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.
Where & How Should I Send In My Work?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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?
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!
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
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
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?
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'
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.