Do you have a great idea for a WWAC article? An essay or review we’d be interested in running?
WWAC is a DIY effort for which nobody gets paid. This site is a loudspeaker for women and nonbinary people; it is not a payday. Nevertheless, it’s not all bad. You write with us and you get editorial feedback (our editors, likewise, do not get paid), community, a respectable byline on an Eisner-nominated site, and the knowledge that you said what you wanted to say. For us, it’s worth it — if it sounds worth it to you too, come on in.
WWAC has published almost 300 women and nonbinary writers. We’re always looking to publish new voices. (Or old ones. Did you write for us once and then leave? Come back!) Don’t let a lack of experience put you off — we’re looking for good ideas expressed engagingly, not big names. If you don’t feel represented within the comics industry and you want to represent yourself, we want to host you.
Pitches should include:
- A brief outline of your idea and why you think it’s great
- A little bit about you and what you’ve done before
- Some suggestion of the form and length your article might take
Typical word counts on WWAC:
- News pieces – 500 or fewer
- Reviews – 500 to 1500
- Essays – 1000 to infinity
Here’s what our section editors have to say about pitches:
Kayleigh Hearn, Reviews Editor
Do you see a comic on the shelf monthly at your local or on a major comic distribution site? Those are the reviews Kayleigh wants. If you have a subject in mind that’s great; if you’d just like to be assigned current books to review monthly (or more often?), just as fine. Get in touch.
Kat Overland, Small Press Editor
Kat wants reviews, interviews, and essays on comics published by independent and small publishers. This includes Kickstarters, webcomics, and zines. If you’re not sure? Ask. Is This Indie? Pitches accepted on case by case basis.
Heather Wells, Comics Features Editor
What is a “feature”? Why isn’t it a review? It’s all down to focus. A feature (1) makes a statement about something other than the overall craftsmanship of a comic, and (2) a feature is not obliged to cover either a single book alone or all of one book’s parts. “Look at what comics can do or mean, and how, and also why!” What are you mad about? What are you pleased about? What are you impressed with? What are you interested in? Writing a feature is starting your half of the conversation about comics you’re dreaming of having. Features include essays, interviews, and more.
Christa Seeley, Bookmarked Editor
As one of the editors of WWAC’s Book section Christa loves all things literary and she wants book lovers of all shapes, sizes, identities, and genre interests to come together to find all the hidden gems of the literary world. Is there an underrated author you want to feature? A book you really loved? A trope you really hate? A list of read alikes or recommendations? Those are the pitches she wants! Christa’s specific area of interest for book pitches include science fiction and fantasy (all age ranges), picture books, poetry, non-fiction, indie presses and Star Wars.
Paige Allen, Bookmarked Editor
As the second-in-command for WWAC’s book section, Paige is all about reviews and book news. She loves hearing about books that have inspired, shocked, or enraged you — and it doesn’t matter whether that book came out just yesterday, or twenty years ago. Paige is also interested in all the publishing industry developments that you’re interested in. Is there a book award announcement that surprised you? Did you attend a book convention and have some thoughts about the event? Tell her all about it. Paige’s specific area of interest for book pitches include queer fiction, young adult fiction, horror, authors of color, and superheroes.
Kate Tanski, Comics Academe Editor
Are you a librarian? An academic? Do you want to write about comics through that lens? Kate wants you.
Do you have a great webcomic we should be covering? A touring author we should talk to?
There’s so much great content coming out every month and so many cool comics events going down that we can’t keep up with them! We absolutely welcome story pitches from creators, retailers, and publicists.
Should we be on your press list? Do you want to send us review PDFs?
We love review PDFs! And press lists! Wild, we know. If you’re a publisher or independent creator who thinks your stuff would be right up our alley, get in touch! It is far easier for us to cover you if you send us your books — access is so practical.