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Happy New Year & A Call For Writers!

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Hello GayGamer.net readers, we'd like to wish you the very best in 2011, and we hope that you'll all be ringing in the New Year with class, dignity and grace.

...Just kidding!

But we do hope you'll put down your bathtub gin cocktails and vuvuzelas long enough to consider whether or not you'd like to write for GayGamer.net! Now, we know we've had calls for writers in the past, but we've beefed up our back end (really, we have. Ahem.) and will be finally rolling out the big redesign that was scheduled for our fourth birthday this past July, but which was set back quite a bit by the evil schemes of some hackers with small penises bad attitudes.

So if you think you'd make a good fit with the site, even if you've submitted an application before, please consider answering this, our latest call for intrepid internet writing-type adventurers:

  • Firstly, this is a volunteer position - meaning there is no pay. We all do this out of the love of the games and the desire to provide a LGBT-safe space for gaming.
  • You must be able to commit to doing at least one article a day.
  • We are looking for all kinds of writers: male, female, trans... gay, straight, bi... all are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Should you find yourself yelping "Yes! Yes, please! Yeah, I love doing fun stuff for free! Yay!" then please, dear one, apply:

  • Send in one or two samples of your writing here with the subject "GayGamer Writer's Application". The best bet would be to write two original pieces (one news item, one opinion piece) as if you were writing something for the site.
  • The subject line of your email should read "GayGamer Writer's Application"

Everyone please have the very best New Year possible, and we'll see you in The Future!

19 Comments

Willbabe said:

Stupid question, but the last time you submitted the call for submissions, I sent something in. I never heard one way or the other. Would you prefer a new application, or rather could I recycle pieces of my old one?

M0taku said:

vuvuzelas
Yay for accepting apps, now that the holidays have ebbed i actually have time to submit something.

Hgielyac said:

I might take a crack at it. :)

Drand (site admin) said:

@Willbabe Thats not a stupid question at all. Please resend the same submission as last time. No need for you to go through that work again. We had some issues the last time around and didn't get through all the applications. If you submit something this time, expect a response from me either yes or no.

Thank you for all the interest! We've got a few submissions already, keep them comin'.

Spike Davies said:

This sounds like an awesome opertunity.

Drand said:

@Spike It's a lot of fun! You get the opportunity to meet a lot of people in the gaming industry and make connections you might not have been able to make otherwise. We've had writers get jobs in the gaming industry thanks to the writing they did on GayGamer.net. We have a great staff and we can't wait to add to it.

Caracticus said:

Could you ballpark the length of "an article"? I could manage a blog-entry-type article daily, but not a multi-paragraph deeply researched journalistic triumph.

ZeroGravity said:

Like Willbabe, I applied last time and heard nothing either. An article a day is pretty steep. Guess this would suit a student or part time worker. I work full time so might sit this round out...

NaviFairy said:

If you applied before and didn't hear back, apply, apply again.

This is coming from someone who applied once, didn't hear back, then applied a second time and has written for the site for 2 1/2 years since. Second time could be the charm.

link6616 said:

Exellent, currently got an opinion piece nearly complete and should be sending the application with news piece sometime in the next day...

I'm worried the opinion piece might be a bit long for the site, but 700 words isn't that long...

BK said:

How about getting someone to write the gay gamer of the week again regularly? This guy has been up for... 4 months now?

Drand said:

@BK We're working on it, we don't have any submissions right now to replace it with. If you'd like to be up there, send us your info to info@gaygamer.net and I'd be happy to put it up.

Scott said:

An article a day for no pay is very steep. I know you guys want to keep this site going, but you have to be realistic.

I think if you're open to taking in a higher quantity of writers, but who submit an article on a once a week or even twice monthly basis, you'll do really well. I have a full-time job, but I would happily submit something twice or so a month. And since you're not having people churn out crap every single day, the articles would be higher quality.

link6616 said:

Mmm, I agree with Scott on the article amounts... I'd be able to work to that load, but with a week to the articles you'd get much higher quality without a lot of crap coming in.. Perhaps giving each person a different deadline (so one article at least comes in each day), and then possibly grab 14 people and you have 2 well written posts a day, and more are welcome!

Regardless, I've submitted my stuff and hope to get in, but 1 a day is steep for any level of real insight or quality.

link6616 said:

Sorry for the double post...

When are we likely to find out if we are successful or not?

Q said:

It's not so much that I applied and didn't get in last time, as it is that no one bothered to tell me anything. A simple form letter response would have been better than nothing at all. It's just rude and it totally diminished any motivation I might have to apply again.

Drand said:

@Scott and @link6616 Thanks for the suggestions but we need to be able to count on having content daily for our readers. This way works for us and I understand that may not work for some people that may be interested in writing for our site but there are a lot of people that it works well for. We need a small staff that we can rely on and communicate well with.

@link6616 Everyone will get an email (yes or no) by the end of the week if not sooner.

@Q You're right, it is completely rude and I apologize for it. I really can't speak to what happened last time (I wasn't brought on until about a month ago) but I can say that It will not happen this time around.

brucey said:

If you think one article a day is "steep," then... um... you shouldn't apply?

Obviously they're looking for people who think writing a post a day is fine. If you're not that, then... it's not a stretch to guess that you probably aren't what they're looking for anyway. I'm not up to it personally but I wouldn't expect anybody to lower their standards enough to let all the whiners on board.

Anybody who's ever worked a job with any kind of managerial responsibility attached can tell you that having 40 writers who are willing to write "at some point but not regularly" sounds like absolute hell. Quality in, quality out.

link6616 said:

@Drand. No problem, I look forward to the high workload if I get in and thanks for the response, makes a lot of sense, especially the keeping the numbers down as managing large teams can be a nightmare (especially for consistency)

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