What Can You Write About?

In short... Anything you want! We cover a wide range of subjects from the news, politics, visual culture, music, poetry, short stories, film, and television. The world is your oyster. However, we do have a few suggestions on what we are looking for to help you submit your work.

General Suggestions

Some things to consider before sending in your work
  • While we don't have a set word limit, we do suggest that contributors write approximately 1000-2500 words per piece (excluding works of poetry).
  • Check your work for grammar & spelling. We don't mind some mistakes - we all make them! However, we do appreciate it when submissions are well written and an effort has been made to clear up any silly errors.
  • Make sure to include both a headline & byline in your article. While we may change these components in order to better connect with our audience, providing these details will help us to easily understand your work.
  • If you have used a source to make a point within your article, then you should use a keyword in your text as a hyperlink.
  • If you would like to include a Tweet/Facebook/Instagram post or YouTube/Vimeo/Bitchute Video in your article, please place the URL below the paragraph you would like to display it under.

Where & How Should I Send In My Work?

A few instructions on
  • Your email should be addressed to: newsdesk@mouthingoffmagazine.com
  • Your email should be Carbon Copied (CC) to an Editor appropriate to your article (see our Contact Us page for these details).
  • Your Email Subject should be titled: ARTICLE SUBMISION: (*INSERT CATEGORY*).
  • Your Article should be attatched to the email directly in a word document format.
  • If you have non-copyright images that you would like to have featured within your work, then feel free to attatch these to your email.
  • While you don't have to write us a message, we are always interested to hear more about you, your experience, and what you are getting up to. We like to have a relationship with our writers to get to know them and their work better!

A Guide For Politics & News Writers:

To make both your and our lives easier we have provided you with a writing guide for each of our different categories. Here are our guidlines for all you Politics & News people.

#1 STAY OBJECTIVE

Opinions are great... But facts are better.

We understand that everyone has their own opinions. Whether your Left/Right, Tory/Labour, Republican/Democrat, etc. it shouldn't matter, we want to hear from you. However, when it comes to our articles we want to stay as objective as humanly possible. This isn't because we don't care about your opinion - because we certainly do. Albeit, we feel that our readers deserve enough respect to make their minds up on each issue by themselves, rather than being lectured to on how they should think and feel.

#2 OPINIONS ARE FINE! HUH? WAIT A SECOND?

Well this is awkward...

Confusing huh? Well, it's actually quite simple, so bear with us. Look we understand, you're students you want to shout, scream, and Mouth Off at people and the world around you, and we are happy to provide you with the platform to do so, so long as you make it clear to our viewers that this is what your doing. We're tired of articles being paraded as un-biased news stories, when they are just another vehicle for a writer to tell the audience what they think on a certain issue. If you are going to write an opinion piece, make this clear to us and the viewer - let them know that this is just your take on a matter, rather than the full story.

#3 Research, Research, Research

No Fake News here please.

We are fully aware that in this current climate it is difficult to always know what is true, false, or something inbetween. All of us will inevitably make mistakes and have to correct ourselves as new evidence comes to light. However, this doesn't mean that we can get lazy and not try to research what we are writing in order to make the most accurate article possible. Make sure to double check what you are writing, if you make a claim based on prior research/evidence make sure to note your source by hyperlinking a keyword in your text. This will allow us and our viewers to easily check, understand, and learn more about your article.

#4 A New Perspective

We don't want a copy and paste job!

Let's get real. There are thousands of other magazines & hundreds-of-thousands of other writers covering the same issues that you will likely want to cover daily. If your article is going to stand out, we must create an interesting and well researched article that is different to all of the other stuff out there. While this may initially seem like an impossible task, it isn't as difficult as you might think. Just because a certain issue is being highly discussed, this doesn't mean that you can't talk about it from a different angle. There are always new perspectives and ideas to explore within an issue. All we're asking is to think outside the box.

A Guide For Visual Culture Writers:

To make both your and our lives easier we have provided you with a writing guide for each of our different categories. Here are our guidlines for all you Artsy types.

#1 Your Article Should Be An Article

As much as we love academic essays, we are a magazine.

The majority of people who are currently working on Mouthing Off Magazine either have or are studying for a Bachelors, Masters, or a PhD. We are by no means haters of the academic style. However, we feel that it is in our viewers interest for them to not have to wade through long, often overly detailed descriptions and analyses of artworks. Reading Mouthing Off Magazine should be both interesting and fun, and while academic essays are often the former, they rarely inspire the later. We want your articles about visual culture to be well researched, yet lighter than what you would get set for your weekly readings!

#2 Your Subject Should Be Tied To The Present, Not The Past

While we appreciate all things, both old and new, our content is focused on what happening now.

At the end of the day, we are a magzine that covers what is happening now. We are always keen to reflect upon older ideas, artists, works, or news, so long as it has an element that bears on the wolrd around us today. This does not mean that we won't take submissions on Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, etc. It just means that if you do wish to discuss older works that their should be a contemporary reason for doing so.

#3 Be Creative

Think outside the box to find alternative interpretations and question what has already been discussed.

Don't just stick to the accepted narrative. If you see something new, question, explore, and challenge it. We want all of our visual culture articles to dig deeper than those that have currently been released. Rather than just providing the news, you should be making it through research and your own analysis.

#4 Don't Just Pick The Easy Targets!

Talking about Banksy is all well and good, but there are millions of artists out there that do not see the light of day.

We want you to be artistic explorers. While we are always more than happy to talk about what is popular or on trend, we too are interested in the strange, unique, and unheard of. The internet has provided many with the potential to share their artwork. Yet, there are so many artists which have been lost in the many manifolds of the web. We want you to go out and find these interesting characters and report back to us!

A Guide For Short Story Writers

To make both your and our lives easier we have provided you with a writing guide for each of our different categories. Here are our guidlines for all of you who have your head in the clouds.

#1 There Are Multiple Ways To Tell A Story

You don't always have to pick the same length, narrative structure, or character arc.

Tell the story you want to tell. We don't require a particular format, genre, or character type. Whether it's sci-fi, fantasy, or horror, a screenplay or a short story series - it's up to you! We want to hear your tales in the way you want to tell them.

#2 Think Outside The Box

We want to hear new stories, not re-hashed material that was created by someone else.

While all stories have influences and inspirations, it is rare to find great stories that directly and quite obviously lift from previously established creations. We want you to find your own voice, through the creation of unique characters and story structures.

#3 Word Count?

Do I have to limit my writing?

We don't set any specific word count for our Story Writers here at Mouthing Off Magazine. However, if it is your first time writing for us, we do suggest sticking to a word limit of one-to-four thousand words for a contained single story. This allows us to get a feel for your work more easily and provide us with enough time to discuss longer written projects with you in person.

A Guide For Poets:

To make both your and our lives easier we have provided you with a writing guide for each of our different categories. Here are our guidlines for all of you who love to rhyme... or not.

#1 Every Word Counts!

Poetry is all about the beauty of language, so choose your words wisely.

Here at Mouthing Off Magazine we want beautiful poetry. While your poetic content can be ugly, we want each word and phrase to shine with something special. You should be considering every word you use and each rhyming couplet. Unless you're Bob Dylan it's unlikely that you're going to write a 'Blowing in the Wind' in less than twenty minutes, so please take your time to reflect upon and condense your ideas into something magical.

#2 The Format

Epic, Sonnet, Haiku, Villanelle, Soliloquy, or Limerick?

There are so many different types of poetry to explore, so experiment! We're not adverse to any form or style of poetry, so feel free to send us in whatever you so choose. For us the format isn't important - what is, is the quality of the work you have produced.

#3 Subject Matter

We've read poems about love, roses, and loss a million times before. This doesn't mean that we won't take submissions based on such classic poetical content, however, if you do decide to follow these tried and tested formulas then be sure to put your own take on these subjects to give them the life that they deserve.

A Guide For Music, Film & Television Writers:

To make both your and our lives easier we have provided you with a writing guide for each of our different categories. Here are our guidlines for all of those who love their television & headphones.

#1 We're Not Just Looking For Reviews

Reviews are great - we love them, but there are so many other things that you can do!

We love a good music, film or TV review. It's great to hear what you think about the latest actors, artists, tracks, albums, films or television shows. However, we don't want these categories to simply be reviews. There are so many more areas to discuss! Whether this be news, interviews with artists, a discussion on a particular musical/film issue, etc. Ultimately, write about what you are interested in, if there is something you think you can add to the conversation then now is your time to Mouth Off about it.

#2 A Word Limit?

Unlike many of our other categories we actually suggest a word limit here.

While we have said throughout that we do not uphold a strict word limits, for Music, Film & Television Reviews (other forms outside of reviews are exempt) we suggest that you stick to 1000 words. Although we are always keen to keep things flexible and open, we have found that viewers prefer to read reviews that are to the point and let them know whether they should spend their hard earned money and time listening/watching the content you are discussing, rather than having to wade through a long analysis to see if it is any good.

#3 We Don't Want To See The Words 'Good' Or 'Bad'

If you are intending to write a review, make sure to use specific langauge rather than making a general statement.

When writing a review for the latest album, film or show, make sure to use specific language and make a direct point. Our readers won't be interested if you just label the artwork 'good' or 'bad', you need to explain what part(s) you did and did not like and the reasoning behind this opinion. More importantly than your personal opinion, is to summarise the film/music, who worked on it, its production, and overall background story. This will set the scene for the reader and allow them to make their own mind up on whatever subject you decide to pick up.