Thanks to the influence of a good many revolutionary activists, I see a “radical politics” as necessarily centering those on the margins of society. By looking to the leadership of people of color, women, trans people, gender nonconforming people, non-Western people, differently abled people, and those who live at the intersections of these identities and beyond, our work is less likely to leave anyone behind in a struggle for collective liberation.
One way to center marginalized voices is to make space for them, to step down from the podium and listen rather than speak at every chance. With this in mind, I’ve become increasingly uncomfortable with having Chickpeas & Change serve merely as a soapbox for my thoughts and my thoughts only. Since re-conceiving of this blog, I’ve sought for it to provide a venue for building up a feminist, anti-racist, anti-speciesist community, and I now want to begin to turn this theory into praxis.
That’s why Chickpeas & Change is now accepting submissions for blog posts! You’ll find submission guidelines below, as well as on the blog’s new “Contribute to C&C” page (drops down when you hover over the “From the Community” page). I’m really eager to work with ya’ll. :)
Chickpeas & Change welcomes all submissions created with a goal of contributing in some small way to dismantling dominant structures of violence and oppression, and that include non-human animals among the beings whom we need to include in a struggle for collective liberation. This includes written, video, audio, photographic, and otherwise artistic pieces. Submissions from individuals and groups who do not have online platforms of their own will be privileged.
Please send written submissions to chickpeasandchange [at] gmail [dot] com in a Word .doc file – as well as copied into the body of your email. Include your name, contact information and a brief biography, with embedded hyperlinks to your website, Twitter account, etc., if you would like them included, and a JPEG of a headshot photo if you would like that included. The subject line of your email should begin with “SUBMISSION:” followed by your last name and the article title.
Written submissions should be at least 500 words, and no longer than 2,000 (though exceptions can be made).
For multimedia submissions, videos should not be longer than 10 minutes and should be non-compressed and in .MOV or .FLV format. Photos and images should be minimum 490×300 pixels and can be in .PDF, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG or .TIFF format. Audio files should be in .MOV, .FLV, .MPEG-4 or MP3 format.
Submissions can be either original, or reprinted from elsewhere (as long as you currently hold the rights to reprint your work and have permission from the outlet where it has first appeared). When submitting a reprint, please include the URL of the original piece in your submission email.
All submissions are subject to a non-extensive editorial review process that will focus mostly on grammar and factual accuracy.
If using external sources in your piece, please cite them using MLA format, and hyperlink them directly in the text, if possible. Please also include a works cited page at the end of your piece.
Please use the following formatting guidelines:
–Place only a single space between sentences.
–Place only a single line break between paragraphs.
–Do not indent paragraphs.
–Unless it would detract from the style of the piece, all dates, times and months must be spelled out, i.e. December 10, 2010, never “last Tuesday,” “next week,” “tomorrow” etc., in order for the story to remain accurate and usable.
–Please spell-check your work.
–Please format all submissions in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
–Please avoid pasting photos, tables or other visuals directly into Word documents with text. Instead, mark in the text where photos should be placed (i.e. “Photo 1 and Caption text and photo credit”) and attach visuals as separate files, with corresponding file names. Please only submit original photos, images under fair use, creative commons licenses or images for which you own the publishing rights.
Please do not submit pieces that…
–Are not yours (by rights) to submit, post, disseminate or transmit;
–Are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, obscene, harmful, tortuous, libelous or invasive of another’s privacy;
–Infringe or violate any party’s copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other proprietary right;
–Contain any viruses, worms or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files, code or programs;
–Include any unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, chain letters, spam, junk mail or any other type of unsolicited mass email to people or entities that have not agreed to be part of such mailings.
This blog accepts no money for its operation, nor offers it to anyone else. As such, it is assumed that all submissions are offered gratis. Additionally, no submissions will be sold to any other publishing entity.
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Ali Seiter) with any questions you may have. You can send questions either through the form on my Contact page, or via email to chickpeasandchange [at] gmail [dot] com.
In solidarity, Ali.