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Fandom Calling: Geek Lounge Submission Guidelines

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A wise and incredibly nerdy man once defined the word geek: “It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” That man? Star Trek’s Simon Pegg. Exactly the type of person we’d like to see represented in our Geek Lounge.

Geeks come in all flavors, from Whovians to Mathletes to Zombie Enthusiasts. They are admirers of technology, collectors of toys, fan-fiction writers, cosplayers, and connoisseurs of all things on the fringe of pop culture. Are you a geek? Do you have a nerdy passion? We want to hear from you.

We are particularly interested in:

  • Essays about Sci-Fi/Fantasy culture (including fandoms and conventions)
  • Reviews of movies, television, books, and music with an alternative bent
  • Geek focused product reviews
  • “Top Ten” style lists about an aspect of geek culture
  • Personal pieces about your life as a geek

Our tone is positive, energetic, and confident. The Geek Lounge is not a place to pit fans against fans—it is a welcoming home for people to indulge in their favorite aspects of fandom. Be sure your content fits our focus. For example, “The Top Ten Doctor Who Toys and Games” would fit well. “The Top Ten Reasons to Watch Grey’s Anatomy”, would be better suited for another section of S&C. Remember to keep your piece concise, focused, smart and, when suitable, witty. We aim for a count of 1000 – 1500 words for essays, but longer pieces will be considered. Other word counts will vary dependent on the piece.

Send your Geek Lounge piece in the body of an email to Geek Editor Barbara Sirois Doyle at barbaramsd@gmail.com. Please include “Geek Lounge Submission, (your name)” in the subject line. If it works for us, we’ll ask for the document as an attachment. You may include a 50 words or fewer bio of yourself and your publishing history. We do accept simultaneous submissions but appreciate you letting us know if a piece has been accepted elsewhere.

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About Barbara Doyle (229 Articles)
Barbara Sirois Doyle is a Contributing Editor for Sweatpants & Coffee. She is a writer, mixed-media artist, and, most important, a wife and mother to her boyos three. She is a voracious reader, unapologetic uber-geek, and lover of all types of music, from Public Enemy to Rachmaninoff. If she's not watching Supernatural or Doctor Who, she is likely trolling the internet for amusing cat photos. She takes her coffee light with no sugar.

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