As part of our endeavour to give a voice to and open up more opportunities for as many funny people as we can, we’ve hastily opened up our blog to any writers who have something they want to get off their chest. And while there’s no pay for any content that we use, you will get full credit and a space to write pieces that would typically be spurned by Big Blog.
What’s the process?
We’ve kept the process fairly simple. First, read the rest of this page and make sure you understand the type of content we’re actually looking for.
Then, if you think you fit the bill, you’ll need to send us an article you want us to post on our website and distribute to our networks. Finally, we’ll read the article and either say “nah, thanks” or “love it, this is ours now” and schedule it for publishing. And that’s it, though if we don’t accept your article for whatever reason we’ll always offer feedback on why.
What we’re looking for on our blog
Comedy, obvs. We are a company that peddles the stuff so it’s a natural requirement. The type of funny, however, is something we’re quite flexible on.
Something we’re a bit more particular about, though, is the topic and content of your submissions.
Finger-on-the-pulse type stuff. If it’s in the current zeitgeist, if it’s pretty relevant to right now, we want it. Right now. Hot takes on trending topics are always welcome, and we’re indeed open to hotter and potentially more controversial takes. As a smaller outfit we can take bigger risks.
General comedy news and opinion
If you happen to know of anything that’s happening in the world of comedy worth knowing you can write about it. This is one type of content where humour isn’t a requirement. Perhaps you know of a new, exciting comedy writing opportunity or you have something to say about the current stand-up scene in the UK. All of it is welcome.
Comedy hints, tips and guides
Be that improv, stand-up, sketch or any other variety. Any insights you want to share on the hows of comedy are very much welcome. Humour here isn’t a requirement.
Fiction and Parody
Short stories are welcome as long as they’re more than humourous. Parody news articles too, acknowledging that the fact that it is a parody article will be well highlighted.
Who doesn’t like a good list? The nature of the list isn’t massively important, all that matters is that it’s funny.
Special and/or interactive pieces
These are less frequent ‘cos of the work involved and we’re a bit more selective about what we run with.
We have the resources to create special pieces that may look different to the normal article or maybe encourages interaction from the reader, such as a “what type of X are you” type quiz, as an example. We’re happy to pour in from the resources we have to make it happen if you pitch something hot, so get creative with it.
What we’re not looking for on our blog
A simple list:
- Attacks on the disenfranchised/vulnerable, and disrespectful or hateful content won’t be accommodated for. Discussion about controversial topics is not inherently bad as long as it’s respectful and considered.
- Anything shorter than 300 words.
- Blatant self-promotion. If the only benefit to the reader of the article comes from giving you money, we don’t want it.
- Reviews of live comedy nights of any kind. Given that we’re content generators ourselves, we’re not about getting publicly critical of others doing the same thing.
- New gig announcements. Such gigs are largely local, and we’re not trying to do local news here. Also, it would be easy for us to become just a noticeboard for any gigs and that’s not what our visitors are here for.
Why should you give your content away at all?
A good and important question.
It really depends on you and what you’re objectives are. The best reason we can give is that it’s easier for you. Anyone who does or has ever maintained a blog undertands that keeping up a steady stream of worthwhile content can be tough. Being a regular on another blog, where you don’t have any deadlines or obligations (unless you want some, if that’s what you’re in to) is a lot less pressure.
It also means that you can point scouts, potential employers and collaborators, and exes you want to make jealous to a public body of work in the hopes of being validated. And we’d like to point out, again, that you don’t have to do any of the hard work like you would if you ran your own blog.
Submit your piece using the form below and we’ll get back to you within 5 working days.