications, include them in your email to submissions.
Pitches which are incomplete or lacking in detail may not receive a response and due to our current operating capacity, please give us one to two weeks for a response to your pitch — if it is time-sensitive, we’ll respond sooner.
Pay: We are an independent and primarily self-funded publication, so while we are working to pay our writers competitively we are currently offering $60 per piece. We try to enforce a maximum word count of 1000 words until we can begin paying our writers more.
Are you ready? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org