|LeftLion 43, Oct-Nov 2011|
Ever since we launched in 2003, LeftLion has been created, maintained and enhanced by writers, designers, photographers, illustrators and techies from Nottingham. Although we now have a strong team of creatives and backroom staff, we're always looking for new blood in practically all areas. If you want to be down with the Lion, read on...
1. You need to be dead, dead, dead, dead, dead good.
Alright, we might be exaggerating a bit, but we take what we do at LeftLion very seriously - we've put far too much time in to treat it any other way. Our goal is to showcase the cream of Nottingham talent, and produce magazines, website and podcasts of exceptional quality. If you can match our standard, we'd like to hear from you. And if you're not there yet but you have potential, we'd definitely like to hear from you.
2. We don't do internships.
At present, LeftLion is what we do when we're not doing our paid jobs, and we don't have office space. Therefore, we've got very little to offer potential interns. So please don't ask.
3. You're not going to be paid.
Sorry, but at the moment contributing to LeftLion is strictly a love thing and a huge contribution to the Karma Bank. But if you want to fatten your portfolio, or need a platform to get noticed by traditional media, or just want free rammell and the tingly glow in your loins that only getting published can provide, we can help.
4. Approach the right person.
We have a platoon of departmental editors, covering everything from Art to Sport. So if you want to write about a certain subject, or you want to offer your services as a photographer or illustrator, make sure you talk to the right person - their contact details are in the latest issue of the mag. And tell 'em what you want to do; saying you'll 'do anything' will get you exactly nothing.
5. Don't expect to get in the mag straight away.
At present, we have over 50 people contributing to a bi-monthly magazine, so we're not desperate for people to pitch in on that score. We are keen to ramp up content for the website, however, so there are plenty of opportunities to get you acquainted with our house style and hook you up with the right people. Once you're down with the house style and we know you're ready, you'll get your chance to contribute to the mag.
6. We have no time to teach from scratch.
Most of us have proper jobs, and we pull stupidly long and late shifts to keep the standard of the magazine and website high - so we can't hold your hand and teach you things from scratch. We're more than happy to pass on what we know, but we can't turn you into a writer/illustrator/photographer.
7. We're a Nottingham mag and website.
In other words, please don't contact our Music Editor offering your services to review whoever's playing the Arena or Rock City because you want a plus-one - we're far more interested in reviewing Notts bands at the Maze or Bodega. The more local you're willing to be, the more interested we'll be in you.
8. We're gagging for backroom staff.
If you can help us jack up our social media profiles, or help us sell advertising and services, or just want to deploy your non-creative talents to help us out, get in touch. We're all dead nice people, actualeh.