Semester one is getting stressful, so Catalyst needs your help to look on the brighter side of life. Let’s think POSITIVE. What makes you feel good? Are you a ‘glass half full’ kinda person? Is positivity always healthy?
For issue three of Catalyst 2018, we’re asking contributors to think about all notions of positivity. Which ironically, may not be positive at all. Whichever way you look at it, we want to hear your ideas. Send us a quick pitch at the google form here.
If you’re interested in contributing visual work, stayed tuned for the Self Visual Content Guide. Visual submissions are warmly welcomed at email@example.com.
[ IMPORTANT DATES ]
PITCH DEADLINE: Monday, April 23, 2018
FIRST DRAFT DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Below you’ll find prompts for both nonfiction and fiction pieces to go in the magazine alongside our regular sections + columns. These are just a guide, if you’ve got an idea that isn’t here but you think is great, then by all means – pitch it to us! Speaking of pitching, we’ve included some instructions on that in the attached style guide. Below you’ll find all the important dates for the submission of your piece.
An important note: Please keep in mind this is a student publication for students. We encourage you to think about who you are writing for and who is likely to come across and flick through a copy of Catalyst (hint: it will probably be a student!). So finding a way to make your piece relevant to student life at RMIT will always be looked on favourably by the editors.
[ IDEAS ]
Student uni life |
Maintaining motivation for Sem 2 | Pros and cons of ____ | Setting goals | Failing | Measures of success | Positive praise | Dealing with criticism | Positive protesting |
Pregnancy tests | Mood and weather | Seasonal affective disorder | Religion | Buddhism | Karma | Connotations of professions | Pregnancy scares | Propaganda | Positive ‘energy’ | American dream | Fads | Modern spirituality | Altruism | Nostalgia | Positive memory bias |Rose-tinted glasses | Positive role models | ‘All good things come to an end’ | Positive traits | Good vibes | 100% Positive | “Are you sure?” “I’m Positive” | Language | Fake happiness | Positive relationships | Pleasure |
Glass half full | Positive politics/policy | Positive affirmation | Inspiration porn (success stories) | Empowerment | Classifying comedy | Negative gearing |
Science, tech & health |
Abortion | HIV Positive | ‘Testing positive’ | False positives | STIs | Mental Health | ‘Active April’ | Unknown diagnosis | Positive psychology | Biology of positivity | Body positivity | Positive health implications | Stigmas | Hypochondria | Blood-type | Self-help | Optimism bias | Positivity trends/timeline | Motivational speakers | Pseudo science | Mindfulness | Placebo effect | Physical exercise benefits | Drug therapy | Protons, neutrons, electrons | + | Mathematics | Positive correlation
Music, culture and fashion |
Body image | Plus-sized models | Therapeutic art | Occupational therapy | Music therapy | Feel-good art | Film negatives/positives | All good things – Nelly Furtado
Recipes, DIY Projects |
Benefits of gardening | Healthy recipes | Comfort food |
We are always on the look-out for short/long-form hard news pieces to publish in our news section. If you have an idea for a story that relates to some timely news happening around RMIT, we want to hear about it. Our news director is William Ton and you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[ PITCHING RESOURCES ]
Firstly, have a read through our style guide – this is important for knowing our tone and the kinds of things editors look for when reading through pitches.
Secondly, this pitching guide by Express Media might help you figure out how to go about it. If you are nervous about pitching or are pitching for the first time, remember that Catalyst is the perfect place to take your first steps. Who cares if you cook it, we certainly won’t! We don’t want to miss out on a great idea because the writer was worried about submitting a subpar pitch.