Submission Guidelines

Founded in 2002, the TransAdvocate is investigative news and nuanced commentary from a boots-on-the-ground trans advocate perspective. What sets the TransAdvocate apart is its commitment to publishing contextual pieces based upon original investigative effort. In other words, we don’t simply repeat the news, we report the news as uncovered though actual investigation.

Specifically, the TransAdvocate focuses on watchdogging anti-transgender media tropes and misinformation that gains social currency. We’re willing to do what it takes to expose hate — especially when hate is being peddled as reason, faith or journalism. We here at the TrasnAdvocate generally won’t pull our punches and we are all too happy to drag the truth – kicking and screaming – into the light of day.

We’re interested in original fact-checking, evidence-based opinion pieces, international reporting, investigative work, interviews and well as gorilla, advocate, and gonzo journalism. We are committed to intersectional feminist dialectics, diversity and enjoying what we do.


How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through our submission form. Your work must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, xls, xlsx, .mp3, .mp4, .wmv, and .mov. If you are sending artwork (comics, photos, etc.), we prefer images to be a PNG file format. You will need to add a single paragraph author bio and include links to both your Twitter and FaceBook.

Review Time: Our internal review process may take as long as 12 weeks. All four TransAdvocate Editors will review your submission. Once you’ve submitted your work, an editor will update you each step of the way.

Becoming a TransAdvocate Contributor: Once you’ve had at least 3 articles published on the TransAdvocate, the Editors will work with you in creating your own author page on the site, issue you a transadvocate email address, help you become a approved google author, setup your own Tip Jar, and invite you to join the TransAdvocate Writers Collective.

Fees:  The TransAdvocate is non-profit organization and as such is organized around the community work we do. While the TransAdvocate was never intended to be a capitalist endeavor, honorariums are paid to authors for their contributions.

Contribution Type

2016 Honorarium Ranges

Crosspost 10.00 – 15.00
Short content piece (lists, how-to, etc.) 10.00 – 20.00
Short essay 15.00 – 30.00
Longform piece with chapters,  original multimedia, photos, and/or graphics 30.00 – 75.00
Investigative piece, original multimedia, photos, and/or graphics 30.00 – 100.00
Essay with original multimedia, photos, and/or graphics 20.00 – 50.00
Interviews with  original multimedia, photos, and/or graphics 15.00 – 75.00
Op-eds 15.00 – 40.00
Other Discuss with editor

Additionally, we offer members of the TransAdvocate Writers Collective a “Tip Jar” that will remain active with each piece you write for as long as your work remains part of the TransAdvocate site. Tips are paid via PayPal from the reader of your work directly to you.

If you’re interested in submitting your work, but are in a position to forego the honorarium, you may designate that you payment be donated back to the TransAdvocate’s writer’s fund or, direct that your payment go to another TFA project (the Transgender Archive, the scholarship fund, etc.). If you’re in the position of being able to support the TransAdvocate writer’s fund, please consider doing so:

The Tip-line:

If you know of a story or need to discreetly notify the TransAdvocate of a tip, call us anytime at 708-274-7826.

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