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You can tell this, because I get *stuff* in return for Written Things. In this case, film festival tickets in return for an article on Sherlock Holmes, to be published in the next issue of Fuse Magazine.

This is cool. I could get used to this. Editor, Alex, is very nice and says I can continue to pitch articles to him even if I leave Canberra.

Things worth noting:

- I pitched the article because Alex ran an informal social media/publicity campaign asking for more female contributors to Fuse

- I've been reading Fuse for six months, knew about their website and the fact that they take public submissions. But I never even *thought* about submitting until this specific invitation came out. Since Fuse manages to fill up with articles, I assume that either the editor knows more men personally(he IS a gay man after all) or that more men are willing to send in pitches out of nowhere, or both.

- When I put the pitch to Alex, it took me ages to actually get up the courage to do it, because I felt like my topics of interest weren't *lesbian* enough (Sherlock Holmes: Least Lesbian Movie Ever). And obviously female contributors to a GBLTetc magazine should write on *lesbian* issues. Alex's call-out said he was particularly after lesbian-focused articles (which would be grand, Fuse has few of those), but it did have the side effect of making me dubious about whether or not I would be valuable as an author of general queer interest articles. Alex was very welcoming, over email, and assured me that he's happy to have more articles by women on ANY topic.

So:
- putting call-outs for female contributors is a good idea, especially if your personal network is more likely to attract men.
- it's probably worth making it clear that you welcome women to write on *any* topic, as well as women's-interest topics.
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