Aaniin, boozhoo, tansi! My name is Tara Williamson and I’m a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and was raised in Gaabishkigamaag (Swan Lake, Manitoba). I’m excited to be your Editor here at Indian and Cowboy.
Our goal is to stay true to the moniker “Think” and publish work that engages ideas in a way that is provocative and relevant for Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island and the world. We are interested in pieces that not only address things that affect us in the here and now, but also that will continue to affect us into the future. What do we need to start talking about NOW to anticipate our lives in 5 years? 10 years? 150 years? We are open to various mediums and will consider pitches on a case by case basis.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We currently publish pieces that fit within the following frameworks:
“Notes From The Field”
These segments are meant to capture what is happening on the ground in Indigenous communities. They can be interviews, stories, or photo essays that tell the world about the issues that matter to you. We are particularly interested in pitches from emerging writers and youth. Interviews should be no more than 20 minutes and written pieces should be between 800 – 1200 words.
“Five Questions With……”
These interviews are focused on the work and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples across Canada. They are meant to be brief but intimate conversations that capture the diversity of Indigenous thought, activism, and scholarship in various disciplines. The interviewee should be someone who has already been recognized for their contributions to their field. These interviews should be less than 30 minutes in length.
These are articles and commentary about any issue you believe in passionately and want to tell the world about. It should be a subject area you are well-versed in and something you can tell us about or analyse in 1000 – 1500 words.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU TO CONSIDER YOUR PITCH
Some things that will help your pitch:
- Keep it brief – 250 words or less should suffice. For interview pitches, please include your proposed questions and a brief bio of your interviewee.
- Be novel & forward thinking – Again, we’re interested in more than just the current hot topics, we want to see original thought and a connection to the future.
- Be as specific as possible – We want to have a pretty good idea of where you’re going – “Indigenous issues” isn’t specific enough, for example
- Include a bio – Tell us who you are in 50 words.
Send a sample:
Been published? Send a link to a sample of your work (or a PDF attachment). Haven’t been published? That’s ok! We’re excited to publish new writers. Just write your pitch in your own style and show us your strengths!
We pay writers/interviewers for any piece that is published on our website. Because we are a new startup, we are limited by a monthly budget and can only commission a certain number of pitches per month. Of course, we’re looking to change that as our business grows.
Interested? Got questions?
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.