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Beyond Slavery submission guidelines

3 October 2014

Do you want to contribute?

We are a digital space that brings together academics, activists and citizens to explore and illuminate the root causes and consequences of severe labour exploitation and domination in our societies, and to advocate for substantive solutions to them. 

We are interested in receiving 700-1000 word, op-ed-style submissions that offer timely, high-quality analysis of relevant issues or respond to our published articles. We will also consider multimedia submissions, such as videos, podcasts, or photo essays.

Those interested should follow our submissions guidelines and send their work to Beyond.Slavery@openDemocracy.net

Submission guidelines

Our work is aimed at a general international audience. We want to see critical, original pieces written to engage with an intelligent but non-specialist readership. Your political standpoint is unimportant, though it is crucial that you engage with the articles and subjects featured here, or with recent developments that are topical and relevant. We will consider all submissions but reserve the right to select what we publish. Quality is key, and editorial decisions will be final. We expect good use of hyperlinks and referencing when appropriate, and request that jargon be avoided or clearly explained.

Submissions should be between 700-1000 words in length, and include:

  1. Two suggestions for short, intriguing titles
  2. A 30-40 word summary, designed to draw readers (and editors!) in;
  3. A short author biography, including your affiliation, and links to your website and twitter handle if you have them.

Finally, following The Guardian, be aware that ‘Good writing is simple writing…Read, re-read and strike out repetition, avoid or explain cultural references and any acronyms you use. Always remember George Orwell's six golden rules:

  1.  Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous’!
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