Contributor Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing an article for us! Anime Feminist publishes a range of feminist critique and welcomes diverse opinions. This includes those which challenge articles we have already published or the opinions of anyone on the Anime Feminist team

Who should pitch to Anime Feminist?

You are not required to disclose your identity to write for Anime Feminist; the strength of the pitch will be our highest consideration. All being equal though, we will choose to publish the work of someone from a marginalized background (women, people of color, LGBTQ+ etc).

While not a requirement, we will prioritize those who already have blogs containing feminist content on anime or manga. We want to showcase people who are already writing in this space or encourage people to start writing in this space.

We support the use of pseudonyms, understanding that you may be concerned about backlash, want your writing here to remain disconnected from your writing elsewhere or wish to write about something very personal. Only the editor-in-chief has access to the Anime Feminist inbox, and if you make this request in your pitch your identity will not be disclosed to anyone else without your express permission.

You are not required to identify as a feminist to write for Anime Feminist, just to be aligned with feminist principles of social justice and equality.

We encourage pitches from potential contributors who are 21 or older.

What should you pitch on? 

We aim for a content breakdown of roughly 40% anime, 40% manga and 20% other Japanese pop culture (video games, live action television and cinema, fashion, art, music etc).

There are currently fewer manga submissions than any other kind, so we will prioritize pitches on manga. In particular, we hope to publish more articles on josei or shojo titles, and female or otherwise marginalized creators. Anime pitches will be more competitive, and we will prioritize pitches on shows or films which do not yet have an in-depth feature on Anime Feminist.

Your proposal should fit into one of the following categories:

  • Features: articles 1,000 to 2,000 words long that explore a topic related to anime and feminism in depth. It can include an contributor’s opinion and personal anecdotes. Example: How fan service can attract or repel an audience, and how to tell the difference
  • Interviews: articles around 1,000 words long that are written in a Q&A format in which the contributor interviews a primary source knowledgeable on some aspect of Japanese pop culture from a feminist perspective. Example: Minami Sakai, independent manga artist.
  • History: articles 1,000 to 2,000 words long that take an older anime series (ideally pre-2000) and examine a character, plot point or scene under a feminist lens. Example: Noa’s Imposter Syndrome in Patlabor
  • My Fave is Problematic: articles around 1,000 words long that explore both the positive and problematic aspects of a distinctly un-feminist anime or manga you can’t help but love. Example: School Days
  • Fan vs Service: visual analysis of minimum 1,000 words that compares two anime, two manga, or source material and its adaptation in another medium. This comparison should demonstrate how choices such as character design and shot composition affect the representation of women or other marginalized figures. All screenshots must be provided by the contributor and come from legal sources, such as Crunchyroll, Funimation or DVDs. Example: Black Lagoon vs Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Perspectives: articles around 1,000 words long that focus on the feminist-relevant impact a particular series or character had on the writer. These are personal essays meant to highlight a variety of voices and experiences.
  • Sakuga: articles on such topics as animators, animation and the animation industry of minimum 700 words. If you are interested in this area, please read about our Women in Sakuga Programme for more details on how we are working to increase the number of women (and other people who are not cisgender men) creating content in this space.

All pitches should be for one-off articles; unfortunately we do not have the funding to accept pitches for regular columns at this time.

How do you pitch?

All pitches should be through our submissions form. Extenuating circumstances aside, anyone pitching through other means such as email or Twitter will be redirected to this form.

If you are applying to take part in our Women in Sakuga Programme you must also fill in our submissions form as standard. However, we will be more flexible on items such as links to previous work and pitch ideas so please don’t let these elements prevent you from applying.

Due to the number of submissions we receive it is unfortunately not possible to respond to every query. If you have not heard from us after a week, please follow up through our general contact form. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours of your follow-up, please feel free to submit your article idea elsewhere.

We prefer that you do not submit completed work, so that our editors can collaborate with you at the earliest stages to ensure your articles will be the strongest possible fit for Anime Feminist.

All contributions must be written in English, but we welcome submissions from contributors who may need extra support with spelling and grammar for any reason.

We welcome submissions from potential contributors with disabilities which require extra accommodations we have not covered here. The strength of the pitch will be most important, and we will do everything in our power to help contributors turn an intriguing pitch into a great post.

If we do not accept your first pitches, please don’t be discouraged, and do pitch again! We may not reply because our pipeline is full for a few weeks, or we already have an article planned on the topic of your pitch, or simply because we are swamped. Give us a month or two to catch up then try again with some fresh ideas.

The editing process

(Please note that the process is slightly different if you are blogging as part of our Women in Sakuga Programme, please read our post on WiSP for more details.)

When you submit a pitch to Anime Feminist and it is accepted, you consent to working with a staff editor with the most relevant knowledge to your article.

You and your editor will work together to prepare a detailed outline you are both happy with. The editor will submit this outline to the editor-in-chief for approval. Once approved, the editor-in-chief will send you a commission statement including the agreed outline, rate of pay, and deadline.

Your editor will be your day-to-day contact, available to answer questions, offer advice and support, and read through any drafts. This editor will adjust your wording for readability and clarity, and ensure you are both happy with the final draft, which they will submit to the editor-in-chief for approval. 

Minor changes for style and tone at this stage are at the editor-in-chief’s discretion. Any requests for more significant changes will be passed to the editor, who will work with you to incorporate these requests into a new draft you are both happy with.

Once the editor-in-chief has approved your draft it will be scheduled for publication on Anime Feminist and promotion on social media. As soon as it has been published, you are welcome to include an extract on your own site and link to the full article on Anime Feminist.

Anime Feminist reserves the right to cancel a commission at any point before publication, or take down any article after publication. In these highly unlikely circumstances, the contributor will be paid at the rate agreed and free to post and promote their work elsewhere, but Anime Feminist will not host or promote their article.

Prospective contributors are required to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest. Failure to do so will result in prominently placed corrections. If an editor discovers plagiarism in the article, it will not be published, and the contributor will not be paid.

Payment and publication

Anime Feminist will pay contributors for all articles published on or after 1st January 2017. Payment is generally $50 for all articles and will be confirmed at the time of commission. Contributors must invoice Anime Feminist Ltd and will be paid within 30 days of publication.

After publication we encourage contributors to post an extract of their article on their own blog and link to the full article on Anime Feminist. 

If a contributor’s relationship with Anime Feminist ends, Anime Feminist retains the right to host all articles previously submitted and contributors do not lose the right to link to their work. We also retain the right to continue promoting their articles on social media at our discretion. 

If you’ve read our guidelines over, click here to submit your pitch!