Beyond the Binary is an online submissions-based magazine website, which aims to give non-binary people the opportunity to contribute and share what they are experiencing, thinking and doing.
We welcome people who identify anywhere on the non-binary spectrum from the UK to submit articles or other media on a range of different topics, from real life, discussion and opinion, to reviews, artwork, and fiction.
Who can submit?
We welcome submissions from the UK by anyone who identifies as ‘non-binary’ which we use in the broadest sense as an umbrella to catch and include a range of gender identities that do not completely fit only male or only female. Please see our mission statement for more details.
We recognise that the majority of websites, resources, and experiences come from people in the US, and there’s not a lot of visibility of non-binary people in the UK. As such, this website is UK focused and run by a UK based team. Having said that, we are also aware that even within this small group of people, the voices who usually get heard are white, and we encourage and welcome people of colour to submit even if they are based outside of the UK.
What sort of things are we looking for?
In short – EVERYTHING! Even if you’ve never written before or aren’t confident in your writing ability – we’d love to hear from you if you have something to share. We’re not limited to articles about gender or your journey as a non-binary person, though that can definitely be an option to write about. Everything is welcome here, from art, zine scans, comics, projects you might have done, musings about sex, bodies, race and relationships… and even fiction!
Have a look on the top menu bar and you will be able to see all of our categories.
The editors will take a look over all pieces we get submitted and may make light edits for readability, but we won’t drastically alter your work. We accept ALL writing styles, topics, and themes, and if you have a question about submitting, please send us an email at email@example.com.
For more information on your submission, please see the guidelines below:
- Please don’t submit anything more than 2000 words. There is no minimum amount of words you can write, but we try to keep general submissions within the 500-1200 word mark. If you’d like to submit a video, please link to it online and we can embed it into the page.
- Our style guide is flexible. We take into consideration variations in speaking and writing and welcome diverse range of styles – it just has to be legible. In a read-through, our Editorial Team may only scan for typos and simple grammatical errors to increase readability of your piece.
- We will always send work back to you if we edit it – just let us know if it’s OK.
- The Editorial Team will discuss the suitability of your submitted piece if we have questions about the content, or if we find any of it offensive or questionable in some way. Offensive material includes writing and opinions that explicitly or implicitly excludes, insults, scapegoats, stereotypes or lampoons marginalised groups.
- A link to who the Editorial Team is can be found in the top menu. If you wish to contact one of us directly, please indicate who your email is for in the subject of the message.
Content Warnings and Accessibility
- Please provide content warnings if relevant (such as trigger warnings) e.g. mentions of sexual abuse, violence or brutality, graphic descriptions of distressing situations, nudity, etc. We will put warnings in the body of the text at the beginning of your piece, but please ask us if you think your piece needs a trigger warning before it. If you are submitting erotic material, specify that you would like it to be included in the NSFW section of the website.
- You don’t have to submit work with a title – but if you do, please ensure it is not graphic and be careful to make sure it avoids language which may be triggering.
- Visual artwork must be submitted with a written description.
- Videos must be submitted with an option which allows clear subtitles to be read from the video.
- Audio submissions must include a transcript.
- Should you have any difficulty in making your material accessible, please submit and the Editorial Team can suggest methods of improving your work’s accessibility.
- A note on non-English languages: Beyond The Binary does not believe in elitism or censorship in editing. While we may edit pieces in grammar and spelling, this is solely for the purpose of easier readership. Submissions that include non-English and/or nonstandard English language for artistic and/or political purposes will not be translated, unless the author so wishes (however, editors must be provided with a translation to verify that nothing offensive is said). This includes “slang”, dialect, and non-English languages. A submitter can specify whether or not they would like a translation to be included with the piece as well.
When will my work get posted?
- We currently publish twice a week and you will be notified when your submission is live. We will aim to post news items within 48 hours of receipt – please mark these as urgent and submit to the main email.
How do I submit work?
Send the work by email to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
- A copy of the work attached and a brief few sentences describing it (include any trigger warnings).
- Submissions should be labelled with YOUR NAME and a few lines about yourself plus preferred pronouns, TITLE and CATEGORY (these can be found on our menu bar). In the body of the email include preferred contact information, or we will assume that your email is good to use for any future contact. Please attach all work submitted as one document with images submitted in high resolution separately.
- Whether the work has been previously published or is under submission elsewhere.
For large media files, you can upload them elsewhere on the web and send us a link.
We look forward to receiving your submissions! 🙂
Payment Programme – 2016-17
While we remain a small organisation, the team at Beyond the Binary is very proud to offer a greatly expanded program of paid work for non-binary writers and artists. Commencing in August 2016 and scheduled to end in July 2017, we will be offering 4 paid writing opportunities per month. We understand that non-binary writers and artists are frequently expected to offer their work for free and we firmly believe it is essential to fight against a culture which undervalues our work. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to offer payment for all the work we publish but the new program increases both the number of paid opportunities and the payment for each piece. Send your submissions to email@example.com.
Here’s how to be part of the program:
Who can apply?
Our original program was targeted at increasing the representation of AMAB (non-binary people who were assigned male at birth), PoC (people of colour) and/or intersex people within the community. We shall be continuing and expanding this within the new scheme: 2 of the paid positions per month will be exclusively held for UK AMAB, PoC and/or intersex contributors, with another 2 open places.
We strongly encourage AMAB, PoC and/or intersex contributors to apply for any paid position on our site, as we are committed to centering and amplifying the voices and writing of marginalised and underrepresented non-binary people.
In the event that our priority slots are not filled we will open them up to others. If you are AMAB, PoC and/or intersex please indicate this within your submission to help us manage this. Only UK residents will be eligible for this new scheme.
How do I apply?
Email us as detailed in the submission guidelines for an unpaid submission, but please include in your subject heading ‘Paid submission:’ followed by your piece title.
How much will I be paid?
We are currently able to offer £50 for each piece we accept.
How will you apportion the paid slots?
This will largely be done on a first-come-first-served basis. We won’t offer more than 1 slot to the same person per month.
What can I submit?
We are very flexible about the type of media we carry, please see the general submission guidelines for an outline. In addition to this, paid pieces should not be previously published elsewhere and should be your own thoughts and ideas (for example, we won’t be accepting reviews of other people’s work or interviews).
What if I don’t get a slot?
We’ll contact you to let you know if we have any more slots available for that month. If we haven’t got any more available we may either queue you in for the next month or discuss whether you would still like to have your work published as one of our unpaid slots. We remain committed to working towards paying all of our contributors, but unfortunately we are not able to yet.
I’d like to support non-binary writers and artists
Great, our work is mainly funded off the back of donations. Click the link below to donate to our PayPal and thank you for helping to keep us running!
Additional questions / FAQ
Any common questions we are asked will be answered here.
What rights do I have as an author? Do I get paid?
Your work will always be attributed to you in the way that you ask us to – for example, you can ask us to use your full name or just your first name and any title you prefer.
You keep copyright of your work and can re-use it elsewhere.
Please see above for information about our new payment programme.
Can I submit stuff that’s been published elsewhere?
Yes, provided you have the right to republish it (this is likely if it’s on a personal blog or similar, unlikely if it’s been commercially published). Please tell us about any previous publication when submitting.
I’m not non-binary?
I’m cisgender or I am trans, but do not identify as non-binary (or any other variation of this).
You can support us by reading and reblogging/sharing our stuff. However, we’ve chosen to make the work on the site only by non-binary people – there are plenty of other spaces on the web which you can submit to, and we thank you for respecting this.
I have another gender identity that doesn’t fit only male or only female:
Please see extract from our mission statement below – you can submit work if this applies to you:
Beyond the Binary uses the term ‘non-binary’ as an umbrella to catch and include a range of gender and sex identities that do not completely fit only man/woman, masculine/feminine, or male/female, but we realise that language varies from person to person and space to space, and some people may not feel included by the term. There are no guidelines on what ‘non-binary’ is or is not, and we do not enforce one image or experience of being non-binary.
We also realise that the gender system ascribed to and lived in by many non-binary people is the creation of a white, Western society, and as such the term ‘non-binary’ may leave out people from cultures that have more genders than male or female, or different systems of gender. Though this is a complex issue to navigate, we welcome anybody to write about their experiences of identifying as another gender apart from male or female, in any culture and from any background. We welcome indigenous and cultural expressions of gender and gender identities, recognising that these experiences and identities are marginalised by Western structures of gender.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Comments moderations policy
- No offensive or discriminatory language will be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to racism, homophobia/biphobia, transmisogyny, cissexism, ableism, and sexism. Comments displaying this will be deleted by the editors.
- No personal attacks on the author will be tolerated; this doesn’t impede on anybody’s right to call someone out for behaviour or subject matter of an article, but bullying and harassment will be dealt with promptly.
- Any questions about comment moderation can be directed to the Editorial Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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