Hi. Hey. Howdy. Can we pull off ‘howdy’? Definitely not. Quickly moving on. You’ve just joined our fast-growing and inexpressibly talented team of contributors, writers, artists, and photographers at The Hysteria Collective. Firstly, a massive welcome and thank you for expressing an interest in working with us.
The Hysteria Collective is a collective of creative women, trans and non-binary people who are creating content for likeminded people, independently. This is a platform for sharing the work of creatives, helping them to create a network of other creative people, building intricate projects promoting social issues and encouraging them to venture into the creative arts, unapologetically. It is also an excellent place to share work that can ultimately make up part of a portfolio, be that writing, art or photography.
Started in the kitchen of a grotty university house, a team wasn’t in the initial plan. Since our launch in 2019, we have grown exponentially and we are always pushing to grow more. We now have an editorial team of seven, multiple student ambassadors across the UK and over 100 contributors talking about a variety of interesting topics on our platform.
I want to contribute to The Hysteria Collective through my writing/artwork/photography. How do I set up an account?
You want to work with us – amazing! Drop us an email at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can and set you up with a writer’s account.
I have my writer’s account and I’ve started writing something ground-breaking. But, like all great masterpieces, it’s not quite ready yet. How do I save it in drafts so I won’t lose it but it also won’t go up on the blog incomplete?
We applaud your work ethic. You’ve logged in to your Hysteria account on WordPress. You’ve got on the ‘Posts’ Tab down the left-hand side. You’ve clicked the pink button on the right-hand side that says ‘Add a New Post’ and you’ve started writing.
Click ‘Save draft’ on the top right-hand side. This will save your piece in the drafts section of your writer’s account for you to return to later.
I’ve finished my piece and it’s ready to go up on the site.
Brilliant – pop ‘PENDING’ in the title or tick the ‘Pending Review’ box under ‘Stick to the top of the blog’ and above ‘Author’.
The ‘Author’ box on your piece should say your name unless you’ve like to publish your work anonymously. If you’d like to publish it anonymously under ‘thehysteriacollective’, just drop us a message through any of our socials or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort that for you.
Once it’s ‘Pending Review’, one of our Editorial team will look over your piece and schedule it on the blog as quickly as we can.
I want to go back and re-read some of the work I’ve published on the site. How do I do this?
No problem! Go to our home page and search the title of your work. Only titles appear in the search bar so, unless your name was in the title, your work won’t come up if you just type your name.
I don’t know which categories suit my work. What are the options?
We get a lot of questions about the types of work we ‘want’ from people. Ultimately, we love creativity and that can come in so many forms – whether it’s an opinion piece, poetry, reviews, photography, painting, photography or spoken word. Our categories are continually expanding as our contributors provide us with their work, so just have a scroll through the categories as they’re currently listed (see images below) and tick whatever feels most appropriate. Or, if nothing feels right, drop us a message and we might set up a whole new category. Categories are listed under the ‘Document’ tab. Scroll down, click the ‘Categories’ drop down menu and you’ll find all of the categories listed there.
I have a picture in mind that I would like to use for my piece. Can I add this to my draft?
Due to certain copyright rules, the images that we use on the blog come from Unsplash. Unsplash is a site that provides free imagery without any copyright rules so we can’t ever get told off for using someone else’s artwork. The editorial team usually assign an image to a piece during review before we publish it to the site but if you find one you really like on Unsplash, feel free to add it and we’ll look over it before it goes live. Also, it’s not a rule but we’re polite, so at the end of every article, we list the name of the artist who provided the image. For example, ‘Image courtesy of Jane Doe.’
I really enjoy writing for The Hysteria Collective. How do I get more involved?
Keep writing! Keep providing us with your amazing artwork. You can also network and collaborate with other artists on the site or drop us a message if you have an idea for a series you think we’d love! We’re constantly looking to recruit more contributors. We have a growing list of Hysteria ambassadors at universities across the country, so if you’re a student or in any literary/creative groups, let us know and we’ll set you up spreading the word about Hysteria wherever you’re based.
Are there any style or word count limitations?
Stylistically, you are free to write as you wish. We don’t want to limit your voice in any way. If you think your style is hugely different just do a mini deep dive into our website and check it goes with the general tone. We do ask that all pieces uphold our values of: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, SUSTAINABILITY and HONESTY. Aside from that, go for it! Word count for an article should be no more than 1,000 words.
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Welcome to The Hysteria Collective. All of our team are so happy you are joining us and hope you enjoy sharing your work with us and sharing our page far and wide, helping us grow even bigger.