Do you pay for stories?
Yes. The organization pays upon acceptance. Fees start at a few thousand rupees and range upward, depending on the writer’s depth of experience, the amount of research required, and the story’s length and complexity.
Who reads the blog?
Our readers are bright, curious, and critical, and among them are experts on everything. Stories must be written for the intelligent layperson.
What makes a good story?
Our scope is wide. In the feature section, we profile alumni who’ve gone on to interesting adventures or remarkable achievements, excerpt books by Indian authors, and print in-depth accounts of events happening around the world. Sometimes we tap University scholars to tackle current political, cultural, or scientific issues. We also chronicle major events in India and occasionally publish first-person essays. Typical feature lengths range between 1,500 and 2,500 words.
Shorter stories (600 to 850 words) that spotlight a particular person, event, or research project are also the part of the blog.
How do I submit story ideas to the blog?
The best way to reach us is by e-mail. Send query letters to [email]. Otherwise you can write to: [Address]
We consider all queries, but the best ones are both brief and specific. Include salient details of your proposed subject and explain why the story is ideal for this publication. Give us your sense of the story’s overall length and flow. Pieces submitted on spec should be no longer than 1,000 words.
Tell us a little about yourself too: describe your previous freelance experience and enclose a copy of your resume along with published clips. We look for writers who not only demonstrate professionalism and rigorous reporting skills but also write with style and flair.
While we do not filter writers solely based on their experiences, anyone with above set of skills are invited, even amateurs.
What happens once a story is assigned?
The blog’s editors make assignments and work with writers at the outset to fix deadlines, determine the word count, and hammer out central themes. While features may take a month, or several, to write, department stories are usually due three or four weeks after they’re assigned.
Once your polished first draft is submitted, magazine staff members edit it collectively, though you’ll continue to work through the assigning editor. We ask writers to fact-check their stories before turning them in. Freelancers can expect to take part in two or three (sometimes vigorous) rounds of revision—answering content questions, reworking copy, and doing additional research—before a final draft emerges.
How do writers get paid?
All writers sign a independent contractor agreement and fill out a application form. We make payments after an assignment has been accepted, and processing takes four to six weeks from receipt of the invoice.