Writing Gigs: “Under the Radar” Looking for New Writers

under_the_radar_issue_58_the_protest_issue_med_res_new_writers_neededUnder The Radar Magazine is looking for new writers to write about music, films, TV shows, comic books, books, and – yes, for reals – DVDs.

Here’s the help wanted ad on their website:

Under the Radar is actively seeking experienced new writers to write for our print magazine, digital magazine for tablets/smart-phones, and our website. We’re not only looking for music writers, but are also on the hunt for writers who want to write about any of these entertainment mediums: film/DVDs, TV, comic books, and books. For example, we need more film writers based in New York City who can attend screenings and review films for us. Our regular writers also get to weigh in on important editorial decisions, such as who to put on our print magazine covers and what we think the best albums of each year are. Interested parties should please email writing samples to austin@undertheradarmag.com.

Three important points:

  • We’re only looking for experienced writers who have written for other established websites and/or print magazines.
  • Please put “Writing Samples” in the subject line of the email.
  • Please do not apply if you’re hoping to make tons and tons of money, as there simply isn’t much money in independent print journalism these days. We make a comfortable living at Under the Radar, but do it out of a passion for music and the other mediums we cover and not for big paychecks. We also don’t have any fulltime positions available right now, we’re only looking for freelancers. But our writers are very much involved in the editorial process at Under the Radar and are often consulted on big decisions about each issue.

Please include the following information:

Writing samples, ideally as direct links to samples online or Word documents, need to be submitted. Please submit at least two reviews in whichever entertainment medium or mediums you are most interested in writing about it. (So if you want to write about music for us, then please include two album reviews. Film writers should submit two film reviews, and so on.) If you’ve written feature articles, then also submit two of those. We’d prefer not to read live reviews or Q&As. Please don’t just send us a general link to your blog, they need to be specific links that go directly to your best samples.

Also include a list of publications (print and/or online) that you have written for in the past or currently write for.

And finally, if possible we would like to see a list of your 10 or so favorite releases from the last year connected to whichever entertainment medium you most want to write about. So for music writers, it’s a list of your favorite albums from the last year or so. For comic book writers it’s your favorite comic books and graphic novels from the last year, and so on. (FYI: many of our writers write about various different forms of entertainment, but some only specialize in a certain area, such as music or comic books, and we’re happy for either type of writer.)

This sounds to us like a good opportunity. You can learn more about it HERE

As usual, we’re hoping as many of you as possible will take advantage of this info, apply for the gig, get it, and write back to us here and describe how radiantly happy this has made you. And that’s a for reals feeling too.