Hi! If you've gotten this far, then you have discovered the importance of communicating with the LGBT community. Currently, our focus is on Hampton Roads, but submissions need not to be limited to our area.
We do ask that any articles submitted are in keeping with our mission and support positive information within the LGBT community.
We accept article submissions from anyone who can add desirable content to our pages.
We do have some simple, common sense rules:
- Please keep your submissions on subject.
- Please submit all pieces in a Word document, with no fancy formatting or fonts. Simple Times New Roman 12pt. font, or whatever the default is on your computer, is fine. Feel free to also paste your text into the body of the email, but this is optional.
- Do not indent.
- Do not use bullets on your lists.
- Do not use HTML tags in your piece, except for embedded links. If you would like to submit your piece already formatted in HTML, send us an HTML document.
- Please include a short (one small paragraph) bio with your piece, and include and email address to which you would like to have correspondence sent. If you have a website, please include that as well.
- Always, always link to sources. Always! If you make a statement that isn't common knowledge, especially statistics, you must back it up with a link. If you need help with this, you can always ask us for some research tips. But we'll probably just tell you to to Google it. Please embed the links like this, not like this: (http://www.youroutsource.org/).
- Please title your submission. We may decide to change it at publication, but at least we'll have something off which we can work.
- Please let us know whether or not your piece is an original submission. We prefer them to be original, but we will reprint exceptional pieces. YourOUTSource.org does not pay for most submitted articles. If you expect payment, please let us know at the time you make the submission so that we can come to an agreement. We are hoping to have a budget for writers in time, but at this point we are relying on those who are looking for exposure and support our mission.
- If your submission is rejected, please don't stop sending. Acceptance depends on a variety of factors, including timeliness, style, and any number of editorial requirements of the moment that may not necessarily reflect on your writing ability.
- If you have submitted a piece and haven't heard back from us in a reasonable amount of time, feel free to give us a "what's up?" email. Sometimes things get put on the back burner when breaking news hits...or maybe it just slipped our minds. Hey, we're human, too.
That's basically it. You are encouraged to send us op-ed pieces, we just ask that you please follow our easy guidelines.