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 or writing 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, 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.

Please note Twin Cities Geek does not publish guest articles, advertorials, or other “placed” content.

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News

Twin Cities Geek is always accepting applications for contributors in all categories, but our current areas of greatest need for news are Arts, Business, 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/or commentary on cool or newsworthy things geeks are doing in theater, film, music, visual arts, and other artistic media—especially if it’s local.

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, 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.

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 of Twin Cities Geek 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 categories:

  • Events
  • Gaming
  • LGBTQA+
  • Pop Culture
  • Race & Culture
  • Science & Tech

Features

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

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.

The Fit Geek
The Fit Geek is where geekdom and fitness meet. Geeks can often feel out of place in “mainstream” fitness environments, and our keen interests in things like media and gaming can easily lead us down the path of a sedentary lifestyle and poor health habits. This feature is here to help with that.

We also welcome applications for our other feature categories:

  • Domestic Geekdom
  • Parenting Geeky

Reviewers

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

Comic Books
Write reviews of comic books of all kinds, from local self-published artists to major Marvel and DC runs. Advance review copies are available for the majority of titles.

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. Press seats are available for the majority of shows.

Video Games
Write reviews of both new-release and older video games for consoles, PC, or mobile. We’re especially interested in any games with Minnesota ties.

We also welcome applications from potential reviewers for our other categories:

  • Audio & Podcasts
  • Books
  • Games
  • Movies & Films
  • Music
  • Television

Editorial Needs

This Week in Geek Editor
We are looking for someone to be the dedicated editor for our This Week in Geek column, which rounds up events of interest to the local geek community every week. The This Week in Geek editor will be responsible for editing these columns for clarity, grammar, and compliance with our in-house style guide as well as basic fact-checking for accuracy purposes. Must be able to edit each week’s column, which is generally ready on Saturday and must be published at noon on Sunday. Experience with the Chicago Manual of Style is strongly preferred, and all applicants will be asked to take an editorial screening test.

General Editor
Twin Cities Geek editors independently edit submitted articles for clarity, cohesiveness, grammar, and compliance with our in-house style guide. (Editors’ main responsibility is copyediting, but some content editing is also involved.) Other responsibilities include writing social-media copy for articles, ensuring submissions comply with website formatting requirements, and communicating 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 have personal or professional blog posts shared on Twin Cities Geek social media profiles
  • 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 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 or not it’s professional/paid), 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.