Red Pepper is a bi-monthly magazine and website of left wing politics and culture. It is a socialist publication drawing on feminist, green and libertarian politics. They see themselves as a space for debate, as well as providing resources for movements in social justice, and a ‘home’ to anyone who wants to see a world based on meaningful democracy and freedom.
“In contrast to the mainstream media, Red Pepper’s content comes directly from an international network of writers based in the alternative movements for radical social and environmental change.”
Although this is unpaid work, it is exposure for your writing in either a print magazine or website, depending on where your contributions are. Red Pepper are open to receiving article proposals for both print and online, which is a great way to expand the diversity of your portfolio.
So what should the article be like?
“A typical Red Pepper article offers background and context to political issues, a challenge to intellectual/political orthodoxy and what the mainstream media are saying, an important story that hasn’t been covered elsewhere, or it provokes debate on an important issue for the left. Most articles published in Red Pepper are written specifically with the magazine in mind, and reflect our style and concerns.”
With that being said, be sure to familiarise yourself with the magazine’s style and political approach, to ensure the best potential for your feature. Red Pepper like contributors to submit a synopsis of their article, around 100-200 words, outlining the idea which should include:
- what subject or story you plan to cover
- what kind of article it is (ie, news, comment, essay, review)
- if a comment or essay piece, its main argument
- where it will fit best in the magazine (eg, is it a feature? A Know Your Enemy piece? A Natural Born Rebel? etc)
- a clear sense of your planned approach, tone and style
- your full contact details
- whether you have published articles in other magazines or publications
To submit a proposal email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Red Pepper, 44-48 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7JP