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.

Submission Guidelines:

We want to hear your story. Tell us about someone making a change in your community. Tell us about a business or organization that is tackling an issue in a new and innovative way. Tell us a story about your own life and work. Here are some of the ways you can just 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 a pitch to editor@tcpridemag.com 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.
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 the genesis of 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, to editor@tcpridemag.com. TCPM is happy to consider every op/ed for publication, both in print and online, but does not guarantee each submission will be published. If the op/ed is selected for publication, TCPM may require the author to submit images for publication as well.

Personal Essay

In some cases, we 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 an email to editor@tcpridemag.com with the following:

  • A resume with 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.)
  • Your customary rate (either hourly or per assignment) and any information we should know about your preferred medium/aesthetic, and editing and submission processes.
Upcoming Issue Themes and Deadlines:

TCPM will accept ideas and pitches on any topic at any time. But here are the issues for which we are still accepting pitches in 2019:

Winter 2019: Holiday Guide (Street Date: November 11)

  • A guide for holiday festivities and entertaining, a 2019 retrospective, a look back at local luminaries who did great things this year, plus a “buy local” gift guide that highlights queer-owned and -allied businesses.
  • Pitch deadline: September 15.
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.