Submissions to Inquire Magazine
If you’re a writer, photographer, multimedia journalist or any breed of inquisitive artist, we would like to see your work. We mostly consider journalism, photo-essays, features and comment pieces but we’re happy to consider any medium of content as long as it’s relevant to the magazine and our style.
Defining the kind of work we want to publish is difficult, and there isn’t a rulebook, but the best way to establish whether your work is suitable to Inquire is to read the magazine. Click the picture below to head over to our Facebook page where we publish exclusive previews of upcoming stories.
Details about submitting your work are at the bottom of this page.
Here are some more guidelines for those interested in working with Inquire:
Photographers & Visual Artists
Although your work doesn’t need to be reportage in the style that’s typical of Time or National Geographic, it must be honest and tell a compelling story. Photographs should generally have minimal manipulation and editing and should be able to stand up to scrutiny from judges and editors. Story is king on the pages of Inquire. Any visual submission must have meaning and intention and we will not publish sets of pictures simply because they are pretty. Those wishing to submit photo-essays are far more likely to be published if they can provide text that develops the context of the story, either written by you or another journalist.
Diversify & Experiment
Inquire also encourages contributors to experiment with different mediums and practice multi-skilled storytelling. We are extra keen to see contributors with various talents; photographers who can write well and journalists who can take great pictures or shoot a decent video to accompany their story. Our digital platform means we can really experiment with different media so if you don’t already record audio and video, now is a great time to start!
Writers & Journalists
We recommend usage of quotes and data should you need to defend your report or argument. Of course, there is always a danger of sparking a debate about the nature of “truth” but what we want more than anything is for you to be fair in your writing, and make sure it can withstand critique.
When writing a piece for Inquire, ask yourself these questions:
- Is this a challenging, inspiring and/or interesting topic that’s likely to appeal to the Inquire readership?
- Am I giving voice to a neglected, misrepresented or under-reported issue?
- Is my piece powerful & passionate as well as truthful and fair?
- Is this something you are unlikely to read about in the “mainstream” media?
- Can you supplement the article with images, audio, art or video?
If you can answer yes to any or all of the above points, then your piece would probably be of interest to us and you should get in touch.
One of our founding principles is that in order for independent reporting to survive, it must be valued and appreciated.
Initially, we are using a scheme of revenue-sharing. We split any sales revenue generated by the magazine with the issue’s contributors. For now, in our early days with little start-up capital, we believe this is a fair method of payment and a great way of getting our contributors actively involved in the progression, development & success of the magazine.
We’re also launching an Inquire “Photo Shop” where photographers & artists have the chance to sell prints of their work via Inquire’s online store and get a 50% share of any profit. On top of this, we have just launched the $5000 Inquisitive Photography Prize which all photographers are shortlisted for upon their selection for the magazine.
To have your work considered for publication in Inquire Magazine, please send a short proposal or sample of the proposed work to email@example.com
Proposals or samples should be in the form of a single attached Word or PDF document. Relevant pictures should be included in this document. If proposing a video, please email an introduction to the project and a link.
Due to the high volume of submissions we cannot always reply to every email, but we will try. If your work is of interest, an editor will get in touch to discuss details!