Love being a part of The Opal Club? Want to add your voice to our community? We're always looking to add new Gems to our contributor roster!
What are we looking for?
Articles with original reporting, social & cultural criticism/ analysis, personal opinion pieces, film and book reviews, LGBTQ perspectives, creative writing pieces, and just any stories you need to tell!
Don't know what to write about? Email our editor email@example.com to help with your brainstorming process.
Follow the submission guidelines and options below, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to DM us on Instagram.
Scroll down for format info & where to send & more info you need to know!
Theme of the month essay.
There is no word limit. A comfortable word count is 700-1300+ words. Send in a .doc, .docx or Google docs format. No jpeg screenshots or PDFs will be considered as we cannot edit those.
MArch: dear 16-year-old me…
Some ideas to inspire:
Love, Relationship to Self, Sex, Films, Books, Relationships, Change, Coming Out, Literature, #MeToo...Or whatever else you want.
700-1300+ words. If you're not sure about what you're writing, contact us first to pitch or brainstorm.
No jpeg screenshots or PDFs will be considered as we cannot edit those. Send in a .doc, .docx or Google docs format.
Creative Writing + Poetry.
You can use the Theme of the Month! Or not. Whatever floats your boat. Send in a .doc, .docx or Google docs format.
Include your name, at least 10 pieces, artist’s statement, artist’s bio, and all your website and social media information. You can use or not use the Theme of the Month. That's up to you! Photographers, painters, sculptors...and anyone else welcome to submit!
Instagram or Website Content Contributor.
Email us high-res work or hashtag #theopalclub .
Original films, music videos, shorts, etc. Film reviews, recommendations, essays also very welcome.
Loved a book? Hated a book? Worship an author? An author got it oh so wrong? 700+ words. Send in a .doc, .docx or Google docs format.
Where do I send my submission? What format?
All submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Acceptable formats: word, wordx, pages, GoogleDoc with “edit” enabled.
What do I include in my submission email?
In the subject of your email please include what section you're submitting to. For example, if you're submitting Poetry, please write "Poetry Submission. For Gallery: "Gallery Submission". Personal: "Personal Submission". You get it! In the body of the email please include your name, age, social media, a brief description of your piece and why you’re submitting.
What kind of submission is the least likely to be published?
How soon will I hear back?
We’re a really small editorial team, therefore it may take some time! But never fear, if we decide to proceed with your submission, we will get back to you.
What happens when my piece is accepted?
If it’s a written piece, we will probably ask you to edit it to really make it perfect! Or we might edit it ourselves, if the editing required is minimal. Then, we will let you know when it’s going up, and we will send you the link to save and share on your social media, tagging @theopalclub_ and using the hashtag #theopalclub .
When is the deadline for the Theme of the Month submissions?
The last day of the month. If you need more time, warn us in advance.
What if my submission is rejected?
If you submission is rejected, try again with another piece! Unfortunately, we only choose the best of the best of submissions, whether for content, writing style, aesthetics, etc. A rejection from our publication or any other doesn’t mean you suck and doesn’t determine your worth as a writer or artist. Just keep working and believing in yourself, superstar.
What if I want to keep have my work published anonymously?
Just let us know! It won't be a problem. But provide us with the information above nonetheless. It will be anonymous if it is chosen for publication.