Submission Guidelines (Updated)

The mission of SLC Speaks is to provide an online, accessible platform for SLC community members to freely speak their minds and talk about our community, through whatever medium(s) they choose. We are not affiliated with the Office of Admissions or Sarah Lawrence administration.

 The Process.

1.  Submit your draft or idea to slcspeaks@gm.slc.edu.

2.  An editor will create a Google Doc shared with you, the editor, and an editor-in-chief. 

The editor will make corrections and comments in “Suggesting Mode”—so that no change goes unapproved by you (yes, even spelling mistakes. We understand that sometimes you meant to spell a word incorrectly!).

(Depending on the nature of the piece, another editor may be asked to give the piece a look and make suggestions.)

3.  Submit accompanying artwork to slcspeaks@gm.slc.edu.

By “artwork,” we mean anything visual. A photo, a sketch, a painting, PhotoShop art... It must be original, non-copyrighted, approved work by an SLC community member—current students preferred, but alumni and professors are accepted.

You must email it as a separate file, in the highest quality/resolution possible. It is impossible to upload a good-quality version of artwork if we only have a copy of it pasted on Google Docs.

If the artwork must be scanned or photographed, let us know, and we will take care of that for you.

4.  We format the piece and send you screenshots of how it will look on the website  for your approval and/or notes.

5.  We publish and send you the link to the post!

When we publish is at our discretion, but we respect the time-sensitivity of certain article topics. Because the editing and formatting process takes at least a couple of days, keep in mind that we cannot publish the day after you submit, so plan ahead of time if you would like to write about a time-sensitive topic.

 Frequently Asked Questions. (FAQs).

What kind of mediums are acceptable for submissions?

Short answer: Anything.

Long answer: Written, visual, audio (e.g. a music playlist. Also, a podcast is in the works, so submit your ideas!), video (we don’t have an official video editor yet, but if you have an idea you’re really into, email us!), or a combination.

Can my piece be published anonymously?

Absolutely! Just let us know in your email that you would like to keep your identity confidential (or might, and haven’t decided yet.) Before we publish, you can decide whether you would like to be published under a particular pen name or just “Anonymous.” You also have time, throughout the editing process, to decide whether you would like to be anonymous or not.

Do I have to disclose content or trigger warnings?

We respect everyone’s sensitivities, and our editors and readers are no exception. Before passing a draft onto an editor, an editor-in-chief will review a piece for possible trigger and content warnings.

Having said this, please disclose possible CWs and TWs in the title. It just makes things easier for everyone.

What if I don’t have a draft, but just an idea for a piece? Or am unsure whether it’s okay to publish?

Send us an idea/rough draft! We can help you figure out the tone, etc.

 

 

 

 

I’m a visual artist and want to help writers with their accompanying artwork. How can I get involved?

Send us your name, contact info, and what medium(s) you use. We will contact you when we get a submission that needs accompanying art, and you can collaborate with them if you feel that it’s a good match.

 

 

What if I don’t have original artwork to accompany my written piece?

Reach out to your classmates! Hang around Heimbold! You can also email us—we know visual artists with whom we can connect you.

 

 

Why didn’t you publish my piece?

We are under no obligation to publish your work. While we draw candidness and showcase a diversity of voices within the SLC community, we find it legally, ethically, and/or morally in our and others’ best interests to politely decline certain submissions. For example: a review of the best bars in Bronxville, written by an 18-year-old. 

Yes, we love drama, but we don’t want to ruin people’s lives. Anything suggesting underage drinking, drug use, etc. is at the writer’s own risk.

Featured artwork by Emily Flahive

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