Ideas & Submissions

Twin Cities Pride Magazine exists to amply voices from every part of Minnesota’s LGBTQ+ community. We understand that representation in media makes a difference, and we know that the amount of local media space for queer voices to tell the stories relevant to their experience is severely limited. We want this magazine to be part of a growing movement that corrects this underrepresentation, and we need your help to make that happen.

Upcoming Issue Themes and Deadlines:

Fall 2020: “Space”

This issue is about space. Space to grieve and to be heard. Space to breathe. Space to take up. Space to share and to listen. The space of six feet away from one another, and the space between our communities. Space to grow and learn. Space to come together even when we’re not together.

Common space. Personal space. Sacred space.

Tell us about this summer in the Twin Cities. Tell us about the spaces you occupy and how you’d like to expand that space. Tell us how we can help you do that.

  • Pitch deadline: July 1, 2020
  • Street date: September 8, 2020
Submission Guidelines:

We want to hear your story. We want to know who is making a change in your community. We want to know how you’re tackling an important issue in a new and innovative way. We want to hear about your experiences, from grand ideas to everyday life.

Let us into your world. Here’s are a few ways to do that:

Feature Articles

This magazine would not exist without original reporting. If you are a freelance writer and have a great idea for an article, send us a pitch that includes the following details:

  • The name of the person, group, or issue you’d like to profile and why. Tell us, in a few sentences, how it’s different, new, engaging, or otherwise noteworthy.
  • The proposed length of the piece (feature articles generally run between 1,000 and 1,500 words) and your customary rate. (Writers are compensated and retain copyright to their work.)
  • Links to any previous press on the same subject, with an explanation of how your angle is different/better.
  • Links to your personal website, portfolio, or copies of your resume, if applicable.
Op/Eds

We recognize that some stories are best told straight from the source. That’s why we reserve space in our pages for folks to promote their own work in the form of an op/ed. This is a great opportunity for an author to talk about their new book, a theater to discuss the incredible backstory of an upcoming performance, or an organization to raise awareness about their unique mission.

Link: View the op/ed archives here

Because of the promotional nature of op/eds, we do not offer compensation for them (however, they aren’t subject to as rigorous an editing process as feature articles, as is fitting with the nature of the opinion format.)

You may submit completed op/eds, maximum 500 words in length. TCPM is happy to consider every op/ed for publication, both in print and online, but does not guarantee each submission will be published (unless otherwise agreed to by the editors).

If the op/ed is selected for publication, TCPM may require the author to submit images for publication as well.

Personal Essay

We also publish feature-length essays that meditate on an author’s personal experience. These essays deal with an extraordinary circumstance—a facet of the author’s life or work that is not only foundational to their own being but illuminates a larger issue in the LGBTQ+ community.

Examples: “I Was Breath, Muscle and Bone” by D. Allen. and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” by Kenny Francoeur.

TCPM publishes very few feature essays, which are fully edited by our staff and for which the author receives compensation. But if you think your story fits with our issue theme and would be of service to the community at large, we invite you to submit the full essay, maximum length 2,000 words, to editor@tcpridemag.com.

Art and Photography

We’re lucky to be in a Metro area that’s full of creative visual artists. If you would like to be considered for illustration and photography assignments, please send us an email with the following:

  • Links to the images or artwork, if they’re already completed.
  • Links to your portfolio, personal website, or examples of previous work on other sites.
  • Information about your general availability for assignments (days/nights, weekday/weekend, location/ability to travel, etc.), if applicable.
  • Your customary rate (either hourly or per assignment).
  • Any information we should know about your preferred medium/aesthetic, and editing and submission processes.
Other Ideas:

Do you have an idea for an article you’d like to read, but you don’t want (or have the ability) to execute the content yourself? We’d still love to hear from you. Drop us a line at editor@tcpridemag.com.