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 on both the writing side and the editing side. Although previous journalism, writing, or editing experience is a strong plus, we don’t require prospective contributors to be previously published or professional writers—you just need a connection to Minnesota, a category you would like to contribute to, and a writing sample that passes muster.
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, transgender, 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.
Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current greatest need in news is for a This Week in Geek columnist. We are also actively seeking contributors in the areas of Arts, Business, Events, LGBTQA+, and Race & Culture.
This Week in Geek
This Week in Geek is our column that rounds up coming events of interest to the geek community in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota, published every Sunday. It follows a set format, and the writer of this column will get the majority of events for inclusion from the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar, our Facebook event feed, and leads sent by the senior editor. However, seeking out additional events to include is highly encouraged. In the past, a single contributor has always covered This Week in Geek, but we’re open to multiple contributors sharing responsibility.
Do you have your finger on the pulse of the local art scene? Do you love sharing what filmmakers and other creators are doing? Are you always on the hunt for new bands and venues? Arts contributors write coverage of and/or commentary on cool or newsworthy things geeks are doing in theater, film, music, visual arts, literary arts, and other media—especially if it’s local.
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, success stories, and more. 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.
What’s going on tonight, this weekend, or this year? Events contributors write about 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.
LGBTQA+ contributors write coverage of and commentary on anything and everything in the world of geek culture from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/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 LGBTQIA+.)
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.
We also welcome applications for our other news categories:
- Pop Culture
- Science & Tech
Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current areas of greatest need for features are Domestic Geekdom and Shareminded.
Domestic Geekdom highlights recipes, crafting, art projects, home décor, and other creative endeavors with that geeky twist. Contributors can share news, write tutorials and recipes, review products, and more.
As we geeks traverse the many twisty turns and cul-de-sacs of the Internet, we often find things that are too cute, too interesting, too weird, too ingenious, or just too darn awesome not to share. Shareminded highlights these finds to entertain, amuse, or at least distract our readers from their day jobs. Unlike most other categories, for which contributors commit to submitting a minimum of one monthly article of at least 500 words, the Shareminded contributor will contribute four monthly “shares” of around 100 to 200 words.
We also welcome applications for our other feature categories:
- Cosplay Positive
- The Fit Geek
- Parenting Geeky
Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current area of overall greatest need for reviewers is Audio & Podcasts. However, we are also actively seeking gender-diverse reviewers for Books, Movies, and Theater.
Audio & Podcasts
Review podcasts, radio shows, and other audio-only media with a focus on local creators and geeky genres whenever possible.
Review books of all genres, especially those created by local authors and publishers. Advance review copies are available in many cases. At this time, we are actively seeking men and gender-diverse applicants for this category.
Review the latest movies, from big-budget blockbusters to indie darlings. Interest is naturally high among our readers in sci-fi, fantasy, and other traditionally geeky films, we welcome reviews of all kinds. Advance press screenings are available in most cases. At this time, we are actively seeking women and gender-diverse applicants for this category.
Review local theater, comedy, and performance-art shows of all kinds. Press seats are available for many shows.
We also welcome applications from potential reviewers for our other categories:
- Comic Books
- Games (Tabletop)
- Movies & Films
- Video Games
Every article on our site goes through editing prior to publication. Twin Cities Geek editors independently edit submitted articles for spelling and grammar, clarity, cohesiveness, and compliance with our in-house style guide. (Editors’ primary responsibility is copyediting, so a sharp eye for mechanics and style is required, but a bit of line editing is sometimes appropriate.) Other responsibilities include ensuring submissions comply with website formatting requirements, writing social media copy for articles, and communicating with contributors and the rest of the editorial team on the status of submissions and ongoing writing projects. Experience with the Chicago Manual of Style is preferred, though not required, and all applicants will be asked to take an editorial screening test.
As a Contributor or Editor, You 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
- Occasional sharing of personal or professional blog posts through the Twin Cities Geek social media profiles
- A professional reference regarding your participation with Twin Cities Geek, including a recommendation on LinkedIn, if requested
- A 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
- In joining the site, contributors agree to submit a minimum of one article of at least 500 words per calendar month (except Shareminded contributors—see above)
- Editors agree to edit a minimum of four articles per calendar month
- Contributors may submit to more than one category but must have one main “home” category in which they submit at least one article each month
- Articles published on Twin Cities Geek may not be published on other websites or in print without prior approval; this includes both prior and subsequent publication
- Each article must have at least one accompanying image that the contributor has rights to publish, be it with permission or through public domain, creative commons, fair use, or original creation
- Contributors must adhere to the 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
As noted at the top of this page, becoming a contributor or editor for Twin Cities Geek does not require prior professional experience, and we encourage current students and recent graduates to apply for any and all of those positions. However, we also offer internships for those who need more direct training, mentorship, and/or school credit or who are only interested in being involved with Twin Cities Geek for a limited time. Remote applicants are accepted, but you must either be based in or have a connection to the Minneapolis–St. Paul area or wider Minnesota.
Editorial interns will receive hands-on training in copyediting for an online publication, including following a style guide, conducting basic fact-checking, communicating with writers, working within a content management system (WordPress CMS), writing social media copy, and more. Interns will also receive mentoring tailored toward their goals and interests.
Writing interns will hone their skills by writing articles for publication on Twin Cities Geek on the subject(s) of their choice and learning about the submission and editorial processes. Interns will work with the senior editor to improve their writing through review and feedback and will receive mentoring tailored toward their goals and interests.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; internships must last a minimum of three months, but exact length, total number of hours, and start and end dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on applicant availability and needs. Like all positions with Twin Cities Geek, internships are unpaid. If you have questions about our internships, email senior editor Madeleine Vasaly at [email protected]
How to Apply
If you would like to be a contributor for Twin Cities Geek, please jointly email editor-in-chief Hal Bichel and senior editor Madeleine Vasaly by writing 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 you would like to contribute to
- At least one writing sample (an article, blog post, or something similar—no academic essays, please)
- 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, including whether you’ve worked with the Chicago Manual of Style or other style guides
If you would like to be an intern for Twin Cities Geek, please jointly email editor-in-chief Hal Bichel and senior editor Madeleine Vasaly by writing to [email protected] with either Writing Intern or Editorial Intern as your subject line to indicate the internship you’re applying for. Include the following:
- A cover letter that includes
- your name, location, and school (if applicable)
- a brief explanation of your interest in Twin Cities Geek, how an internship with us would fit into your overall education and/or career goals, and any past coursework or experience relevant to your application
- whether or not you will be seeking school credit
- A résumé
- For writing interns, a brief writing sample (nonacademic writing is preferred, but academic papers are accepted)
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.
Thanks for your interest in joining Twin Cities Geek!