The Isis HT21: Hot Pot
HOT POT: You are sitting around the table with your loved ones over a bowl of hot soup. There is warmth, chatter, and stories. What will you share?
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All pitches are anonymised before review.
Don’t think your best work fits our theme? Pitch anyway – we’ll find a place for it…
Don’t think your work’s much good? We’re sure it probably is… No harm sending it our way.
EXPERIENCE NOT REQUIRED
There is no ‘Isis writer’ – anyone can submit, anyone can be published. We are committed to bringing out the best in between experienced and new authors alike and encourage *everyone* to submit, whether they have experience or not, whether they’ve submitted before or not, whether they know people on the team or not… We want to publish content which represents the extraordinary diversity our University has to offer – so look forward to hearing what you have to say.
A few guidelines are below:
- Use the form below to submit a pitch to us – don’t worry about relating your pitch to the theme. Although ‘Awakening’ is our overarching vision for this vac and term, not every piece has to relate to it.
- Any student at any university may pitch to The Isis. But you must be a student to pitch (if we decide to publish your piece, we will verify your student status).
- As well as fully formed submissions, we welcome original pitches – our editorial team will help you to shape your piece. For pitches where the piece has not yet been written, please provide as detailed a plan as possible, as well as an up-to-date sample of your previous work in the genre if you have one. We don’t just want to know what you’re going to say – we want to know how you’re going to say it.
- If you are pitching non-fiction content, please remember that we are not a news site. We look for previously unpublished content that is, above all, a compelling and original read. If you want to write Oxford-centric content, only pitch it if it has significance outside the University’s city bubble. As an example: we would want an investigation that purports to examine the University’s historical relationship with Empire, and how this impacts those in the political establishment today, formed as they are by their Oxbridge experiences. An article about a JCR motion, not so much…
- Our best articles vary in their focus and nature. The best way to see what an Isis piece might look like is to have a browse of our website. You will soon realise that our scope is endless – the key is just to ensure that your words will have relevance beyond the 24 hours news cycle. If you seek to write an opinion piece on current affairs, make sure you add a new perspective to the debate.
- Do not include your name or any other identifying information in the body of your pitch. If emailing a file, .docx and Google Drive formats are preferred over .pages, .odt, .pdf etc.
- If you are pitching a poem or short story, it is especially important that you include an entire draft of your work in your pitch. It is exceptionally rare that a fiction pitch will be successful without a full draft of the piece.
- Outside of the magazine pitching period, if you do not hear back about your pitch within two weeks, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your pitch has been rejected before or after undergoing the editing process, we are happy to provide feedback upon request at email@example.com. Please do not let this dissuade you from pitching again – some of our best work comes from authors whose previous submissions didn’t make it to publication!
- If you are a member of The Isis team, you MUST pitch under a pseudonym. We recommend that you make a new email account under this name too. We want all work to be edited fairly and impartially during the term.
- As ever, if you have an idea but are unsure about how to develop it, pitch it to us anyway – we can help with the development. Do also contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.
Happy pitching! Mukahang (Queen’s) and Rita (St Hugh’s)
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