Call for submissions
We Are Not Rats is a quarterly publication providing a space for debate and critique to confront inequality, challenge conformity and create a world fit for humans, not rats.
We are a collective who publish articles relevant to social change in Scotland and the North and we are looking for submissions.
The theme of our first issue is autonomy. You can approach this in any way you see fit; we also welcome other submissions relevant to our aims. We will publish both short articles and long articles, of up to 3,000 words. The deadline for the first issue is Thursday 28th November. Questions, queries and submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
We are also looking for new illustrators, web-designers, editors and distributors. If you have exciting ideas or skills and would like to be part of this, get in touch.
If you want to submit, read this:
We believe in free speech. Although it is an often undeveloped concept.
Before you write for us, have you read our mission statement above? If what you’ve got in mind fits, we're up for a debate, and we'd love to hear from you - although lack of space means we can't promise to publish everything we receive.
That said, we won't provide a platform for justifying prejudice, discrimination, inequality or subservience to authority. Those views and values get far too much space elsewhere – we'd like to be part of the antidote.
Accessibility is a virtue. As is brevity.
We want as many people to read and digest this as possible – so please don't make things harder than they need to be. Similarly, we'd rather you didn't use three words where one would fit just nicely.
That said, the world is complicated and if you feel that to do your article or topic justice you need new concepts, more words, or more space, please feel free to do so. We set a word-limit to encourage in-depth pieces.
Your conclusions should flow from your arguments.
Logic is the only tool we have to assess what you're trying to say – so use it. We're happy to publish things we don't agree with, but we can't publish everything, so please try to justify the points you are making.
It's all a conspiracy! Maybe, but can you provide references?
It has been said that: “The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses.”(Utah Phillips). Why not provide those addresses in a few footnotes?
If you'd like to provide a few links for readers to explore and find out more, that would be cool as well.
We appreciate you taking the time to write for us and will try and provide some kind of feedback if we need to make major changes to your submission, or if we do not publish it. Thanks!
Further Guidelines For Submissions
Please submit all documents in a commonly readable word file such as .doc or .odt
If you want to include images, we encourage this, but please make sure the images are of sufficient quality (e.g. 300 d.p.i.). Please make sure images are licensed under the Creative Commons or you have the right to use them.
Please use references for key facts and statistics from sources that we can believe. Please use footnotes as opposed to other ways of referencing.