The editors of Toxic News welcome a wide range of perspectives from both within and beyond the academy. You do not have to be a conventional expert in order to have your voice heard. Potential contributors to Toxic News are invited to send a short pitch or the full contribution to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All original articles, pitches and photography projects will be viewed and considered for publication.
Guidelines for Contributors
The average word length of a contribution is 1500 words, but please only treat this as guideline. Though most Toxic News articles tend to be between 800-1500 words, submitted pieces that are significantly longer or shorter will also be considered.
Please send your contributions as a Word document, preferably with a short and catchy title. So that your contribution is as dynamic as possible, we encourage you to add embedded hyperlinks to other sources of information within your article (blogs, news reports, journals, books etc.) and to write in the most engaging way possible.
If you prefer to write in a more academic style, please add references using the Harvard style and add hyperlinks where possible to your citations also.
When you submit your article, please also attach an image (photograph, drawing, sketch etc.) that will help to visualise your piece. This will preferably be an image made by the author, or have a creative commons (CC) licence.
This website is useful for finding open source images if you do not have your own. A landscape orientated image is preferred and more than one image is welcome.We ask that authors comply with reasonable ethical standards and permissions when publishing photographs of people, and specifically obtain permission of parents if using photographs of children.
For contributors submitting a photo-essay or other photography projects that relate to toxicity, please send a dropbox (or similar file sharing) link to email@example.com.
Types of Article
Toxic News aims to be as inclusive as possible and will consider a wide range of contributions, from the traditional to the experimental. This may include an academic reflection on a pressing toxic issue; a photography project; an interview; a book review; a personal reflection on an aspect of toxic news past or present; a poem; some initial thoughts on an ongoing project; or a feature-length (longform) piece of investigative journalism. What is important is that the contribution is engaging and that the subject matter will inspire our readers.
Toxic News has a growing readership and each article will be disseminated widely across social media platforms and on listservs, ensuring that your article will be read by as wide an audience as possible.