Th-Ink Queerly Mission Statement
Th-ink Queerly is grounded in self-examination and leadership. As LGBTQ+ people we harness our self-awareness to demonstrate our necessary, creative role in society. We promote thoughtful dialogue that seeks to improve humanity and equal rights for all. We critique the status quo — challenging heteronormativity, patriarchy, prejudice, bigotry, and radicalized ideologies — and offer solutions to create a more loving and accepting world.
Do You Read & Th-Ink Queerly?
Before you consider writing for Th-Ink Queerly, read and engage with our authors. What content speaks to you? What’s missing that you want to add to the conversation? What’s the change you want to see in the world? Are you willing to engage with other Th-Ink Queerly contributors by commenting, “clapping”, and sharing their words, to further elevate our visibility as LGBTQ+ peoples? It’s vitally important that we encourage and support our own, especially if you want your work to be appreciated as well.
As the name of the publication suggests, Th-Ink Queerly seeks to publish writing that dissects and provides solutions to the various challenges we face as LGBTQ peoples. Priority is given to critical thought, self-reflection in the form of personal narrative or memoir, and analysis of current social justice and political issues.
Please read the guidelines as outlined in this document before submitting to Th-Ink Queerly.
General Writing Guidelines
Your Article Title & Subtitle
Invest time writing — and rewriting — your title to encapsulates the theme of your article. People decide to read or NOT read your story based on the title. Titles with less than three words may be rejected. A subtitle offers the potential reader that little bit extra. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes and help them want to read your story.
Storytelling & Good Writing
Make your work easy to read and understand — make the complicated comprehensible. You don’t have to dumb it down, but you need to connect with your audience. Your article needs a clear premise and a solution. Tell us a good story if it’s an opinion piece (conflict/struggle — journey — resolution). Avoid unnecessary jargon and if using acronyms, spell it out in the first instance.
Required Tags for Th-Ink Queerly Submissions
Adding relevant tags to your post helps readers discover your work. Th-Ink Queerly requires a base of two Medium tags. You can (and should) add up to five tags per post.
- All posts submitted to Th-Ink Queerly require the tag: LGBTQ.
- Next, choose only one of the following tags: “Social Justice”, “Identity”, or “Equality”.
- Finally, choose three more tags that best represent your work. For example:
Politics, Leadership, Diversity, Critical Thinking, Activism, Prejudice, Homophobia, History, Coming Out, Identity, Gender, Personal Growth, This Happened to Me, Self-Awareness, Sex, Health, AIDS, HIV/AIDS, OnThisDay, Transgender, Queer, etc.
Formatting Your Submission
Article Title and Subtitle
- Place the title and subtitle ABOVE the header image. Use H1 for the title and H2 for the subtitle.
Article Header Image (Required)
- The title image must be out-set to a maximum of 2040px and must be landscape orientation. Avoid text in your header image.
- Have permission to use all images and cite attribution in the image caption area. You can find royalty-free images here: Unspash.com and Pexels.com.
- Write shorter paragraphs, but not single sentence paragraphs. Most readers on Medium use their smart phone. Paragraphs that are too long tire the eye and cause readers to click away.
- Properly utilize native Medium formatting. Read the Medium help article, Editing & formatting.
- Edit your work 3–5 times. I cannot stress this enough! The biggest reasons for rejection are: sloppy writing, bad grammar, incorrect punctuation, spelling errors, or a lack of direction and clarity. Use Hemingway or Grammarly to proof your work before submitting. Finally, read your work aloud as part of the final editing process.
- Submissions are edited for spelling, grammar, formatting, accuracy, references, critical thinking, logic, and readability. Significant edits will be discussed via private notation with the author before publishing.
- Cite quotes and references with the author’s name and a hyperlink to the original. Include additional resources at the end of your post if necessary.
- Author bylines are permitted with hyperlinks to your non-medium website and social media accounts. Products or service promotions are not permitted.
- Submissions are reviewed and published every 3–5 days. Only unpublished posts will be accepted.
- Read this article from the Medium Writers Team, If You Are Looking to Write for Publications, Start Here.
Th-Ink Queerly Contributor Application
For the application you will need to provide the following:
- A unpublished article in draft on Medium for to be considered as your first submission, and;
- Two links to your “Queer writing” on Medium or elsewhere.
Once accepted as a contributor, you will get a notification from Medium. You will then need to submit your draft to Th-Ink Queerly for publication by follow ing these instructions.
Publisher, Th-Ink Queerly