Yopp is now accepting pitches and submissions for publication! Please familiarize yourself with the kind of content Yopp publishes and read through the full guidelines before submitting.
Writing for Yopp
PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING
Yopp! seeks to connect education, critiques, calls to action, and personal stories into one big resource in order to help marginalized people and help non-marginalized people understand how to help them.
Yopp! aims to offer as many approaches as possible to address the nuance and complexity of issues related to oppression.
Yopp! is full of explanations that make you go, "Yes! You said the thing!"
What I'm Looking For
Opinion pieces, media critiques, creative non-fiction, narratives, interviews, content reviews and recommendations, compilations of resources, opportunities to help others, advanced activism theory, humor, grief, empathy, Your Story.
I do not want: Poetry, fiction, feminism 101, news reports, or listacles (unless you really have something unique and informative to say).
Articles for Yopp fit into the following categories:
Bad Arguments: Critiques of common arguments used to excuse oppression and opinions on how to expand past the dominating narratives in our society.
Content that Changed My Activism (CTCMA): Recommendations for articles, videos, books, comics, or other media that had a profound impact on your activism and awareness of the issues other people face.
Voices: A collection of personal stories and anecdotes showing the ways oppression affects us on a day to day basis.
What Can I Do?: Specific suggestions for behaviors and thought patterns you can change or actions you can take to help support marginalized groups.
("Yopp Academy" is the segment of this blog that focuses on educational material rated by difficulty level. I am not accepting submissions for Yopp Academy at this time.)
Parents of Disabled Children
Although one of the specialties of this blog is disability, I make a point to limit the number of stories from parents of disabled children that I publish.
The narratives around disability are currently oversaturated with the perspective of able-bodied parents who-- while loving-- can contribute to the societal view that disabled people are a burden, are not autonomous, and are not capable of telling their own stories. For more information about the issues behind writing about your disabled children, please check out this article by disability activist Carly Findlay and this piece by disabled mom of a disabled kid, Meriah Nichols.
In the event that I choose to publish a special piece about the parent of a disabled child, please avoid any specific identifying information (ie: real name, height, weight, specific city they live in) and please get explicit permission from your children to share their stories. If you're uncomfortable reading your article to your child, then I won't publish it.
Submitting to Yopp!
If you're interested in having your piece published on Yopp, please first familiarize yourself with the style and content that's typical for this blog. If you're satisfied that your piece is a good fit, send your pitch or full submission to "Yoppvoice@gmail.com" including the word “submission” in the subject line.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let me know if your piece is accepted elsewhere. I'm looking for new, unpublished material only. I'm happy to publish previously unpublished writers or new writers and I put priority on pieces by folks from marginalized groups.
For full submissions, word count should be between 1,200-3,000 words. Yopp! is a place to explore topics in depth, so don't shy away from the top end of the suggested word count. Longer pieces are preferred.
Any attached documents should be in a shared google docs link or in a .doc or .pdf file. Be aware that accepted full submissions will be subject to editing before publication, but I am always willing to work with the writer to keep the spirit of the piece intact.
How to Pitch
Your pitch should be 2–4 paragraphs in length and include the following information:
Why is this topic important?
Is there research or a larger cultural context to back up this topic?
Why is Yopp a good home for this piece?
What points will you include in the article?
What’s unique about your perspective on this topic?
If sending a pitch only, please include links to two previously published pieces, or include two writing samples in an attachment. Please include an estimate for when you could have this piece ready.
I aim to respond to every submission but because I am new to the process of reviewing submissions, response times will vary.
What You Get in Return
Because the majority of my writers are going to be part of multiple marginalized groups and will often be sharing personal experiences of the way oppression has affected their lives, it's important to me to pay for that work. Guest bloggers will be paid $75 per article. (Guest posts are paid for exclusively by external sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a guest post, please contact me.)
Your published piece may include a bio with links to your own content and social media, and all publications will be advertised to my followers on this blog, Instagram, facebook, and twitter.