Write for us.
Thanks for your interest in Culturally Modified. We are a quarterly online publication sharing stories and inspiration about the management of our cultural resources, both physical and intangible. Our writers are people-loving, culture-obsessed, enthusiasm-wielding life-embracers of all stripes. Our readers live within British Columbia, Canada and far beyond; they are looking to absorb more of the world around them through research, stories, news and mixed media.
Until May 31, we’re accepting pitches for our summer issue, themed Water: Who has the right to own and regulate this life-giving resource? If the UN has declared clean water a basic human right, why can’t we provide it to every community across Canada? What happens when corporate interests begin buying up water resources? These are just to get you thinking—let your imagination run wild and send us your pitches! But, first, read more about us below…
Everything we cover falls under three categories—research, stories and experience—and revolves around culture, cultural resource management, or how cultures intertwine in our modern world. Our articles range from a few hundred to about 1,000 words, depending on topic and content. (If you submit a piece that provides an overview of a larger research document, we’d be happy to share a link to the original.)
When pitching, let us know a little about yourself, such as your experience as a writer and with the topic. Outlining your idea, let us know how many words you plan on submitting, where in our publication you think it would fit and whether there are photos available to accompany the piece. Culturally Modified is a visually driven website and we give precedence to stunning imagery. Your topic should fit with one of the following headings:
Research: We are pleased to publish pieces of original research, whether academic, applied or otherwise. While we expect rigorous research methods and objective reporting of results, we would rather not need a dictionary to interpret your findings, so please write in plain English: use instead of utilize, here instead of herein, start not commence. Don’t even get us started on irregardless.
Stories: Articles falling under our Stories category tend to be more newsy and current. They can be first-person accounts, but more often are journalistic-style pieces that report on something related to culture or cultural resource management, either in Canada or abroad. We expect to see full credit for any facts or materials used through quotes and attribution.
Experience: This is where we get personal: Experience stories can be first person, or they can share the experiences of someone else. Bring us a conversation with a respected elder, reflections on the life of someone who’s contributed deeply to his or her community, or intimate details about your last cultural awakening. This is where we share both opinions and our most profound insights.
Culturally Modified prefers writing that is smart but easily digestible. Our readers want to learn and be challenged, but they don’t want to wade through an avalanche of verbiage to get there. We are also a multi-media publication, so pitches for audio interviews, short videos and photos essays are welcome.
If you have an idea that you think would fit our publication, drop us a note and introduce yourself! We’re always on the lookout for interesting people with engaging prose and fresh worldviews. As a non-profit society, we do pay our writers an honourarium, although we offer the opportunity to become a supporter by donating it back to the publication! Please note that payments outside Canada can only be processed by Canadian cheque or PayPal account.
We ask for your patience during up to two rounds of edits before a piece is accepted for publication (we want it to be perfect for our readers!) and note that, once published, we cannot change, alter or remove a piece of writing posted to our website. Please ensure your draft is complete when submitting. We reserve the right to include appropriate images that fit the theme and content of the piece, if none are made available.
Culturally Modified buys first print and online serial rights within Canada, which are paid upon acceptance of your submission. Although we will initially publish your piece online, popular articles may also appear in a print anthology. We reserve the right to reproduce text and images for advertising purposes or promoting your work on social media.
Thanks for your interest. Please contact us with your pitches. We look forward to hearing from you!