Her Zimbabwe is a unique platform that embraces and celebrates women’s voices, brings important commentary to women’s issues and promotes women’s thought leadership. This means that the kind of content you find on this website generally falls into the following categories:
- submissions made by women discussing pertinent and women’s issues;
- submissions by women demonstrating their thought leadership on pertinent and contemporary issues in Zimbabwe not specifically related to women, but around politics, business, tech etc;
- submissions from men tackling issues of unhealthy masculinities and their personal struggles navigating patriarchy and its constructions of manhood .
You don’t have to be a journalist or be widely published to write for us. We are interested in content with a feminist lens and writers will be supported by our editorial team to produce the best possible content. Please submit your pitches to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The kind of content we are looking for:
We are looking for content that pushes boundaries, breaks stereotypes, is thought-provoking and incisive, tackling the following and other pertinent issues:
- Women, Arts and Culture
- Feminism and Feminist Practice and Perspectives
- Women, Sex and Sexuality
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Women’s Health and Wellbeing
- Women and Activism
- Women and Online Media
- Women and Human Rights
- Women, Innovation and Leadership
- Women and the Diaspora
- Progressive Masculinities
- Political participation, equality and justice.
Her Zimbabwe pushes the discussion of issues that are not often addressed in mainstream society and desires contributors to find challenging, mature and dynamic perspectives to issues that might be deemed ‘taboo’ in society.
Her Zimbabwe also pushes for the use of an intersectional feminist lens to provide interesting commentary and thought leadership on issues forming part of popular discourse such as politics, economics and prevailing social norms. Critiques and discussions of white supremacy, global anti-blackness, North South economic divide, neo-liberalism, capitalism, neo-colonialism, post colonialism, cisnormativity, heteronormativity, ableism and the like are very much welcome.
We are also aware that issues may arise unexpectedly, eg. a breaking news story about a scandal or event that has relevance to Her Zimbabwe. At such a time, we may send a specific call seeking contributions relating to the matter; or contributors are free to propose to write on a specific contemporary issue.
Our content primarily has a Zimbabwean focus or angle as part of its main discussion. However, we also accept content that does not directly address Zimbabwean issues but which Zimbabwean women can relate to, which is relevant or topical and still falls within Her Zimbabwe’s areas of interest. So contributors from across the African continent and in the diaspora are welcome to pitch us.
Her Zimbabwe is committed to standing in solidarity with our African Feminist sisters and has a dedicated Her Africa page. We encourage the submission of calls for solidarity for action, notice of action and any other content falling under any of the other above areas of interest. We also encourage the submission of pieces highlighting various forms of feminist activism going on across the continent, and would love to receive content from activists, protesters and organisers themselves to give them control of their narratives. All submissions are subject to potential edits, but we will not publish edits that have not been approved by the writers.
Her Zimbabwe is committed to being intersectional in its content and contributors and encourages submissions from marginalised persons including disabled, queer, trans and poor women (and non-binary trans persons).
Pitching an idea
In order to manage our workflow, we will ask contributors to pitch story ideas to us prior to creating content to submit. We ask that you send us an email detailing the following;
Main idea of the article
Sub-themes or issues to be tackled
Style of article (see below for the styles that we accept)
Once this is approved by the Editor, you will then proceed to write the article. We ask that you pitch us prior to submitting any content to avoid disappointment as submission is not a guarantee of publication and unpublished work is not paid for.
As content submitted will require editing, and potential revisions, the author should anticipate a lead time of at least ten days from date of submission to date of publishing should Her Zimbabwe decide to publish it.
Her Zimbabwe is committed to producing content of high quality, and our editorial process is very rigorous and thorough. We are also committed to our contributors growing as writers. If you are precious about your writing, please do not send it through. Please note that submission of an article is not a guarantee that work will be published and that unpublished submissions will not be paid for. We therefore recommend that where possible, you first share your article idea with the Editor, before you go to great lengths writing an article for us.
Breaking news: As some content is of a breaking news variety, you must be prepared to work to a turn-around time of 12 hours for such content to be finalised as it must maintain relevance to the current issue or news.
Where we can pre-empt an issue or event, a call to writers will be issued ahead of time, and with the requisite timelines.
Note: Depending on the volume of content we receive from contributors at a time, we may have to queue articles, even when they are final, for longer than a week ahead of time so that they can be staggered out.
Accepted styles for written content
Articles may take the following formats;
Such articles provide personal thoughts, views or sentiments about an issue. These must be balanced, however, with diverse perspectives on the issue. For instance, if you disagree with your topic, mention what other sources who may agree with it feel about it. Try to get as many different perspectives so that while you are asserting your opinion, you are also allowing the reader to make up their own mind by giving them a range of options to choose from.
These are articles about something that has happened recently (within 12 hours at the latest). Such articles must be current, factual and gives answers to the following questions:
These are to be written as objective pieces with comments from different sources. Please do not add your personal opinion to such pieces.
Q and A
Q and A is a ‘Question and Answer’ interview format in which you transcribe questions and answers into an article just as they are. It is important, however, that you correct any grammatical errors that the interviewee has made in responding without changing the meaning. Also, where the answer is too long or off-topic, use your discretion to condense the response.
Please also provide an introduction and conclusion to the interview so that there is a flow to it. Please also structure your questions in a way that is open-ended, that is, not lending the interviewee to simply answer in ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. Order the questions in a way that they also allow the conversation to flow naturally and pick up on interesting points raised in answering a prior question.
NB: As a Q and A is supposed to be word-for-word what a person has said, it is ESSENTIAL that you show the interviewee your final copy before sending it on to us, so that they can approve it or correct any misinterpretations. Where possible, please forward an email verification from the interviewee in which they state that they have read the interview and given consent for it to be published.
Feature articles/ Essays
A feature is a type of article that gives you greater leeway to explore a subject, person or event that is topical at a given point in time. A feature will provide background information, and be extensive in analysis and critique and will quote facts, statistics and experts on the topic. A good feature is a result of thorough research.
Essays allow a personalised approach to a topic, allowing the author to develop their argument or their thought processes.
Reviews of books, theatre and other events
Reviews must situate the book or event in a greater context. In the case of a book review, direct quotes are needed from the text, while for a review of theatre or event, quotes from cast/ key stakeholders and audience are required. Reviews must be packaged in a way that shows great awareness of history surrounding the book or genre or event, recurrent themes, sub-plots, arguments and counter arguments, as well as providing a personal perspective on the issue under review. Ambience, feelings and reactions must also be captured.
We enjoy receiving fiction and creative prose that have an engaging tone, powerful imagery and witty use of language. A strong introduction and conclusion are essential, but the true test of the work will be how it bears up in the middle passages.
Your creative fiction must have a strong plot ably supported by well-defined characters and events that keep with the momentum and the integrity of the work.
Her Zimbabwe Content Rules
Here are some basic rules that you should adhere to in ALL writing for Her Zimbabwe;
Articles, stories and essays should be between 750 and 1200 words. (News articles should stick to a word count of about 600-800).
All content should be edited adequately – reread your work before sending it to us, and use Spell Check and correct any grammatical errors. Also note that content may be subjected to more editing or cuts, or that you may be asked to re-organise your work if need arises.
Please submit articles in Arial font at 12pt font, double-spaced as Word .docx or .doc attachments.
Use as many hyperlinks to other content as possible. A hyperlink links back to other content relating to what you may be discussing in your article; for example this hyperlink links back to Her Zimbabwe. Add such links to your final Word document. Please watch this video for a tutorial on how to add hyperlinks.
Any use of plagiarism, if discovered, will be treated with editorial severity. If you are not sure about what plagiarism is, and how to avoid it, we suggest doing some further research into the area.
Avoid unnecessary and repetitive use of jargon and clichés. For instance, ‘But I digress’ is a cliché often used to appear to create flow to a piece. We advise that you do not use it. Also, do not use technical jargon related to your area of expertise that no one else would be able to understand. Make every endeavour to be comprehensible.
Do not use Zimbabwean English words, such as ‘overally’ and ‘irregardless’. These are not real words. If you are not sure if a word exists, consult a dictionary. Also do not use American English spelling; we use ‘organise’ not ‘organize’ and ‘honour’ and not ‘honor’, etc.
Where you have identified visuals to accompany your article, please provide the sources of these; that is URL links to where the visuals were sought. If they are your own visuals, make this clear to us. Visuals must be sent in JPEG format. You may also use links to Youtube videos or Soundcloud audio links, etc. If someone gives you permission to use their images, kindly forward an email or other communication from them to this effect.
We are currently able to offer a payment of US$30 per article with a possible added bonus and scope for a higher amount payable for high traffic generated by your article and/or excellent content, or content that is accompanied by original images; at the discretion of Her Zimbabwe. The payment will be payable upon publication of your article. Payments will be made at the end of each month, and you are to submit a payment requisition form, which we will provide, in order to facilitate the process. Please note that if the payment is transferred via bank account, or any mobile money transfer service, related charges may slightly reduce the value of the payment.
Content for submission must not have been previously published elsewhere. A week after the article appears on the Her Zimbabwe site, the contributor is free to use it elsewhere if you so wish.
Her Zimbabwe reserves the right to repackage or redistribute the content you provide us for future projects, or on partner websites.
You are kindly requested to inform us – with relevant links if possible – if your article is republished or reposted elsewhere, for our own filing and tracking purposes.
Her Zimbabwe Editorial