The greater geek community in Minnesota is a very diverse one, and it is the mission of Twin Cities Geek to represent as many of the voices within it as possible, both at the writer and editorial levels.

We strive for gender parity and welcome male, female, and nonbinary contributors. We welcome geeks of color, and geeks from all cultural backgrounds. We welcome geeky LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) contributors. We welcome perspectives from geeks with disabilities, deaf geeks, and geeks in neurodiverse and mental health communities. Geeks young and old are welcome, as well as students. If you are a geek and you want to write or edit for us, then we want you involved.

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News & Feature Needs

Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current areas of greatest need for news and features are Arts, Business, Cosplay Positive, and Spotlight:

Arts
Do you have your finger on the pulse of the local art scene? Are you always on the hunt for new bands and venues?  Do you love sharing what filmmakers and other creators are doing? Arts contributors write coverage of and, where appropriate, commentary on cool or newsworthy things geeks are doing in theater, film, music, visual arts, and other artistic media with an emphasis of focus on what’s happening locally.

Business
There are a wealth of businesses catering to the Minnesota geek community, from gaming publishers to comic stores to new restaurants, local tech startups, and more. Business contributors bring Twin Cities Geek readers the latest on new companies, notable Kickstarters, cool ideas, and success stories. This can include news related to promotions or new products, interviews, and anything else in the business community that you think would be of interest to local geeks.

Cosplay Positive
Cosplay Positive explores the world of cosplay with a nod towards the mantra “to love your cosplay is to love yourself.” Contributors write about cosplay news, tutorials, ideas, thoughts, motivations, controversies, and more from a respectful, body-positive, and inclusive position.

Spotlight
There are many, many talented and interesting folks in and around Minnesota geek communities—let’s shine a spotlight on them! The Spotlight section features interviews with individuals who are part of the local geek community or who have ties to Minnesota and would be of interest to geeks here.

We also welcome applications for our other news and feature categories:

Events
What’s going on tonight, this weekend, or this year? Events contributors cover events in and around Minnesota that are of interest to the geek community, including but not limited to conventions, festivals, reenactments, dances, author readings, lectures, parties, and tournaments.

Gaming
Minnesota geeks take their gaming many forms. Gaming contributors share news and make commentary on current events and announcements in the world of board games, card games, RPGs, miniatures, video games, and any other kind of gaming out there, with an emphasis on the local scene.

LGBTQA+
LGBTQA+ contributors write coverage of and commentary on anything and everything in the world of geek culture from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or asexual perspective. Tying commentary to current events or announcements is preferable, but not always necessary. Coverage in this category also includes letting readers know about things that are of particular interest to the LGBTQA+ communities, such as representation in pop culture, local groups, or LGBTQA+ artists. (Note: if you identify as Intersex and wish to contribute to this, the name will be changed to LGBTQAI+.)

Pop Culture
Do you want to write about what’s new with movies and TV shows in development? How about a fantasy book being banned in schools or a comic publisher tackling a new diversity initiative? Maybe you’re a devoted follower of Twitter trends or you’re always on the lookout for the most awesome fandom-related merch. All of this and more falls under Pop Culture! Join us and help keep your fellow geeks in the know—or offer commentary and criticism on elements of pop culture that are interesting, inspiring, or problematic.

Race & Culture
Race, culture, and the geek world intersect in fascinating and often challenging ways. Contributors in this category examine the racial and cultural lenses through which we experience our favorite geeky pastimes, the different perspectives that shape our interpretations, the representation of marginalized groups in geek media, and more.

Science & Tech
You don’t have to love science to be a geek, but there sure are a lot of us who do, and the Twin Cities are full of them. Science & Tech contributors write about current events and announcements in the world of science, technology, engineering, software, and computing. Twin Cities Geek is especially interested in coverage of cool things happening in the local science, tech, maker, and engineer communities, at the University of Minnesota, and with STEM youth engagement.

Reviewer Needs

Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current areas of greatest need for reviews are Theater and Video Games!

Audio & Podcasts
Write reviews of audio productions, radio shows, and podcasts, whether old or new. All productions are fair game, but we’re particularly interested in featuring Minnesota-based creators, performers, and/or podcasters.

Books
Write reviews of both new-release and older books in all genres and aimed at any age group, from children’s picture books to YA paranormal romance to political history. We’re particularly interested in books from any of Minnesota’s many local publishers and authors.

Comic Books
Write reviews of comics, whether they’re new releases or older titles, in print or online, from a big-name publisher or a tiny, self-published run. The Twin Cities have a rich comic culture, so there are lots of opportunities to review of locally created work. We welcome coverage of periodicals, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, and any other form of comic.

Games
Write reviews of both new-release and older board games, card games, party games, tabletop RPGs, and miniatures games. We are particularly interested in local publishers and creators, including Kickstarter-funded games.

Music
Write reviews of both new-release and older songs, albums, concerts, or other music-related events of any genre of music, especially those with Minnesota connections.

Television
Write reviews of both new-release and older television series, seasons, or episodes, including both broadcast networks and streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.

Theater
Write reviews of theater productions performed at any of the state’s many venues. We welcome coverage of traditional plays, experimental productions, improv, dinner theater, musical comedy, and anything else that might fall under this umbrella.

Video Games
Write reviews of both new-release and older video games for any console, PC, or mobile. As with all of our categories, we’re especially interested in games with Minnesota ties.

Editorial Needs

Editor
Independently edit article submissions for clarity, cohesiveness, grammar, and compliance with the Twin Cities Geek style guide. (Editors’ main responsibility is copyediting, but some content editing may be involved.) Write social-media copy for articles, ensure submissions comply with website formatting requirements, and communicate with contributors and the rest of the editorial team regarding the status of submissions and ongoing writing projects. Experience with the Chicago Manual of Style is strongly preferred, and all applicants will be asked to take an editorial screening test.

All Contributors and Editors Get

  • A staff page on twincitiesgeek.com to say whatever you’d like about yourself and link to your website(s) and social media
  • An about-the-author box that will appear at the bottom of everything you publish on the site
  • A [name]@twincitiesgeek.com email address to use for all matters regarding contributing to Twin Cities Geek, including interview and press-pass requests
  • Ability to list yourself as Twin Cities Geek staff on LinkedIn and Facebook
  • A professional reference regarding your participation with Twin Cities Geek, including a recommendation on LinkedIn if requested
  • Professional, branded business card file to print Twin Cities Geek business cards for yourself

Commitment

  • Contributors and editors are all volunteers—nobody gets paid for contributing to Twin Cities Geek
  • Contributors agree to submit a minimum of one article of at least 500 words per calendar month
  • Editors agree to edit a minimum of four articles per calendar month
  • Contributors may submit to more than one category but must have at least one main “home” category
  • Articles published on Twin Cities Geek may not be posted on other websites or published in print without prior approval
  • Each article and review must have at least one accompanying image that the contributor has rights to publish (be it with permission, public domain, creative commons, fair use, or original)
  • Contributors must adhere to Twin Cities Geek workflow process (don’t worry; it’s super easy)
  • It’s preferable (but not required) for all contributors and editors to have a Facebook account

How to Apply

If you would like to be a contributor for Twin Cities Geek, please send an email to [email protected] and include the following:

  • Your name and location
  • Any relevant information you would like known, such as age, geeky interests, or background
  • Which category or categories you would like to contribute to
  • At least one writing sample (an article, blog post, or something similar—no academic essays, please)

If you would like to be an editor for Twin Cities Geek, please send an email to senior editor Madeleine Vasaly at [email protected] and include the following:

  • Your name and location
  • Any relevant information you would like known, such as age, geeky interests, or background
  • A brief description or résumé of your editing experience, whether professional/paid or not, including whether you’ve worked with the Chicago Manual of Style or other style guides

If you don’t hear back immediately, don’t worry! Sometimes we get busy and fall behind on emails. But we will answer you either way, even if it takes some time. Please don’t hesitate to poke us for a status update, either.