CONTRIBUTE ONLINE

SWINE magazine’s form and function is slowly but surely shifting.

Our lovely little family of new and returning team members are very keen to maximise the opportunities available to you, Swinburne students and alumni, to get your work out there and seen – and we’re starting by revamping our previously underused SWINE online platform.

Contributing to SWINE online isn’t all that different to doing so for our 4 print editions. There’s just a lot more ongoing opportunity for you to pitch and submit your work. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever had work published by us, if you’ve never had anything published at all, or if you’re not even studying Arts. If you’ve got something you want to say, be that by word, design, film, animation, podcast whatever, we want you. Check out our online

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submission guidelines below and hit us up for a chat at media@ssu.org.au if you’re keen to get your work seen by a digital audience. We’re so excited to be breathing new life into SWINE online, and we really do value timely, diverse, original, punchy content. If you feel like one student, two students, any students would benefit from your work, even better!

Also: join our Facebook group, because this is where we’ll post any important updates, opportunities, callouts and article ideas.

SUBMITTING YOUR STUFF

There are no submission deadlines for online work, so feel free to submit or pitch at any time. If you are submitting writing of some sort, do send your work across as a Word doc, double spaced, in 12-point font to swine@ssu.org.au. When you do send your work to us please please please use email subject line Swine Online Submission, so we don’t miss it!

If you’re planning on submitting a film or music review please contact us first to prevent any double-ups – we’d hate for your hard work to go to waste because someone’s already submitted a review for the same movie, for instance.

What kind of online stuff should you be submitting, you ask? For starters, steer clear of work containing hate-speech or slurs. If you’re reporting on a current event or a specific person, remember to report fairly and accurately. We’re happy to help you with this.

This is what we’re after:

Features

Got some Swinburne-related breaking news to share? Want to interview someone fabulous because you feel students should hear their story? Have an issue you would like to investigate and write about in depth? Pitch or send us a feature story! The word limit is 2500 words, and if your work fits nicely within one of our themed print editions, we’d be more than happy to publish it online and in print.

Reviews

 The latest in film, books, live music, gaming:  you name it, we’d like to read it. We also welcome work that errs on the analytical rather than critical – why a Joker sequel is unnecessary, who should win the Hottest 100 this year, a historical primer on the use of whipped cream in teen films, the usual. Remember to italicise the names of any films, songs, books or shows you mention. Reviews should be no more than 750 words and analyses up to 1500.

Listicles

Fun, snappy and no more than 700 words: this is where things can get equal parts silly and helpful. Content can be directly tailored to students of Swinburne, e.g. 5 Mexican restaurants that pack a mean punch within walking distance of uni. Or, they can be as out of the box as you like – 10 of the most obviously sponsored Instagram posts ever, perhaps?

Op-Eds

If something grinds your gears or really sets your heart soaring, let us know in written form, in 750 words or less. This can be Swinburne related (free the pigeon), about day-to-day life (why commuters should learn not to clog up train doorways) or centred around broader societal issues (media coverage of schoolies). Remember: no hate speech. Just passion and good writing.

 Fiction/Creative non-fiction/Poetry

If you’ve got some creative work you’d like people to read and none of it thematically fits into our print editions, feel free to submit it here. Fiction and creative non-fiction should be up to 1500 words and poetry no more than 45 lines.

Multimedia

Got a short film you want to showcase? A satirical makeup tutorial you want someone to laugh at? An interview series you think Swinburne students should see? Get in contact with us! Ideally, we’d like to publish content that hasn’t been distributed anywhere, that is less than 10 minutes long. This category is very new to us though and we’re more than keen to chat further, if you have other ideas or would like to help.