If you have a story pitch or a piece of work you’d like to publish in The Wake Magazine, you’re at the right place! Please read this introduction before submitting to The Wake.

Come to one of our meetings if you’re interested in picking up a story pitched by our editors, or in pitching your own story in person! We’d love to meet you.

TYPES OF WORK WE ACCEPT:
The Wake has three main sections:

  • Cities (happenings and stories on campus and in the Twin Cities areas)
  • Voices (opinions on most anything)
  • Sound & Vision (our arts and entertainment section)

Each of these sections accepts 400- or 800-word articles for print, or articles of any length (preferably 200+) for online. Sound & Vision also accepts 250-word reviews. We also have a one page magazine that accepts 150-word pieces, as well as rants (about anything) from 5 to 150 words. The Wake publishes one artist Q&A in every issue (1,500 words), and one feature story (2,000 words).

GUIDELINES:
The Wake uses AP Style. If you do not know AP Style, have no fear. Our copy editors can help you out. Submitted work should be original and unpublished elsewhere. Submissions must be from current University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) undergraduate or graduate students. One need not previous writing experience or to be a journalism major to submit to The Wake. Keep relevancy and timeliness in mind.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Fill out the form with your real first and last names, your email (UMN email preferred), and a name for your document. Either type submission directly into the box, or attach a file with the “Choose File” button.

For article pitches…

  • List intended word count and section or type of story
  • Include as much information as you can on your possible story
  • List sources you plan to draw from or talk to, if applicable
  • Tell us why your story is appealing to UMN students

For story submissions…

Include:
  • A working headline, subheadline (deck),
  • byline (your name), source list at bottom (if applicable)
  • List the section your story would fit in or type of story it is
  • Tell us why this story is appealing to UMN students
After submitting, expect an email within 24 hours from one of our editors letting you know if we are interested in publishing your work. From there, you will work one-on-one with an editor (in person or over email) to further develop your story if needed, and get it published in The Wake!

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