Join our team
Are you a writer looking for a place to call home? Are you a passionate person who has an opinion and a drive to share it? Are you looking for a medium to showcase your talent to the world?
Are you a keen-eyed editor? Do you have designs to lead a team of contributors in your very own section? Do you want to be responsible for curating great features, reviews and interviews?
In general, we ask for the right to keep your work on our website indefinitely.
You’re welcome to republish your articles at your own blog, and may republish your articles anywhere else online or in print one month after initial publication with us. All we ask is that you link back to the original article (online) or include the note ‘Originally published in Vada Magazine (vadamagazine.com)’ (in print).
If you do republish the article, we ask you to credit us with the original publication and use a canonical tag to identify us as the origin of the article in search engines: <link rel=”canonical” href=”URL OF BLOG POST”>
You can write with a pen name if you wish. We encourage it if your day job requires discretion (e.g., working in public offices or with children). You can change your author name at a later date, although we cannot guarantee web archives won’t preserve earlier pen names.
Please read our terms and conditions before you submit any work to us.
Since we launched in December 2012, we have been devoted to bring you up-to-the-minute news, reviews and opinion pieces with our own special Vada twist. Part of what keeps us thriving, though, is you: the reader. We want to hear your opinions, share your stories and make this as much your platform as it is ours.
You don’t have to be a writer to get involved, or to have had any previous experience. We’ve got a team of editors who can help you, and we’ve got a hungry audience of switched-on LGBT readers, eager to hear what you’ve got to say.
Note: You don’t have to be LGBT, but obviously things that appeal to an LGBT audience will stand a better chance of being published.
Contribute to a regular column
You can take part in any of our regular columns by submitting articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. These columns are:
–What’s on Your Playlist (send us links to five music videos on YouTube with your reasons why you like these songs)
–Give It a Listen (highlight any song or album you think has gone underappreciated so far)
–Postcards from… (send us 250 words on why you love your city, or from any city you visit on your travels)
–OMGame of Thrones (send us your opinions about anything Game of Thrones-related)
–Weekly Fumes (celebrating our favourite aftershaves, perfumes and eaux des toilettes)
–Top 20/ Top 10/Top 5, etc (send us your lists – and don’t be scared of the GIFs!)
–Pride Guides (send us a guide to your local pride)
–Why I Love… (tell us what you love and why – no matter how niche)
–Poems for Your Fridge (poems on any theme)
–Friday Fiction (short stories, vignettes and serials)
–Vlogs, podcasts or photo journalism (we love these!)
We’re also open to general comment pieces, reviews of your local scene, film and restaurant reviews, jokes, comics, and, well, anything else you might have, really.
We are also specifically looking to recruit the following editorial roles:
–Regional Correspondents (North East, Scotland, London, etc)
If you want to talk to us about writing and editorial roles at Vada then email Adam Lowe at email@example.com with a sample of your work.
From March 2015, we’re also open to high-quality fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other forms of creative writing. This is an exciting opportunity to share your creative writing with an audience most literary journals can’t reach. We’re open to any genre, so long as you have a strong voice and a story to tell.
The rules for creative writing are slightly different to our normal terms and conditions, as we understand you’ll likely want to republish your work elsewhere at some point.
For creative writing, you retain the copyright at all times. We only ask for first online publication rights (that is, a licence to publish your work on our website), plus the option to reprint in a future anthology if we wish (in print and/or ebook formats from our parent imprint, Dog Horn Publishing). We would notify you if we intended to republish your work.
Please supply a writer’s bio, along with any relevant publications and links, when you send us your writing. Send in the body of your email or as a .doc file (PDF isn’t ideal). Put ‘CREATIVE WRITING SUBMISSION’ in the subject header. Please note that we might edit work to clear up any errors or to make your writing stronger. You will have input into this process, of course.
If your work appears in one of our anthologies, then you will be entitled to a free copy and will be invited to appear at any promotional events and book launches we do. You will also get the option of an electronic proof of your story to confirm any edits that we make.
Have good contacts? Able to sell advertising space? Then we need you!
Vada is looking for freelance agents to sell advertising packages to LGBT-friendly businesses across the UK and abroad. We’re currently redesigning the site to incorporate expanded listings, employer and venue profiles, job pages and featured videos. A range of advertising packages will be made available to complement these new additions to the website.
We can work with clients to tailor the packages we offer them, and these can include native advertising, homepage takeovers, pop-outs, banners, buttons, competitions and more. Using our rapidly expanding mailing list, we can also offer targeted mailouts and social media campaigns.
Our standard rate of commission is 30%.