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The Border House Wants You (to write for us!)

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means we’re coming up on a third anniversary for the site.  Wow, has it been that long?  I’m fascinated by its growth over the past few years and really enjoy the community we’ve built up here.  But many of you have noticed that we’re just not outputting as much content as we used to, and it’s definitely not because there isn’t anything out there to cover!  We are in desperate need of new writers here, to liven up the space, bring some fresh perspectives, and increase our coverage of a wider variety of issues.  Please, will you consider?

What We’re Looking For:

  • General news coverage.  If you’re someone subscribed to hundreds of blogs through your Google Reader and you love scouring Twitter and the web for news and information, we’d love to have you.  We’d like to increase our coverage of the games industry through an inclusive light — not everything has to be a deep analysis.  We’d like to be a great place to come to get caught up with the latest happenings in video games without stumbling across language that offends and alienates.
  • Indie games!  Admittedly, many of the editors and writers here spend most of their time playing AAA titles (who can pass up a BioWare game after all) so our coverage of indie games is seriously lacking.  The indie games scene is also one of the most progressive – where lots of really interesting innovations in intersectionality are happening and we’re sad that we miss out on a lot of it.  We often hear disappointing sentiments that The Border House isn’t covering the great things happening in indie games, and the truth is that we don’t have anyone dedicated to playing these titles and discussing them here.  Could it be you?
  • Writers of color.  We can always be more diverse and we’d love to have more discussions here around race and ethnicity in games.
  • Like-minded e-sports players.  Games like League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Dota 2, Smite, etc. are on the rise and dominating the free-to-play space, so we’d love to see more coverage of these areas.  Particularly since they tend to be less inclusive than other genres in gaming, we’d love to inspire some change here.
  • Virtual world enthusiasts.  Second Life is still alive and well, and there are always interesting events going on that are progressive and interesting to cover.
  • Lower income gamers.  We feel pretty strongly that the video game hobby is a passion that everyone can share regardless of their socioeconomic situation.  We’d love to have a regular feature about sales, bargain-bin gaming, playing older freeware/cheap games, etc. to help out those less fortunate.
  • MMO coverage.  What better place for interesting interactions than multiplayer RPG type games?  Whether it’s the large MMOs like WoW, SWTOR, and GW2, or whether you’re playing the obscure free-to-play MMOs, we want to hear about it.
  • Contributors who don’t necessarily consider themselves game journalists or bloggers: we still want you!  We love the diversity of voices and one of our strengths is that the voices we broadcast are not ones that are frequently heard.  We will help you with editorial, with article ideas, and with support to help your voice be heard.
  • Regular columnists or occasional guest posts, either one is fine.  Ideally, we’d love to have more full writers who contribute regularly, but we’ll take what we can get!
  • Okay, I give up, we want basically everyone.  Console gamers, PC gamers, handheld/mobile gamers, you name it.  We want to amp up our content cadence in a big way, and we could absolutely use your help if you support The Border House’s efforts and greater vision.  You must be familiar with feminist concepts and not at the 101 level please.

What We Offer:

  • This is not a paid position, sadly.  We all operate on a volunteer basis, so please consider that carefully.
  • Your byline attached to every post, where you can link to your other sites and endeavors or personal projects.
  • The occasional free copies of games.  If you are ever interested in reviewing a game but don’t want to pay for it, you can reach out to the editors and we’ll see what we can make happen.  In many cases, I’m willing to personally pay you out of my pocket if you can give us some unique angle about the game you’re playing.   We also get offers for free review copies on occasion, though they are generally mobile titles.
  • Absolute freedom of schedule.  Many sites operate with a set editorial schedule, requiring you to adhere to posts on a particular day.  This is a very valuable management style that works well for most sites, but for The Border House it’s important that we allow as many voices to participate as possible.  As a result, we do not have any requirements for how many times a day/week/month that you post.  If and when you have something interesting to say, we ask that you write it up.  This could change in the future, but for now we think it’s a very inclusive method of operation for us.

How to Apply:

First, read our mission statement.  Next, read our discussion policy.  If you like what you’ve read, please send us an email at editors@borderhouseblog.com with the following information:

  1. One sample guest post of the kind of content you want to write here.  This can be something original created for the purpose of this application, or it can be something you’ve written at the past on your own blog that we have permission to guest post.
  2. If you include images in this guest post, make sure they are well captioned for sight-impaired readers who may be using a sight reader to access the website.
  3. A 2-4 sentence bio about yourself that we can post along with the article, which can contain links to your personal blog or website along with information about yourself to help frame your perspective for the post.
  4. Whether you’re interested in a regular ‘full-time’ writing position (misnomer since we don’t have any hour requirements) or just a guest post.

Our typical process is that we’ll post up your guest post and let you know immediately if we think you’d be a good fit for a author spot on the site.

We hope you’ll consider writing for us but if that doesn’t interest you, we’d love if you could spread the word and tell anyone you know who might be interested.

The Border House is Recruiting Writers!

Now that we have gotten settled and have established a tone and expectations for what posts will be like here at the Border House, we’d love to open up to some more contributors!

Who are we looking for?

The Border House aims to have inclusive gaming/virtual world news and opinion with a wide variety of representatives of marginalized segments and allies.  Right now we are looking for the following:

  • Gamers of color
  • Disabled feminist gamers
  • Transgender, genderqueer, genderless, or any other aspects of gender identity
  • Gay, bisexual, lesbian gamers
  • Feminist-identifying men (who are familiar with the concept of privilege)
  • Anyone else who is an experienced writer who feels that The Border House is the place for you!

In addition, we’d love to have contributors of the following:

  • Second Life residents who are active and versed in all of the great events and associations that are relevant here
  • Active current MMO players (World of Warcraft, Aion, Everquest 2, Warhammer Online, Lord of the Rings Online, etc.)
  • Inhabitants of other virtual worlds such as Blue Mars or IMVU

What are the requirements?

Right now we do not have any minimum posting requirements.  You are free to post as often or as little as you’d like.  We also do not have any word count requirements, so if you’re someone who enjoys posting tidbits of news or longwinded opinion pieces – either is fine!

The bare minimum requirement is that you are familiar with Feminism 101 concepts and are comfortable with posting from a feminist perspective.  We also ask that you are active in the comments threads on your own post to encourage discussion, and that you’re aware of our discussion policy.

How do I apply?

We ask that all new contributors do one guest post to make sure they’re a good fit for The Border House.  We will post it under a guest account prefaced by a short bio about you.  If we like what we see, we’ll have you register and make you an Author here on the blog and add you to the list of contributors on our About page!

If you’re interested, please email us with the following:

  • Your short 2-3 sentence bio (and website link if appropriate)
  • Your first post.  Should be relevant to what The Border House is all about. :)
  • Any additional notes to the editors that you want us to know about you or your writing.

I hope to see some of you great commenters send a post on over!  If you have any questions, please reply here or contact us.