As we hope is abundantly apparent, we value and prioritize diverse perspectives here at GeekGirlCon. At the con, this is reflected in our programming, which consists almost entirely of panels, workshops, and events that are created and hosted by community members. However, throughout the off-season, the content we produce is limited to the collection of voices that comprise our marketing staff. And while it’s a great staff, it’s also small. We have volunteered to help usher content through the GeekGirlCon pipeline, but we shouldn’t have a monopoly on the creation of the content itself. This is where you come in.
Even more than writing our own posts, GeekGirlCon’s Copy Team (that’s us, the blog people) is responsible for ensuring that the blog is a complete reflection of our broader community. It’s a job that involves many steps, and one of those is seeking out much-needed guest contributors. Writing for us in a guest capacity is cool because it requires a less serious time commitment than being a staff member does, but it still gets you involved in our year-round work.
For this pre-con season, we’re particularly interested in takes on diversity among content creators. As a viewer, what differences do you see between media that involves diverse perspectives integrally behind-the-scenes and those that don’t? Are you a creator yourself? How is your perspective key to the stories you create? Do you have ideas about how we, as a community, can demand the representation we deserve? If you have answers (fully-fledged or not!), we want to hear from you.
If you’re interested in becoming a guest contributor, here are your next steps:
1. Write! To be considered, we’ll need a pitch of approximately 100 words that describes your idea for a piece. If you have a entire draft already, feel free to submit that as well, but keep it within 600-1200 words.
2. Review! Make sure your piece is thoughtful and stays on-mission.
3. Submit! Email your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Guest Contributor Submission” in the subject line. The pitch itself can go in the body of the email. It’s also super helpful if you add a bit of info about yourself, including links to any pertinent social media accounts, blogs, or other writing.
As I mentioned, this season we’re especially looking for thoughts regarding diversity in media production. However, other GeekGirlCon-esque topics are definitely welcome, but keep in mind that we’re much more interested in critical analyses versus more lighthearted pieces. We’re also very interested in hearing from members of underrepresented groups—to keep our blog representative of our diverse community. If you’re looking for inspiration (or examples of the kind of content we currently don’t have), check out our blog.
We are so looking forward to seeing what you come up with!