Are you an anime lover? Do you watch anime or do you read mangas? Then this is for you. Anime Herald has opened its submissions window.
Anime Herald is an online publication that is constantly on the lookout for a wide range of opinions, commentary, and critiques, and welcome submissions from a variety of angles.
Do you have a great article idea that’s itching to get into print? Do you feel that you can talk about a topic better than anybody else? Are you itching to get the word out on a manga or anime that deserves more attention in the greater fan community?
Well, you’re in luck, because Anime Herald would like to hear from you.
The articles they run are selected primarily by the strength of the pitch that you submit, and any writing samples that is received with your submission.
Eligibility For Anime Herald Submissions
- They also request that those making a submission are least 18 years old.
- They prefer for the pitches to be in English.
- Anime Herald prefers to keep content with at least a 50% focus on anime and manga. The remaining 50% is dedicated to fandom-centric interests (i.e. video games, fan art, cosplay, etc.).
- Ideally, they would like to see works that fall under one of the following categories:
- History: Features that look into the stories of their fandom’s collective past. This includes personal origin stories, convention histories, deep dives into classic titles, etc.
- Examples: Trains, Horror, & Video Tape: An Anime Origin Story, Yuri, 1919 – 2019, From Them To Now
- Fandom: Commentary, analysis, or otherwise that relate to contemporary fandom-centric topics. This includes popular anime, cosplay, fan art, etc.
- Niche: These are your passion projects; works that are fueled by a specific, singular focus that you, specifically find important.
- Example: The Many Faces of the Magical Girl: A Breakdown of Types and Subgenres, How My Sailor Moon VHS Tapes Helped Me Transform Into A Musician.
- Journalism: Investigative pieces that look into current events.
- Example: Customers Allege That Anime Bento Bilked Them
- Interviews: One-on-one conversations with figures within the anime, manga, gaming industries and subcultures that relate to Japanese pop culture, or the greater anime industry.
- Interest: Articles that don’t fit cleanly into the other five categories, but instead cover perspectives or topics that would resonate with a bunch of anime fans.
- Whether your article is accepted or not will hinge solely on the strength of your pitch, and the churn of the greater editorial process.
- The anime publication accepts all viewpoints, including those that refute or challenge existing articles, or stories by our own team.
- While they don’t put a firm limit on lower or upper word count, they encourage writers to aim for between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
- Due to legal concerns, they will not accept any work that cites fansubs or scanlations. That’s not to say that they won’t accept works on unlicensed work. They just require that all of your images for such a project be your own translations, or a reasonable sample of panels from an official release. (In plain English, a few panels is fine, but we’re not going to be posting full pages)
- Moreover, if you are including photos or fan art with your work, you will need to verify with the editorial team that you have permission to run the images, and to whom we should be crediting them.
- As a rule, they do not accept pitches for the following types of articles:
- Listicles (Ex: “Top 10 Dr. Stone Moments Ever”, “The 5 Best One Piece Battles“)
- Series or Episode Reviews
- Advertorials (Please, just don’t)
The Submission Process
- From pitch to publication, Anime Herald does require contributors to disclose their real identities to write for Anime Herald. They will gladly accommodate pseudonyms, as they understand that you may want to keep the work you publish separate from your real identity for any number of reasons, including the sharing of sensitive details, fear of backlash, or simply not wanting to be published on an anime site.
- If possible, please submit all article pitches in English. If you require support on grammar or spelling, they will be happy to help your article shine its brightest.
- For the sake of a stronger final product: Please do not submit completed articles, if you can help it. The editors would like to be able to work with you from the earliest stages to help your work shine its brightest, and to help it be the best fit for Anime Herald, as a whole.
- Due to the small staff the publication has, and limited funding, it may take a bit of time to respond to your submission. Please also note that they will not respond to every pitch, as they just don’t have the manpower to do so.
- Basically, it is suggested that you follow this rule of thumb: If you haven’t heard anything from them in two weeks, politely reach out via the General Contact Form. If you don’t hear anything within four days of the second message, feel free to shop your concept elsewhere.
- That said, do not be discouraged if your first pitch is rejected. Rejections can come from a variety of reasons, from them having similar concepts in the pipeline, or to them just being too busy with current workload. If your work isn’t accepted the first time, wait a month or two and trying again with a different pitch.
- Anime Herald maintains a rate of $50 per article, which will be confirmed with contributors prior to commissioning an article.
- Contributors must invoice Anime Herald for this amount on publication, to be payable within 30 days of publication.
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