Submission Guidelines for Writers
RAZED is focused on conceptual humor related to parenting. Full stop.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
- Original, previously unpublished humor pieces.
- We do occasionally cross-post previously published work—just let us know if your submission has ever been gazed upon by an adoring public.
- Length: 1100-ish words max, but somewhere south of that is ideal.
- Aside from feature-ish pieces, there are a couple of formats we like to throw out there every once in awhile: Pro/Con and Ask Yourself. Find examples of those on our site.
- Generally speaking: Read the site to become familiar with the kind of stuff we dig. It will save us all a lot of time.
- What we love: Original voices. Weird ideas. Laughing. Also: Darkness, insight, and honesty without insane over-the-top nastiness or name calling. We win when we’re smart.
- We reject all pieces that are not conceptual humor related to parenting. This includes personal essays, poems, fiction, GIFicles, interviews, book reviews, or requests for cheese (yes, we’ve gotten one of those).
HOW TO SUBMIT
- Copy your piece into the body of an e-mail; no attachments please.
- Put the title in the subject line.
- Tell us your name and e-mail as well as your website, Twitter, and/or Instagram handle should we choose to publish your submission.
- You’ll hear back from us within one week. If you don’t, remind us!
- Send it to: email@example.com
Submission Guidelines for Illustrators
We’re now open to submissions from illustrators. Woooooooo!
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
- All of the illustrations we publish on RAZED are original to the site. Okay, we’ve cross-posted one before, but it’s rare that we find an existing illustration that works with the writing we accept.
- It should go without saying (but we’ll say it) that we’re looking for distinct illustration styles with an emphasis on black-and-white line techniques. Check the site and you’ll catch our drift.
- What we love: The ability to concept an illustration and add a layer to the written piece that wouldn’t exist otherwise. We’re not necessarily looking for literal interpretations of a piece, but it depends on the piece.
HOW TO SUBMIT
- You must have a portfolio site, Tumblr, Instagram, Ello, or SOMETHING that contains a decent body of work so that we can get a sense of your style, concepting ability, experience, and versatility.
- Put “Illustrator Submission” in the subject line.
- Tell us your name and e-mail as well as your website, Twitter, and/or Instagram handle.
- Give us some idea of your level of interest (“Reach out to me all the time!” or more like “I can do this maybe twice a year”) as well as your preferred turnaround time. We try to give illustrators a decent chunk of time (typically 2 weeks), but sometimes it’s a lot faster and sometimes it’s a lot longer. This will help us determine where you might fit in the mix of our current illustrators. In other words, there are no wrong answers.
- We’ll respond to you within a week. If we don’t, remind us!
- Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Work Has Been Accepted! Hooray!
- For now, RAZED isn’t in a position to pay anyone anything, including us. We should’ve mentioned that earlier. We pay out of our own shallow pockets to keep the site running because we think it’s a damn good time.
- But! You retain all rights to your work.
- Illustrators: We strive to be matchmakers between each particular piece and your approach and style. That means some illustrators are tapped all the time, others only once in awhile. Not feeling the piece you’ve been assigned or can’t find your angle on it? You can always pass and wait for the next thing.
- Writers: Every piece goes through editing, all edits are reviewed by the writer, and writers will always receive a preview link to review the final piece before it’s published. “Collaborative” is our middle name! And if we had a last name, we’d like it to be Zuckerberg.
- We ask that you wait at least two weeks before allowing any cross-posts of your writing or your illustration. We extra-appreciate it when you link back to us as the source of the original piece (i.e. “This piece / this illustration originally appeared on the parenting humor site RAZED”). High fives!
- Tell all your friends! Seriously!