There are three types of nonfiction submissions we consider:
- Arts/Culture/Entertainment pieces written from an #ownvoices perspective, such as a person from the LGBTQ+ community writing about Pride or LGBTQ+ tropes in fiction
- State of the genre pieces or thematic discussion articles (ie: horror genre tropes) about the book industry, with specific interest in horror, crime, sci fi, fantasy and YA. We may also consider themed or topical discussions of music or movies. Consider Laura Diaz de Arce’s article Haunted by Pain: On Ghosts and Trauma as an example.
- Reviews of books, movies, music
In the future we may add genre columnists and more reviewers. Priority will go to those individuals who we have had a successful working relationship with in the past. Submitting a review is a good way to establish a potential working relationship.
We are particularly interested in reviews of books by diverse artists. We would like 50-75% of our book review coverage to focus on diverse authors.
Note: Male authors writing with a woman’s name don’t qualify as ‘diverse’.
The best way to understand what a publication is looking for is to read it, but that doesn’t always convey the whole picture.
Why did we publish The Irrational Woman in the Age of Reason? First, it’s an in-depth look at Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood. Second, it’s an insightful piece that looks at how women have been treated (or perhaps I should say mistreated) throughout the centuries.
Why did we publish The Puzzle Smothers A Montreal Refuge? Many dismiss refugees as freeloaders who erode society. Ray’s look at life commuting to a physically grueling, low-paying job counters so many stereotypes. Instead of living off of assistance, choosing to work hard. Working to learn the language.
Why did we publish A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong? Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in publishing and society at large. Gitz gives us an Indigenous person’s perspective, as well as insights about why it is offensive for people to appropriate Indigenous culture.
Why did we publish Bury Your Trope, Not Your Gays? Queer writer Laila Winters looks at how harmful the trope of killing gay characters is to the LGBTQ+ community, and society at large.
Why did we publish An Ode To The Radiant Black Woman I Saw On The Train? We love Mel Vee X’s inspiring and insightful poetry. Mel speaks to issues of race, gender and orientation in her words and they are powerful.
There are many other great pieces we’ve published. We look at representation, at works in fiction that feature characters of diverse groups, of the relationship between music and culture.
The most important thing is that people bring us fresh perspectives, and when appropriate they speak with authenticity and authority. (I wouldn’t publish an article like Headdress that wasn’t written by an Indigenous person.)
There’s a lot of talk about diversity in publishing. We support increasing the number of diverse reviewers and commentators and expanding opportunities for diverse artists and professionals in all segments of publishing.
We will not publish works that appear to promote hate against people based on their religion, race, gender, orientation.
Non-fiction submissions should be formatted in the same way that Bee fiction submissions are formatted. They should follow all Bee fiction guidelines, with the following exceptions:
- The subject line should indicate Bee non-fiction submission – title – author name – word count
- The writer should clearly identify if they are writing an #ownvoices article related to cultural or diversity issues (Note what I said above about Headdress.)
- The writer should indicate in their email if they have any specific knowledge/experience that relates to the topic they are writing about that qualifies them to speak on it
Word count: 1000-1500 words for articles (We may sometimes consider longer works, but must be convinced the topic and content justify the extension.)
Payment: 10 cents U.S. per word for articles
As of January 1, 2020:
Flat rate: $90 for book* reviews (350-550 words)
Flat rate: $70 for movie reviews
Please note that we also consider reviews of older works. Indicate ‘Friday’s Forgotten Books submission’ in your subject line when submitting. Works must be at least one year old to be considered for Friday’s Forgotten Books. The same book review pay rate applies.
No book will be reviewed unless it has been read.
We will consider reviews of self-published books; however, no self-published book will receive coverage via an author interview or review unless the Bee writer has read the book and vouches for its quality with a rating of at least 3 out of 5 stars.
Nonfiction articles can be submitted for consideration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the words Nonfiction Review or Nonfiction Article in the subject line. Include an author photo and your bio (100 words written in third person) and attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file.
Applicable to Fiction and Nonfiction Submissions
Your work must be your own
Your material is exclusive to the Bee for the exclusivity period in our agreement
You must not be profiting from your material in any other way (ie: if we learn a person paid you to review their book we will terminate future contracts)
Reviewers must acknowledge any connection they have to an author they review (ie: acknowledging they are friends, enemies or relatives)
Your Paypal account must be registered in your legal name in your country of residence and must be verified. Failure to provide a Paypal account that meets these requirements may result in payment delays because Paypal may refuse to transfer the money. In these cases, Bronzeville is not responsible for the delay in payment. In the event that we learn an account provided is not registered in the author’s legal name in their country of residence (unless they have an accountant, agent or manager who is legally authorized to receive funds on their behalf) we reserve the right to terminate the contract.
Your Paypal account must be registered in your legal name and set up for the country that you reside in.
Your Paypal account must also be verified.
We have added these requirements to ensure that we do all we can to ensure writers are paid on time. When writers do not supply us with the required information, we are not responsible for a delay in payment.
If we receive a message stating that a payment has not transmitted because the account holder is not verified, we are not responsible for a delay in payment.
We will not deposit to a different person’s account for your services.
All writers are required to fill out the invoice form at the time of contract offer. Failure to provide appropriate data at that time may result in termination of contract; in the event that we learn of issues later it may impact subsequent contract opportunities.
Bronzeville will make one payment attempt in the appropriate pay period using the data provided by the writer. In the event that the data is insufficient to complete the transaction or incorrect or the account is unverified the writer may be required to wait until the next pay period to receive their payment.
No content is guaranteed publication until an agreement is signed by both parties.
Failure to return the signed contract in a timely manner can result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication
If edits aren’t completed within one week from the time issued it may result in a delay in publication or cancellation of publication
Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, or anyone having sex with animals.
We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.
To clarify, a story touching on racism may require a racist character that makes a racist statement. These should be used sparingly, and carefully. When the narrative is peppered with racist insults the story has gone beyond establishing that a character is racist and may read as a presentation of the author’s views. Anyone who is not prepared to work with a sensitivity reader or have this content addressed in edits should not submit to us.
“While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan