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.
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 Science & Tech and Business!
Write coverage of and, where appropriate, commentary on cool or newsworthy things geeks are doing in theater, film, music, visual arts, and other artistic mediums with an emphasis of focus on the local scene.
Write coverage of businesses catering to the MN geek community (gaming companies, publishers, stores, favorite geek hangouts, etc.), local start-ups with cool ideas, and notable Kickstarters. 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 geeks in Minnesota.
Write about cosplay news, tutorials, ideas, thoughts, motivations, controversies, etc. from a respectful, body-positive, and inclusive position. Cosplay Positive explores the world of cosplay with a nod towards the mantra “to love your cosplay is to love yourself.”
Write coverage of events in and around Minnesota that are of interest to the MN geek community. This includes but is not limited to conventions, festivals, re-enactments, dances, and tournaments. Simply be informational and let the community know an event is happening and what it is (without sounding like an advertisement—a statement from an organizer is always good), and/or write a recap on what the event was like after you attended it.
Write coverage of and, where appropriate, commentary on current events and announcements in the world of board games, card games, RPGs, miniature gaming, video games, and any other kind of gaming, with an emphasis of focus on the local scene.
Write coverage of and commentary on anything and everything in the world of geek culture from a LGBTQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual) perspective. Tying commentary to current events or announcements is preferable, but not always necessary. Also, let readers know about things that are of particular interest to the LGBTQA+ communities, such as LGBTQA+ representation in pop culture or LGBTQA+ creators or artists.
(Note: if you identify as Intersex and wish to contribute to this, the name will be changed to LGBTQAI+.)
Race & Culture
Write coverage of and commentary on the impact of race and ethnicity/culture on the geek world and the people in it. Examine the racial/cultural lens through which we experience our favorite geeky pastimes and the different perspectives that shape our interpretations.
Science & Tech
Write coverage of and, where appropriate, commentary on current events and announcements in the world of science, technology, engineering, software, and computing. Also, coverage of cool and interesting things in the local science, tech, maker, and engineer communities, at the University of Minnesota, and with regard to STEM youth engagement.
Interview individuals in the local geek community or who have ties to Minnesota and would be of interest to geeks in Minnesota. There are many, many talented and interesting folks in and around Minnesota geek communities—let’s shine a spotlight on them!
Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current areas of greatest need for reviews are Audio & Podcasts and Comics!
Audio & Podcasts
Write reviews of audio productions, radio shows, and podcasts. They can be vintage or contemporary. Be sure to note when reviewing a production or podcast featuring MN-based creators, performers, or podcasters.
Write reviews of both new-release and older comic books. Be sure to note when reviewing comic books with MN creators in their credits or indie books based in MN.
Write reviews of both new-release and older board games, card games, RPGs, and miniature games. Be sure to note when reviewing a game from a MN-based company or with MN creators in its credits.
Write reviews of concerts and both new-release and older songs or albums of any genre of music. Be sure to note when reviewing music from an MN-based artist or band.
Write reviews of both new-release and older television series, seasons, or episodes. Be sure to note when reviewing a television show produced in MN.
Independently edit article submissions for clarity, cohesiveness, grammar, and compliance with the Twin Cities Geek style guide. Communicate with contributors and the rest of the editorial team regarding the status of submissions and ongoing writing projects. Write social-media copy for articles that do not already have it included. Experience with the Chicago Manual of Style strongly preferred.
All Contributors and Editors Get
- A staff page on twincitiesgeek.com to say whatever you’d like 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 twincitiesgeek.com
- 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
- Contributors and editors are all volunteers—nobody gets paid for contributing to Twin Cities Geek
- Contributors may submit to more than one category
- Submissions may not also be posted on other websites without approval
- Contributors should submit a minimum of one article or review of at least 500 words per calendar month
- Editors should be prepared and available to edit a minimum of four articles per calendar month
- 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 editor-in-chief Hal Bichel at admin [at] twincitiesgeek [dot] com and include the following:
- Your name, age, and any relevant information you would like known.
- Which category or categories you would like to contribute to.
- At least one writing sample (a blog post, article, or something similar—please no academic essays).
If you would like to be an editor for Twin Cities Geek, please send an email to senior editor Madeleine Vasaly at madeleine [at] twincitiesgeek [dot] com and include the following:
- Your name, age, and any relevant information you would like known.
- A brief description or résumé of any 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.