Other than being a resource for diverse music and events that take place outside of a few prominent gay bars, TNG is an online forum for members of our community to express ideas, opinions, short fiction, and personal stories. That’s where you come in. TNG has plenty of readers waiting to hear from you, so read our submission guidelines below the fold and send your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also interested in finding local editors in cities around the US and world. If you are in the know about events and other goings on in your city and would like to help keep our events listings up to date, please let us know: email us at email@example.com.
We are accepting short (no more than 1-2 pages, please) essays/stories/commentaries from members of our community. We are not editors or philosophers and we realize most of you are not professional writers, but we do have some standards. Please do not send us your first draft. We don’t mind making small edits, but please submit posts that are grammatically correct, cogent, and well written. We love you all, but for the sake of the readership we must practice quality control.
- The TNG staff doesn’t agree with each other on everything, and we don’t need to agree with you in order for you to post here. Also, controversial topics are fine as long as you have a thick skin. Those who choose to comment on TNG tend to be less mean and more thoughtful than commenters on many other blogs I’ve seen, but sometimes comments can be sharp, so take criticism with an open mind and a grain of salt. This is a good forum for us to learn from one another.
- Don’t send us overly negative posts. Most readers will assume a snarky or bitchy tone anyway, even when none is intended, so write carefully. If you have a critical opinion, back it up with supporting arguments and/or well-written prose. Humor works well also.
- We also ask that you don’t defend yourselves via comments. You should reread your submission and make sure that it stands on its own, as we will frown on you trying to save face in the comments section after you stir up a shitstorm.
- Send us entertaining tales of hook-ups and heartbreaks, analysis of trends and ideas, poetry and haiku, saucy fiction, postulations on queer identity, criticisms and celebrations of culture, photographs, or anything else you can think of. The topic doesn’t need to be specifically gay, just well written and interesting to a “new gay” audience, which is curious, intelligent, reflective, and opinionated.
- We don’t want to read about celebrity culture and gossip. Frankly, we find you much more interesting. There are a ton of gay blogs that do the gossip thing better than we can. Also, we don’t want to hear about the latest gay-centric news of the moment. You can read about this stuff on Queerty or Towleroad. They do a good job of it. However, we DO encourage you to submit commentary on individual news items, should you feel compelled.
- Follow up! We can’t tell you how many people express an interest in writing for us and then disappear. Don’t second guess yourself: if you have something to say, say it. We’ll publish for you, but only if you send it to us.
- Finally, the most important thing to remember is that this blog is written for other people. Whereas many blogs are concerned with what their author had for breakfast or why they’re really tired today, everything written for TNG is for an audience. Always think “so what” when writing a post. You can attempt to answer a question, tell a story or lodge a complaint, but only if you’re not just doing it for yourself.
Maybe there is a particular local beat you want to cover that TNG doesn’t currently provide? Let us know.
We are particularly interested in hearing minority (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, etc.) and transgender voices.
Work with Us
Work with the fiercely energetic TNG staff on a mission you believe in!
To apply, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title for which you are applying in the subject line of your email. Currently, these positions are on a contributors basis and, therefore, unpaid.
Description: This job’s focus is to produce exclusive video content with popular bands and musicians for TNG TV.
- Ablility to work a minimum of 10 hours a week.
- Working knowledge of video editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut.
- Responsible individual able to handle video interviews independently.
- Potential for telecommuting.
- Experience conducting interviews a plus, not required.
Description: This position will require independent research, copy-editing and fact checking
- Knowledge of AP style or willingness to learn
- Pays close attention to detail
- Ability to collaborate with editorial staff to improve articles
- Able to work a minimum of 15 hours a week
- Critical thinking skills a must
Social Media Internship
Description: This job’s focus is to engage in social media in new and innovating ways. Daily tasks will include media blasts, updating and integrating social network platforms, scouting for photos, and recruiting guest bloggers. There is also the potential for publication. Some administrative work required.
- Knowledge and experience managing different platforms of social networking
- Ability to write blurbs and press releases
- Experience in journalism a plus
- Able to work a minimum of 15 hours a week
- Able to work independently, as well as in groups
- Possibility for telecommuting
- Able to handle a demanding and fast paced environment
- Experience in Excel, Word, Google Docs, WordPress
- Understanding of fair use practices is a plus, but not required.