I still don’t get it – what are you looking for?
My Backstage Tales was created with an aim to create a community of content creators who want to share their experiences and shape our story of how creative industries, such as fashion, beauty, film, and music, operate. If you have a story, and a knack for storytelling, we want to hear it! We’re looking for an original story- one you haven’t published elsewhere- about your personal experiences or about a cause that you are passionate about. This could be an emotional story about how creative industries have impacted you, a news story about an interesting development or product, an interview with someone who inspires you and is involved within a creative industry, or it could be something fun and unusual. Whatever the case, we want your story. So, don’t submit something generic that could have been written by anyone, make sure it’s injected with your personality and your own opinion.
Here are a couple of great examples for you to understand what we’re all about:
Will my content be published on Backstage Tales?
Once submitted, members of our editorial team will sort through and review each piece of content. If your content hits the spot, (see above) someone will be in touch to chat about it in more detail with you. After we have everything we need, we’ll find a spot in our publishing schedule and it will go LIVE! Feel free to share to your heart’s content, because we will too!
I submitted something but haven’t heard anything yet – what’s up with that?
With the volume of content we receive, we’re unfortunately not in a position to respond to applicants that are unsuccessful. But don’t fret! If you haven’t heard from us within 1 month of your submission, it probably means that piece was unsuccessful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take another shot. Just make sure to read through our advice above, and some of the content we’ve previously published. Give it another go!
If I’m published, will I get compensated? What’s in it for me?
If you’re looking to get cold hard cash, no. You’ve come to the wrong place. But that doesn’t mean that Community Contributors won’t be rewarded. For a start, if you’re an aspiring creator you’ll be part of a movement that includes some all-stars – these will be your peers. Your content will be on a high-reaching site, supported by Backstage Tales’s sizeable social channels and email database to raise your individual profile.
Most importantly, you’ll be in the pool to earn some perks, such as Amazon vouchers, VIP fashion week invitations, movie premiere tickets and even travel experiences. I mean, this is what we’re all after right?!
Every three months, the team will review the published articles submitted by Community Contributors. We’ll then select the best, most engaging, most outstanding piece of content that we love, that our readers love and our social audiences vibe with. Who knows, you might find yourself moving through the ranks and becoming one of our Featured Contributors, receiving regular content missions around the world.
My content is in a language other than English, can I still submit it?
Our main audience is currently English-speaking and, as a result, our site is only set up for content in English, therefore, at this moment in time, we’re unfortunately unable to accept applications in languages other than English. We’re hoping to change that, so watch this space!
I represent a brand and I’m keen to be involved, can we become a contributor?
We do work with brand partners on My Backstage Tales, however, this is not an aspect of our Community Contributor program. If you represent a brand, please do not submit through our online application, instead, ping us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I submit content, will I forfeit my rights to it? Will you own it now?
No way. The content you submit into our Community Contributor programme is yours. However, when you submit it, you’re giving us permission to publish it on our website and use it in our marketing activity (read –> social media). You’ll always have an opportunity to have it removed if you’d like to, and in that case, you won’t see it on our social channels either.
If I sign up to the newsletter, am I going to get sales messages?
Hell no! We get it, sometimes you just want a nice story in your inbox to read on your commute. You don’t want to be spammed with offer after offer after offer. Rest assured, signing up to the Backstage Tales newsletter means you will only be receiving our top performing content briefs. Sign up below, you know you want to!