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, many of whom have moved on to write and work in other areas of the comics industry. We’re always looking to publish new voices. (Or old ones. Did you write for us before? You’re always welcome here!) Don’t let a lack of experience put you off — we’re looking for good ideas expressed engagingly, not big names, and our editors will work with you to help you hone your critical writing skills. 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 links to 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, Manga and 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.
Nola Pfau, Features Editor and EiC
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.
Kate Tanski, Comics Academe Editor
Are you a librarian? An academic? Do you want to write about comics through that lens? Kate wants you.
Gretchen Smail, Moving Pictures Editor
Tell Gretchen why everyone’s wrong about your favorite movie, or why that super popular show is actually the worst! Great acting, bad writing, or vice versa? If you have a pitch about anything related to geeky movies or TV shows, Gretchen is the person you want to talk to!
WWAC’s book section wants all things literary and 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? We are also all about reviews and book news. We love 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. We’re 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?
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.