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Michael W. Lanigan – Topical Editor
Welcome to HeadStuff’s topical section! Over here, we’re looking for a range of content from the cultural, to the opinionated, to the current. These could come in the form of news articles, features, interviews or opinion pieces.
We’re looking for intelligent, well researched, unique pieces, but that doesn’t mean that the tone has to be exclusively serious and sombre. We’re also interested in submissions that are light-hearted, humorous, and maybe a little bit sarcastic (depending on what you’re writing about, obviously.) Basically, something that’s enjoyable to read. Express yourself: be creative, be descriptive – use metaphors, anecdotes, jokes, puns and quotes to convey your story!
Please send us:
Opinion pieces: These articles can be based on almost any current issue in the world, but there are a couple of specific issues we would like to produce more content on. These are abortion, women’s rights, feminism, rape culture, gender equality, transgender rights, transgender people in the media, cultural appropriation, racism, traveller rights, the rich/poor divide, immigration, migrant workers in Ireland, emigration, and mental health. Opinion pieces should be well argued, logical, and about 1000 words. Facts and examples should be used to back up your opinion.
News articles: HeadStuff is looking for short, factual news that hasn’t reached much of the mainstream media. These can be based on local, national or international events. These articles should be 500 words or more.
Interviews: These can be presented as either audio, video, or written pieces. The beginning of the interview should give some background information on the interviewee and explain why that person was interviewed. Written interviews should be at least 500 words in length.
Columns: We are happy to include weekly columns if the idea behind them won’t go stale after a month. We are also open to four or five part articles in cases where one article just isn’t enough, for example, before referendums or elections. Please discuss any ideas for columns with us before you start them.
Please do NOT send us:
- Any plagiarised material. Be sure to source your references and include these in your submission.
- Anything you haven’t proofread yourself. Spelling and grammar are important, y’know.
- Anything racist, homophobic, transphobic, generally offensive or insulting.
- Parodies. We’ll leave them to the experts over at Waterford Whisperers
- Something riddled with cringe worthy clichés.
If you would like to submit an article, ask us a question, or pitch an idea, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to reading your pieces!
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Peter Morris – Film/TV Co-Editor
Peter is a writer, reviewer and freelance cameraman and the film editor for HeadStuff. He graduated with a 1.1 BA in Film and Documentary from GMIT, where he specialised in film theory, directing and documentary production. Peter has worked with various film and television production companies during his time in Ireland and while living abroad in New Zealand such as TV3, Production Shed and TED Talks. He has directed a number of short films, and his graduate documentary Takin’ Care of Business was shown as part of the 2010 Galway International Film Fleadh. He is currently working on a number of documentary submissions and in his spare time writes reviews and essays on the world of film. He has a passion for the art of visual storytelling, both as a medium of entertainment and an instrument of change.
Stephen Porzio – Film/TV Co-Editor
Stephen is a film writer and journalist. He is a co-editor and contributor for the film section of HeadStuff. He has also had work published in Cold Coffee Press, Disarm Magazine and Film Ireland and will be writing for Hot Press in the Summer of 2018. After earning his BA in English and Film from UCD, he is now working for an MA in journalism at DCU.
Richard Drumm – Film/TV Co-Editor
Richard is co-editor of HeadStuff’s Film and TV section. He is a two-time film graduate who, by day, wastes his life working through a less aesthetically interesting ‘Brazil’-like bureaucracy. The rest of time he can be found with a cup of tea while writing/reading/videogaming, or some hubristic, unworkable combination of the above.
You absolutely shouldn’t listen to his James Bond podcast “Quantum of Friendship”. (Yes, he’s knows the name is terrible. Yes, that was the point.)
Would like to be Selina Kyle when he grows up.
At HeadStuff.org we love to hear unique and intelligent voices talking about what interests them. We also love all things Film and Television; its role in the culture of our modern society and the culture of entertainment.
So, in the Film/TV section of HeadStuff we are interested in getting articles and reviews which show a unique voice, explaining why they loved one film over another, or even how a TV Show can change a person’s life.
Film blogs are everywhere so at HeadStuff we look for writers who will think outside the box and bring a personal voice to the story, a personal insight into the mind of the viewer.
We like short form reviews, long form reviews and essays which look at the history, the quality and the diversity of film and television. We also like film lists about toilets. We’re not that picky. If it says something unique… we like it.
We also dish out special article assignments along with nurturing new ideas to keep a constant flow of top quality content onto HeadStuff.org.
If you have any ideas, reviews, articles or film lists about toilets, send our film editors an email at [email protected] or get in touch via the contact form.
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Vacant Position – Music Editor
If you are interested in the position please contact [email protected]
If it relates to music, we want to hear about it. We aim to publish unique perspectives, as well as the usual song, album, and gig reviews. Music features should offer a different perspective on a topic, whether that be Javanese Gamelan music or the new Kanye West album. If you are passionate about your chosen topic, it shows in your writing, and that’s what I want to read.
Music Feature – An op-ed style piece, usually a little longer than standard reviews. Will be an original take on something current, or will offer a modern perspective on something past. Political, satirical, or nostalgic, it should make us think.
Reviews – Standard reviews should be between 300 – 700 words, but by all means write a thesis. Standard track by track style is okay, but what I’m really looking for is a well rounded perspective on the work. Tie it together with a theme, discuss its relationship to the canon, position it within its cultural context – offer your unique opinion.
Playlists – The playlist feature is less words and more music. Themes are your friend here, whether it’s a playlist that inspired your album or all the songs you can think of that reference a telephone.
Where Do I Start – This section will tackle the work of a musical giant, and present a history of their music as well as their influence. For people who always wanted to get into Bowie but didn’t know where to start. Poor things.
New Music Weekly – This feature is looked after by Mark Conroy. He does a great job. If you think he might like a new track, tweet him @smark993
Retrospect – A look back at an influential album. Think revisiting OK Computer twenty years on, or tackling Graceland because you never got to write about it the first time around. If the album is celebrating a milestone anniversary – great, but not essential.
Nothing binds our writers to the above. If you have an idea, send on a short pitch to [email protected] and we can figure it out.
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Conor Smith – Humour Editor
Conor Smith is the humour editor of HeadStuff.org and a software developer who occasionally writes things for humans. He tweets from @conorsmith and if he has a “brand” it likely infringes on multiple trademarks owned by multinational soft drink corporations.
Hello. This is the humour section and we’re looking for people who want to write things that are humorous or things that are about things that are humorous.
HeadStuff has a Patreon that is used to fund our writers. It’s not much at the moment, but there is compensation for producing original content. Somebody much better informed than me can fill you in on the details.
I’d really like you to have a read below of what exactly we’re looking for. I am by nature an awkward man and it’s not fun when somebody submits something that is very good but just isn’t what we’re looking for for the section.
We want HeadStuff to be a force for positivity. And while a little cynicism is healthy, the humour section is not a nest of snark. Tonally, we want comedy that isn’t mean or unnecessarily at others’ expense. Absolutely, let’s poke fun at society’s established absurdity. We’re all for that. But we want to keep it out of the gutter. We want submissions that are intelligent and thought provoking and submissions that are downright silly and absurd.
A good shorthand if you went to university in Ireland: remember the tone of the satirical material in your student publications? Do the opposite of that.
HUMOROUS THINGS WE’RE LOOKING FOR
- Short stories
- Serials – Like a short story, but not as a short. Half a dozen pieces is a good length, but not a hard rule. Do consider pitching the idea before writing the entire thing though.
- Opinion pieces – Life can be pretty shitty, on a personal and a global scale, and thankfully we can all laugh about it. Tread lightly here with regards to the tone we’re after though.
- Satire – We’re not looking for Onion-style news articles, but there are plenty of other ways of tackling satirical writing that are less saturated online
- Anything else you can think of, really – A fictional Wikipedia article? Sure. A telegraph conversation from 1912? Absolutely. If it’s funny then it’s probably what we’re after.
THINGS ABOUT HUMOROUS THINGS WE’RE LOOKING FOR
- Interviews – Is there somebody you’d like to interview? Let us know. We may be able to help you get in touch if you don’t have contact details.
- Reviews – Live shows. Stand up specials. If you’ve seen it then you can tell people how good it was or how good it wasn’t.
- Topical pieces – Is your favourite sitcom starting back soon? Is something big wrapping up and in need of a retrospective?
- Preaching your comic interests – Do you need people to know how funny your favourite comedian is? Is there a regular comedy night on in Ireland that you think is overlooked? Are you a fan of a little known YouTube channel? You can let people know what they’re missing out on.
THINGS WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR
I want to put this one at the top even though I’m certain you weren’t going to do this, but… we don’t want anything that’s racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, ableist, classist, fatphobic, etc. If that sentence made your free speech gland pulsate with rage this may not be your sort of website.
Now, there are some other, normal things that we’re not looking for:
- News-style articles – The Onion, Waterford Whispers and countless other websites already serve this need. We’re looking for something different.
- Lists of short, loosely-related bits that add up to a prime number – Buzzfeed, the Daily Edge and Clickhole (on a meta level) cover this area, among others.
- Long pieces – 600-800 words is usually enough to get the jokes across, while keeping things short and snappy. Longer pieces are absolutely welcome, as long as they earn their length.
- Overly obvious jokes – Your audience is smart and you should give them credit. They don’t need to be bashed over the head with the joke, they’ll pick it up as you lay it out.
Rules are made to be broken, even these ones (excluding the part about not being an awful person). Your piece should be very good though if it is going to break one of them. You should know exactly why you are breaking the rule before you do it.
Please don’t hesitate to send on submissions, pitches or any questions you have to [email protected]. I reply to everything, eventually, though I try to be punctual in my replies. These may just be a simple acknowledgement of receipt with a promise of a follow up.
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Marie Boran – Science Co-Editor
Rachel Tobin – Science Co-Editor
We are looking for writers who are enthusiastic and passionate about the possibilities and wonders of science. Our writers have a talent for explaining science to a lay audience while maintaining accuracy and scientific integrity.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR?
We are on the lookout for both regular and once off contributors.
Categories we like include:
Articles should be written for a general audience but don’t be afraid to use technical terms and real data. We know HeadStuff readers can handle it (or will google it).
All scientific claims must be supported by solid reputable sources and expert peer review journal articles and the links to these must be forwarded with all articles to the Science Editor.
Sources for any accompanying photographs should be sent to the Science Editor with your article.
Keep it interesting and let your passion come across in your writing. Articles between 600-1500 words are preferred.
If you are interested in joining the HeadStuff Science team email [email protected]
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Michael W. Lanigan – History Editor
Michael Lanigan is the History Editor for HeadStuff.org. He used to live in Tokyo and before that studied History at Trinity College Dublin. In addition, he writes for State, TheJournal.ie, Counterpunch, Japako Music and Increature, and worked as a researcher on the 1916 Live online project.
Accuracy and fairness are essential. Narrative pieces rather than polemics are what is sought for this section – although if you feel a particularly good opinion piece coming on, then please do pitch it.
Any period is okay to write about, as long as you know your subject. Although the previous HeadStuff History page tended to focus on a single individual, I am happy to see essays about a happening, an invention, a trend – especially one of those which is marking a significant anniversary, such as 100 years, 50, even 25.
Please make it clear in one of your early paragraphs why this event/person is of relevance to our readers. (That is, how are they connected to something which will be common ground, such as the 1916 Rising, the assassination of JFK, the invention of the internet.)
Email [email protected] with your idea before submitting the full piece.
I?m looking for essays/posts under these conditions:
- Between 750 and 1500 words long
- Brings something fresh to a familiar topic – a new “angle”
- Something off the wall, but which has relevance to the HeadStuff reader – think of your most interesting friend and scatter across the world.
- Has been spell-checked and proof read
- Can be edited – lightly. I will only edit for clarity and will refer back to the author.
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Aileen Ferris – Literature Editor
We are open to short story and flash fiction submissions. We are looking for quality literary work. We are likely to prioritise fiction which engages with the issues of today and wrestles with truths from our modern world. We hope to read submissions which aren’t afraid to push at the boundaries of what is expected of short fiction, work that takes chances. So long as the quality of the work shines through, we are open to anything. Surprise us. Shock us. Delight us. Give us no choice but to publish your work.
One story per submission.
2500 words max. for short stories
1000 words max. for flash fiction.
Essays & Articles
Literary articles and personal essays are welcome. We want to read (and potentially publish) pieces that are engaging, well-written, and aware of current trends in literary non-fiction. That said, we would also love to read your new and brave take on the genre. We would also like to receive long-form features based on interviews (rather than single interviews).
2500 words max
We are always looking for new reviewers. If there is a book you would like to review for us or, alternatively, a book you would like us to review, please contact us. We are particularly interested in literary novels and short story collections; but we are open to reviewing other genre books.
The Lit Review
If you have an event, a competition or submission call, a poetry reading or launch you want to tell everyone about, send your news to us for inclusion in The Lit Review.
If you are interested in writing or sending us something that falls outside of the above scope, email Aileen or fill in the contact form.
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Sam Murphy – Poetry Editor
Sam Murphy is the Poetry Editor for HeadStuff based in Birmingham. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA and MA in Creative Writing, with a focus in contemporary poetry. His poems have been published in Ink Sweat and Tears, and Trashed Organ amongst other places. He writes about podcasts at haphazardreview.com, and tweets infrequently @Sam_Murphy00.
At HeadStuff, we want poems that challenge readers pre-conceptions of what a poem is. We want poems with compelling and strong imagery, poems that are playful with language and sensitive to sound and form. Poems that are thoughtful about their place in the world, attuned to everyday life in all its absurd detail as well as poems that swell with curiosity. We want readers to be enticed, delighted and challenged by poems, giving readers a renewed sense of the limitless possibilities poetry has to offer. Above all else HeadStuff look for poems that are unique, concrete and bold with language.
We have several categories for which you can submit poetry to, so please do include the name of the category in the subject line of your submission. For more details of all the categories please see below. We will be running competitions additional to the below throughout the year, so please do watch out for more details.
Poem of the Week
Each week we select a ‘Poem of the Week’ to be published on the website every Friday. We are looking for poems in written form or audio/video recordings. Please include ‘Poem of the Week’, in the subject line of your submission.
Deadline: This is a continuous submission throughout the year. Please submit a maximum of three poems for this section.
Each month we celebrate emerging poets under the age of 30. We will publish up to three poems from a single poet under the age of 30 in sequence. These could be written or performed and recorded. Please keep recorded performances no longer than 4 minutes. Please include ‘New Voices’ in the subject line of your submission.
Deadline: 1st of each month at midnight
Every month we publish a sequence of poems from one author. Please submit 3-6 poems that would be published together in sequence. We are looking for poetry that work as stand alone poems, but also look to work together as a sequence whether through a narrative, characters, imagery or themes. For this section we would strongly encourage poets to send in images, videos, photography that could be included alongside your poems. Please include ‘Unbound’ in the subject line of your submission.
Deadline: 15th of each month at midnight
If you would like to contribute Poetry Book Reviews/Interviews/Essays, Poetry Event Reviews or long form articles on poetry please do get in touch. We publish articles between 750-2000 words.
If you would like to write in the poetry section and haven’t written for HeadStuff before please send a 250 word proposal to [email protected]. Please do pitch ideas first to ensure you’re on the right track.
- All articles/poems should be submitted in .doc/,docx format.
- All recorded poems should be sent in the format that you would like us to use, e.d Soundcloud, Youtube. We will only use high quality sound/video performances.
- Please proof read and check for spelling mistakes.
- We are not looking for Sexism, Misogyny, Homophobia, Bigotry of any kind, Sexual Violence, Violence, Racism.
- Please include in your submission a short bio of no longer than 100 words.
- Include in your submission your name, contact details and how your came across Poetry section in HeadStuff.
- Email any questions to [email protected]
- All poems can be submitted in English or Irish (please include an English translation if in Irish)
Email [email protected]
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ARE YOU AN ARTIST?
Painters, printmakers, illustrators, sculptors, performance artists, photographers, video artists, curators, educators, archivists: all are welcome to get in touch about having their work featured. Our aim is to feature a diverse range of artists and nurture homegrown talent, giving a platform for their work.
Introduce yourself and send a link to your portfolio/website. If you’re part of an upcoming exhibition then please send along a hot tip so we can encourage people to go beforehand or feature a review.
Also, we run a weekly feature on artists using Instagram to promote their work. If you’ve like to be feature on our Instagram Pick of the Week, use #thisheadstuff when you post.
ARE YOU A WRITER?
Album artwork, cinematography, photobooks, art criticism; these topics can also be put forward for discussion. Basically, if there’s something you think warrants our attention, let us know. Quality work about quality work is the goal here. Whether it’s a review, a topical feature, an insightful art history piece or an artist bio, forward on a pitch and let us know what you’d like to do. If you have an interesting idea for a regular feature on a particular subject, get in touch.
Living abroad? Then maybe our regular feature the Painted World is for you. Each month contributors from across the globe update us on things happening in New York, Seoul, Istanbul, Amsterdam… If you want your city represented, this is your chance.
If you think you have a future as an art critic, but aren’t sure where to start – please get in touch, as we can arrange for you to attend a number of exhibitions and share your thoughts.
WHAT DO WE LIKE TO READ?
Smart, interesting and thought provoking is what we’re looking for. That doesn’t mean it has to be highbrow academic writing, all styles are welcome. Chances are if we find it interesting, other people will find it interesting too.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Any questions/submissions/information should be sent to [email protected] or fill out the form and you will hear back ASAP.
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Vacant Position – Food & Drink Editor
If you are interested in the position please contact [email protected]
Hello, this is HeadStuff’s Food & Drink section!
This sections aims to look at life in the industry, the sociology and politics of food and drinks, and the all round influence that they have on our society and more.
Any questions/submissions/information should be sent to [email protected] or fill out the form and you will hear back ASAP.
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Andrew Carroll – Gaming Editor
Andrew is a graduate of English and Film Studies in UCD where he wrote for the Film & TV section of the University Observer. He is a native of Dublin, Ireland and currently resides there. Andrew has had a lifelong interest in film and despite being consistently outspoken on the matter insists that The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the best film ever made. He also maintains a blog at carrollcritiques.wordpress.com
We’ve always tried to keep things as interesting as possible here at HeadStuff. We aim to keep doing that with our Gaming section. It’s the biggest entertainment industry in the world and we want to look at how it has shaped our cultures and how cultures have shaped games.
In terms of reviews we’re not really looking for them currently. That may change in the future and if you do manage to legally acquire a review copy of a new game with publisher and developer approval then please submit it.
So, what are we looking for? Anything you can think of, once it’s interesting. From features to lists to op-eds we’ll take ‘em all! With that said the word ‘interesting’ is the key. We know everyone loves the Metal Gear Solid series but that’s been done to death so keep it fresh and varied and we’ll publish it.
HeadStuff is a diverse site and we’d hope our writers will reflect our readership in their diversity. Women, trans and non-binary folks form a big part of our readership as well and we’d like their opinion on games as well. So, if you’re into games and writing don’t be afraid to submit. If you have any ideas, features or opinions you want on a hip, popular platform than HeadStuff is the place! Send our gaming editor an email at [email protected] or get in touch via the contact form on the right.
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Alan Bennett – HeadStuff Managing Editor
Alan Bennett was a stand-up comedian for a while and during that time he toured with David O’Doherty and Maeve Higgins and did well in some competitions and co-ran Schnitzel Comedy Club. Then he started writing fiction and it has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies including 30 Under 30 which Joseph O’Connor chose as one of his books of the year for The Irish Times. He received a Masters with first class honours in creative writing from UCD and a BA in fine art painting from LSAD. Now he’s working on getting his novel on, and being in charge of HeadStuff.org.
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Paddy O’Leary – Operations Manager
Paddy O’Leary is a ginger maths nerd, movie buff and TV addict who has a BSc in Experimental Physics and Mathematics, and a HDip in Applied Mathematics. When he’s not in the kitchen (or the bar) he is HeadStuff’s Operations and Social Media Manager and can answer any of your questions you may have about the daily running of the website and the HeadStuff Podcast Network.
How Can I Help?
If you have any comments or questions about HeadStuff or just want to say “hi” because you love sending e-mails then email me at [email protected]
He’ll have the answer to your question, no matter how tough.
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