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The Mary Sue has always been a site about community—not only our wonderful community of readers and commenters, but all communities of marginalized people, whether online or in the real world, whose voices we try to amplify. Now, more than ever, those voices need to be heard, as the voice that’s been consistently shouting them down over the years has found renewed strength in our country.
That’s why have decided that we must expand our roster of contributors at this crucial time. We’re always open to contributor pitches (through our handy form, where anyone with an idea and a keyboard can apply), but right now, in addition to the usual geek entertainment fare, we’re specifically looking for writers who have something important to say about our current sociopolitical climate, whether it concerns their personal experience or the state of our society itself. Our diverse audience needs diverse voices to weigh in on the issues that we’re all going to have to face together.
If that sounds like just the right fit for you, head over to our contributor form and send us a pitch! We’d love to read it.
This new contributor initiative is one that will supplement the feminist pop culture criticism and news that makes this site special, and we hope it will result in some positive effect on the world.
Paying all of our contributing writers has been an important priority for the team here at The Mary Sue, and we have been paying at least a small fee to everyone who writes for us. We’re very proud of that, and we will continue to pay all contributors who write about entertainment. Thanks to our subscribers and other factors, we’ve even secured a small increase in our monthly contributor budget. But, in the interest of transparency: We have decided to accept some unpaid pieces in an effort to ensure that more voices are heard during this tumultuous time. To be clear, there will be no change in pay for our existing contributor efforts, except that we will have a few more dollars to allocate.
We will also continue our policy of not soliciting individual writers for unpaid work; we only want to give more people a chance to share their stories than our meager budget will allow, rather than turning away pitches just because we can’t pay for all of them. That can include pieces that were already published on a personal blog, social media, or elsewhere.
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