Can I submit if I don’t identify as a feminist or a woman?
Absolutely. While at its core Hoax is a feminist publication, we understand that the term is seen as inflexible to some and we believe that “feminisms” come in a variety of forms. We are very aware of the history of people who self-identify as feminist using their alignment with the word to exclude, bar, or intimidate women of color, trans women, gender variant individuals, disabled folks, those of low-income, and other people of marginalized groups from communities, spaces, and circles that are supposedly feminist. We’re also pretty fed up with the tendency for feminist zines to do this and strive to make Hoax a space where people of all genders and backgrounds can discuss the intricacies of their life experiences, feelings, and knowledges.
What kinds of submissions are you looking for?
We are open to a variety of submissions. In the past, we have published personal narratives, interviews, academic essays, poems, short stories, photographs, colleges, comic excerpts, and more — but most of the zine’s space is earmarked for essay-type submissions . We are always in need of artwork that can be used as background images to complement the text.
What should I send along with my submission?
When e-mailing your material, we ask that you include your mailing address and a 50-words-or-less bio about yourself written in the third person. If your submission is chosen, we will include the bio in the “About the Contributors” section of the zine! Please note that because of the dozens of contributors included in each issue, we have to be very strict about the length of bios – we’re serious about keeping it under 50 words! Feel free to include your contact info such as an e-mail address or website URL if you are interested in potentially being contacted directly by readers.
How long would you like written material to be?
In general, we prefer to publish material that is between one and five pages single spaced in size 12 Times New Roman font. Please note that when we accept longer submissions, we have less space for other contributors to be published!
What should I be aware of when submitting material?
Here at the “offices” of Hoax, we welcome submissions that may be very intense, emotional, controversial, and personal. However, we ask that contributors use trigger warnings when e-mailing us such pieces. One of the benefits of collaborating on this project is that we can split up material that is particularly upsetting or unnerving to either of us. This helps ensure that the reviewing and editing process is emotionally safe and does not interfere with our decision making.
Do you make suggested edits on written pieces?
Yes. We offer edits on most submissions in the hopes that readers with a variety of lived experiences and reading comprehension skills will be able to fully grasp the depth of your piece. Please be flexible and willing to work with us if we make changes or offer suggestions. We will absolutely not print anything that you do not fully approve of, and are willing to work with potential contributors throughout all stages of the writing process.
You claim to work with contributors during every stage of the writing process. What does this mean?
We are open to working with contributors during the writing process as closely as preferred. In the past, we have read over potential ideas for submissions, co-written drafts of submissions via email, provided multiple rounds of editing, and met with select potential contributors in person. Please note that we are both very busy and we can only commit to helping you write if you are committed to submitting.
How will I know if my material is chosen?
If your material is chosen, we will contact you with an acceptance e-mail. Please be aware that it sometimes takes us a long time to respond—the two of us also work / are in school and have a number of other responsibilities. We also try to wait until we have received numerous submissions before making any final decisions. Feel free to contact us if you have not heard a response.
Why was my submission rejected?
There are a variety of reasons why we choose not to publish every piece we receive. Sometimes, we do not have enough space for all of the content that we receive and choose to prioritize pieces that we feel best complement the other work in the issue while sticking to the underlying theme, or consider pieces based on what we received first. Other times, we feel that certain submissions would benefit from edits or revisions. If your piece is not printed, we highly encourage you to re-submit to a future issue. We will prioritize working with you to make edits or revisions, if needed.
What incentives do you offer contributors?
Because of the not-for-profit nature of Hoax and the consistently low price we sell the zine for, we are unable to pay contributors for their work. We immensely regret this, especially since we collectively work 45-50 unpaid hours a week on Hoax — to compensate the contributors whose work we accept for print, we offer one complementary copy of the zine they are published in, one Hoax pin, and the ability to promote their feminist- and queer-centered projects/efforts/events through our monthly Hoax mailing list for life.