Kick-off meeting to create Slingshot issue #125.
* Brainstorm articles for next issue
* Orientation on how you can submit articles, art, photographs
* Help us discuss our audience and themes for the next issue
* Discuss fundraising and distribution
* Your chance to comment on Slingshot
Everyone is welcome.
Issue #125 is due out on October 6, 2017
Deadline for Issue #125 is September 23, 2017
The 2018 Organizer is at the printer and will be available October 1. Copies of the 2017 are STILL available! click here to see information about the organizer. There is list of local stores that carry the organizer, links to mail-order distro websites, and names of the cover colors. (NOTE: if you know of a store that might want to carry the organizer, email it to us and we can send them free sample copy.)
*****If you have a project that distributes information to prisoners, immigrants, homeless people, oppressed people or youth who would not be able to purchase an organizer, we may be able to send you a box of returned pocket organizers if you will distribute them for free.******
Issue #125 Article deadline is September 23, 3 pm
Please submit articles, letters, drawings, photos, and other publishable stuff at Long Haul Infoshop: 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley.
We welcome unsolicited non-fiction articles about radical alternatives to the status quo. We suggest you write about stuff you’re involved with, know about, or are passionate about. See the bottom of this page for tips on writing articles.
INFO ON SUBMITTING ARTICLES TO SLINGSHOT
Slingshot welcomes unsolicited non-fiction article submissions on a variety of topics. Because we only come out every 3-5 months and it takes a while for an article to go from the author to getting distributed, the best Slingshot articles are analysis, not pure news updates. Analysis is a process that examines and discusses news events and facts and reaches conclusions. It is different than an opinion rant — just spewing about what you think. While sometimes pure opinions are interesting, you’ll increase your chances of writing something publish-worthy by going beyond just ranting. We also like funny articles that make political points in a funny or interesting way. We like first-person articles where appropriate much better than dry articles with no “heart”.
One big purpose of Slingshot is to go beyond just providing information and analysis about social issues and provide some inspiration. Every day the mainstream press is full of articles about problems. The alternative press is at its best when it goes beyond just talking about problems and instead points to solutions — areas available for struggle, the development of new and creative tactics, hopeful stories about people who are changing things. A lot of people know we’re facing problems, but usually, this awareness just makes people feel hopeless and paralyzed. The alternative press can help figure out how to move people from disempowerment and resignation to action!
Slingshot has no formal political “party line”. We aim to reach a number of audiences:
– folks who could potentially be sympathetic and active, but haven’t yet made the step from critique to action.
– folks who were active at one point, but who’ve become discouraged or withdrawn.
– folks who are concerned about single issues or skeptical about the social direction, but who haven’t developed ideas about answers — what could be done, what would a new society look like, how can people organize to create change?
– people who are already inspired and motivated to act and want to hear about what other people are up to and think about new tactics or be exposed to what is working for other people.
Radical media can point out connections between seemingly distinct issues and social problems — a lot of problems and solutions come down to a critique of hierarchy, power, racism, patriarchy, dehumanizing structures, and economic / technological systems. We want to create media that goes beyond an academic, cold discourse and touches what is really human, precious and unique about each of our lives.
A good Slingshot article may contain some or all of these points:
1. Contains an analysis of a particular aspect of social reality that looks at the problem or phenomenon from a new angle or in a way that goes beyond “common wisdom” about the issue or typical liberal / progressive (or even radical / anarchist) points.
2. Suggests solutions vs. just pointing out how fucked up things are.
3. Inspires folks to actually do something. Just understanding an issue and knowing a theoretical solution is not enough. Each of us has numerous opportunities during our lives to change, grow and struggle. A great article will connect solutions to these opportunities.
4. Be fun to read, reach people on a personal / emotional level, maybe be funny or exciting, use non-jargon filled language that is accessible to a variety of people, explains or defines terms and ideas that are not universally understood and spells out group names vs. using acronyms. Articles should also address the who, what, when, where, how and why. Slingshot articles do not have to be objective but an author may find it helpful to define their biases where applicable.
It is easiest for us if you send the article as an attachment to an email either as a .doc, .rtf, or .txt file.
Contact us if you have questions. The next article deadline is April 15. Once people turn in articles, we have a weekend meeting where a big group of us read all the articles together. (If you are in the Bay Area or can come here, join us for the reading and editing – it is fun and we’ll feed you and entertain you with jokes and ancient music played on vinyl records.) Through that process, we either decide to publish an article as-is, decide to contact the author and ask them to revise the article, or decide that the article isn’t right for Slingshot. If we contact you and suggest revisions, you’ll have 3-4 days to make the revisions and one of us will be available to discuss the requested revisions with you.
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN SLINGSHOT!