The WFY welcomes unsolicited articles, blog posts and other forms of content. If you are interested in writing for us, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The WFY is a platform for Indian Diaspora (Indian-origin) writers, residing in various parts of the globe (including India), to connect with the community. This is largely a pro-bono contribution. We also do have paid opportunities with us, but that is limited to largely the operations part and also experienced journalists.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
- Analysis of Indian Diaspora lives, contributions, struggle and achievements
- Pieces on political and current events from an Indian Diaspora perspective
- Analysis of contemporary legal or policy issues
- Movie/TV Show/book reviews – ideally related to Indian Diaspora-based issues
- Poetry, art and visual work
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
- The WFY magazine is an online digital magazine published every 1st day of the month. One can send pitches/articles/poems by the 15th of every month towards the upcoming edition. However, pieces related to current affairs and unfolding events should be relevant to the edition month. Deadline extension can be sought from the editor for exceptional stories and developments on timeline.
- There is no deadline towards the WFYToday section– you can send pitches/articles/poems throughout the year. However, pieces related to current affairs and unfolding events should be sent within a reasonable time frame to ensure that they are not rendered infructuous due to the passage of time. WFYToday section is published daily.
- Send only original, unpublished works. Please do not send pieces that you have previously published (including your Social Medias and personal Blogs) or have submitted for publishing elsewhere.
- Make sure that the submission does not contain any incorrect information. Double check, and provide sources for, all facts and data you cite.
- Share a brief bio of yourself at the end of your article, and mention your Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram handles in it if you so desire (kindly refer to existing articles on the website).
- All submissions are to be sent in Word format only. Please do not submit in PDF format.
- The WFY has a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism. If your submission is found to be plagiarized, you will be permanently barred from publishing with us.
- All entries must be accompanied by an undertaking that the piece has not been submitted to any other journal, magazine, newspaper or digital platform for publication in any other form.
- Please attach a high-resolution photograph of the author.
- Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we will contact you only if we can accept your piece. If you do not hear from us within six business days, please feel free to submit your article to other publications.
- Last but not the least, the editor’s word is final.
GUIDELINES ON STYLE FOR AUTHORS
- Reportage: Recommended word limit of 600 – 1200 words.
- Short Analysis: Recommended word limit of 1000 – 1500 words.
- Long-form/Explainers: Recommended word limit of 1500 – 2500 words.
- Headlines and titles must be crisp. They have to be tightly written, and not just any sentence. They must capsulise what the story/article is about.
- If you are writing a feature, it is good to do a very short intro about the story before you do the actual intro. This can carry your byline. The intro must be in italics, and your name, in capitals, must be in bold and not italicised.
- All references must be hyperlinked in the body of the text. In case no online source is available, in-text citations may be used.
- The WFY uses only British English spelling and grammar. However, if American spellings are used in a document that you are quoting from, do not change it.
- Non-English terms: Give the term in italics on the first appearance and provide its approximate English translation in parentheses (if the explanation is short) or in an endnote (if it is long). The term will be used as is without the translation for all subsequent usage.
- Avoid using archaic, colonial, sexist, or prejudicial language. Check the internet for better, correct words.
- Avoid technical jargon and legalese that common readers may not understand. Use simpler terms wherever possible to help the reader understand better.
- Do not use two quotes of two people saying almost the same thing in the story. Each one must make a different point. If the quote is too long, consider paraphrasing it.
- If the quote is grammatically wrong, do not use it as it is in the name of accuracy. Instead, put it down in indirect speech.
- The WFY follows the month in word, date and then the year. For example January 26, 2020. If it is the same year, then we say January 26th this year.
- The WFY reserves the right to edit the articles submitted to it to meet the requirements of our writing style and quality standards.