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FCA CONTRIBUTORS’ GUIDELINES

The Feminist Club Amsterdam is always looking for critical, thought-provoking publications.

The FCA website is a platform that amplifies fresh and critical voices by means of publications that center on intersectional feminism rooted in Amsterdam. As a platform, we aim to stimulate and start discussions, inciting thought and reflection on particular issues, events, writings, and incidents. We open up space wherein, different opinions can be voiced and enable a platform that publishes multiple perspectives on similar and wide-ranging issues.

In order to achieve such a platform, we invite YOU to write for us. We are eager to hear and read what you think about particular issues. We welcome articles/publications that fall under the categories of creative writing, opinion pieces, book/film/music/exhibition/event reviews, guides, academic writings, and interviews.

Submissions:

– Your article should abide by the FCA Code of Conduct;

– Your article should be related to our month’s theme, or to intersectional feminism within Amsterdam and/or the Netherlands;

– Your article should ideally be submitted in English, but we also accept submissions in Dutch (special exception made in some cases depending on editors language capability);

-The contributions must be authored by you and you must have explicit rights to letting us publish it. We do not reserve exclusive rights to articles sent to us;

-Your article should abide by the guidelines of formatting per contribution type;

-All submissions should be accompanied with a short introduction on who you are, identifying if you want to be identified in the article and a means to get a hold of you.

Submission can be sent to:  website@thefeministclub.nl

 

UPCOMING THEMES

Below, we have listed each month’s theme. We encourage you not to interpret the themes too literally, but to go ahead and be creative with them. Besides, our themes aren’t here to preclude writings on other themes, quite the opposite. If you have an idea, go ahead and pitch it to us! Or just send us your article, and we’ll see how to move forward.

October 2017: Anti-Racism

On October 17th, we’ll be hosting the third discussion night of this year. Its topic is anti-racism, and Arzu Aslan and Sarita Bajnath are invited as guest speakers for the event. For this month, we are looking for people who want to write about:

 

  • Books related to (anti-)racism such as, for example, Hallo witte mensen by Anousha Nzume, White Innocence by Gloria Wekker, Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. We highly encourage you to introduce us and the readers of our website to other books and writings on this topic through your book review!
  • We are looking for articles engaging with Dutch (anti-)racism, your experience of it, and initiatives within the Netherlands and Amsterdam taken to address it (think for example of the Dutch podcast Dipsaus and the recently very successful crowdfunding campaign of The Black Archives).
  • We’d like to publish articles on the topics of (white) fragility, racism, colorism, and their connections.
  • We’d like to read about the intersection of racism with other identities; specifically, we are thinking of submissions that focus on the intersection of (anti-)racism and islamophobia, and the intersection of LGBTQIA+ identities with (anti-) racism.
  • Any other piece that falls under the category of creative writing, opinion piece, film review, music review, event review, guide, academic writing, or interview.

 

November 2017: The (De)Construction of Masculinity

On November 8, we will host our fourth discussion night that will be focused on men and violence against women, together with Emancipator (hyperlink to their website). Therefore, we would like to read about masculinity, its construction, and the different forms that masculinity can take.

We encourage men to submit articles for this topic, but we would also very much like for women, non-binary, and transgender people to open up about what masculinity means for them, and how it informs their gender identity and -expression, and their daily life.

Furthermore, we are looking for reviews that address the perpetuation of toxic masculinity in media, but we are also very excited to read your pieces on how different masculinities are portrayed or challenged in (but not limited to) music, film/documentary, the visual arts, and poetry.

Would you like to write about masculinity in a different way from the ways suggested by us? Please let us know! We are looking for a wide variety of articles that explore the theme of masculinity in all its forms.

Excited about the themes? Get started and send us your article(s) to website@thefeministclub.nl!

Do you have an idea but you’re not sure yet how to develop your ideas into an article? Send us a pitch! We’d be happy to help you with starting to write and developing an article for our website.

Do you already have an article or paper lying around waiting to get published? We’d be very excited about reading and publishing them! Please get in touch with us by sending an email to website@thefeministclub.nl.

GUIDELINES PER FORMAT:

            1. Reviews and Reflections
            2. Opinion Pieces
            3. Academic Articles
            4. Guides/ How To’s
            5. Creative Writing
            6. Primer
            7. Visuals

              Reviews and Reflections

              Word Count: 500-750 words

              We Are Looking For: Since we are the Feminist Club Amsterdam, we’d like to be the website to go to for reviews on what’s happening in and around Amsterdam and the Netherlands more generally. We welcome praise and/or critique based on complex, intersectional arguments. We emphasize that the reviews and reflections must stand by the Code of Conduct of FCA. Please refer clearly to the event / person / incident / exhibition / music / film / book you are responding to, and, if possible, provide hyperlinks to this content so that it can be accessed by our readers. Or make sure that the subject under review is accessible for readers who haven’t read/visited/heard/seen what you’re writing on. Apt descriptions are thus encouraged and appreciated. Ideally, your reflection/review starts out with a description of the reviewed/reflected subject and is followed by a critical review/reflection based on thorough arguments.

              Submission: To submit an article please submit your piece to website@thefeministclub.nl along with a 250 word summary of who you are (bio), your perspective, and some insights into how you connect to the FCA mission.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 10 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content, and possibly how to follow up with how we can promote and relate it to our events.

              Opinion Pieces

              Word Count: 800-1200 words

              We Are Looking For: We are looking for writers who bring sharp, incisive analysis of events, publications, and individuals that are able to situate their personal perspective based on fair and balanced analysis, lending insight into the subject. Important is that your opinion piece follows the FCA Code of Conduct. If relevant, please provide a link to the event/publication/ individual you are commenting on in order for us and your readers to follow along clearly.

              Submission: To submit an article please submit your piece to website@thefeministclub.nl along with a 250 word summary of who you are (bio), your perspective, and some insights into how you connect to the FCA mission.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 10 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content, and possibly how to follow up with how we can promote and relate it to our events.

              Academic Articles

              Word Count: Abstracts max. 500 words, article/essay max. 9,000 words

              What we Are Looking For: As a platform, we’d like to build up a database of academic papers on a wide variety of subjects related to intersectional feminism, for people who are looking for readily available academic literature on specific topics. Therefore, we welcome academic articles and essays on various themes directly or indirectly relating to (intersecting) social inequalities. Please provide clear references and make sure your article/essay follows the FCA Code of Conduct. If your article/essay is approved by our team, your abstract will be published on the FCA page with a link to download the full article/essay.

              NOTE: The article/essay must be your personal contribution and you must have explicit rights to letting us publish it. We do not reserve exclusive rights to articles sent to us.

              Submission: To submit an article please send your piece (abstract and article/essay) in PDF format to website@thefeministclub.nl along with a 250 word summary of who you are (bio), your perspective, and some insights into how you connect to the FCA mission.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 15 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content, and possibly how to follow up with how we can promote and relate it to our events.

              Guides/ How To’s

              Word Count: max. 900 words

              What We Are Looking For: People willing to provide hands-on guides to specific (daily life) topics in any form (e.g. video, comics, article, bulleted list), that abides to our Code of Conduct.

              Submission: Please send your piece to website@thefeministclub.nl along with a 250 word summary of who you are (bio), your perspective, and some insights into how you connect to the FCA mission.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 10 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content, and possibly how to follow up with how we can promote and relate it to our events.

              Creative Writing

              Word Count: max. 1200 words

              What We Are Looking For: Poems, fictional short stories, artistic expressions; give it to us. We are excited and interested to read what you have to offer so long as it sticks to our Code of Conduct.

              Submission: Please send your piece to website@thefeministclub.nl along with a 250 word summary of who you are (bio), your perspective, and some insights into how you connect to the FCA mission.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 10 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content, and possibly how to follow up with how we can promote and relate it to our events.

              Primer

              Word Count: max. 4,000 words

              What We Are Looking For: Introductions on dense academic texts, subjects and concepts that will prime and help people to read related texts and/or to delve into the introduced subject. Please provide clear references and make sure your piece follows our Code of Conduct.

              NOTE: The submitted piece must be your personal contribution and you must have explicit rights to letting us publish it. We do not reserve exclusive rights to articles sent to us.

              Submission: To submit a primer please send your piece to our Code of Conduct along with a 250 word summary of who you are, your perspective, and some insights into how you connect to the FCA mission.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 10 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content, and possibly how to follow up with how we can promote and relate it to our events.

              Visuals

              What we are looking for: Visuals (images, comics, drawings, photographs, artworks) to cheer up our website, and regular contributions in order to have visuals accompany our articles. Submitted visuals should abide by our Code of Conduct.

              NOTE: Please ensure that the image is yours originally and is legally allowed to be shared, FCA does not reserve the exclusive rights to any works submitted to us.

              Submission: The submitted visual can take any form, but should be available digitally, and send to us digitally. You can submit anything, as long as you (are able to) submit it to website@thefeministclub.nl.

              Decision: Our team will contact you within 7 days from your submission with the final decision on publishing the content.