We want your stories & your love!
Besides its team of regular contributors, LeipGlo relies on its community of readers and supporters to keep producing fresh, relevant, exciting, quality content. This goes for story ideas, as well as for all the stories that are fit to write. We accept and encourage both, and you don’t need a journalism background to be published.
Our team are always open to suggestions on what you’d like us to cover and write about – as well as improve.
We want to have people of as many backgrounds as possible write for us, which means a diverse and representative range of ideas. You don’t need to be a Leipzig resident, though your content should be relevant for our audience somehow. (About 35% of our readers are in this region of Germany.)
We publish stories mostly in English (the primary language of 50% of our readers), but are open to publishing stories in German (25% of our readers), as well as other languages. This is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
We do not pay our writers monetary compensation at the moment. However, we are able to offer free tickets to events on some instances. Contributors can also get volunteer hours with us if their organization allows for it.
Themes we look for
- Music & movies (local and international)
- Arts & theater (locally shown)
- Politics (local and international)
- Travel & culture
- People & communities
- Local lifestyle & tips
- Food, drink & recipes
- Startups & business (with local connections)
A few guidelines for potential writers
1. Send us your story idea first
Please don’t just write a story and send it to us. First we’d like to hear what it is or is going to be about, and then let you know our thoughts. You can use the form at the end of this post, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d also like to get a few sentences about who you are and why you’re interested in writing for us. Tip: Read some past stories to get a sense of what we’ve published and the tone we tend to use.
2. Keep your story crisp and in .doc format
Once you get the go-ahead to submit your story, please do so in .doc or similar (PC- and copy-and-past friendly). Lengthwise, you should keep it, ideally, between 500 and 2,000 words. We allow some exceptions, but there should be a really good reason for it.
Also, we will not turn your academic essays or business ads into webzine articles – at least not for free.
3. Include hyperlinks, photos and bio when possible
Whenever you cite something you didn’t come up with yourself, please make the relevant word or phrase in the text into a hyperlink. Also include hyperlinks to concepts, places, names, etc. you think are worth reading further into. This saves us a lot of time and makes sure the links you want can be included (though we do reserve the right to change them).
We also appreciate any high resolution pics you could include, as long as they have the appropriate credit or attribution (meaning you, a consenting photographer, or public domain / commons). For first-time contributors, we ask for a mini-bio about the author – 3-4 lines preferably in the third person.
4. Know that you’ll be edited
Although we strive, as much as possible, to keep the voice of the writer intact, we adhere to certain standards in terms of grammar, syntax and layout formatting. By submitting your story to us, you agree to a collaboration with the editor or editors of this web magazine. This means that you will be edited by a professional journalist before your story goes live.
5. Be patient with replies and publishing
We do our best to get back to you within 24 hours, and publish your story within a few days of giving it the go-ahead. But please keep in mind that it could take longer, as our work volume is high and our daily working staff is small. Also, stories that are time-sensitive have priority over stories that could be published at a later time.
LeipGlo does not subscribe to any political party or ideology. However, we do not publish hate speech or texts that discriminate against people on the basis on race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, social status, sexual preference or any other categories or groups.
We reserve the right to turn down articles completely, or partly, in accordance with the above criteria and guidelines.