As well as the editors and staffers you can read on the site and hear on our podcast and radio shows, ESC Insight has published guest posts from many contributing writers. Some of those writers have become regular contributors, some have stayed as single articles, others have joined the team to become more involved. New contributors are invited to write about a specific topic, sometimes we spot ideas on social networks and ask if the idea could be expanded, others have pitched ideas to the team.
Let’s talk about that latter… how to contribute to ESC Insight.
We think our mission statement is clear and gives you a great idea at the level you should look to achieve:
ESC Insight brings you in-depth editorial, discussion and commentary around the Eurovision Song Contest.
Beyond that, what excites you, what angers you, what brings out your emotions? Write about that!
Guest articles are usually between 600 and 1000 words – although we don’t really have an upper word limit look for a balance between giving your article as much story and content as possible without overwhelming the idea or padding out the word count.
Although ESC Insight has addressed some rather big issues in our time, we find that the best guest articles will concentrate on a narrow topic – a specific rule, a single country, one new idea, or one question.
Ask yourself what your unique viewpoint is on the issue. There’s nothing to stop you looking at a popular Eurovision topic but you should try to add something of substance to the debate.
Once you know what topic you want to write about, make sure that you are answering the question you set. If you’re going to highlight a problem you should always propose a solution, even if all you want to do is open up a debate.
One of the quickest ways to get an idea of what could work on ESC insight is to read guest articles on the site. Just remember that ESC Insight is a team effort, everyone has their own unique style and we’ll help you develop that. You could hit the archives, but here are some of the guest articles that have worked really well.
Myths, Legends, And Questions: How To Talk To The British About Eurovision, by Ellie Chalkley.
The perception of the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom is a complicated one. Ellie Chalkley cuts through the rhetoric and blinkered attitudes from the mainstream media and talk to your friends about the the Song Contest.
Fan Fiction, Finals, And The Eurovision Song Contest 2020, by Ewan Spence.
With no Song Contest in 2020, the Eurovision community brought their collective efforts to try and find their own annual winner. For a community that delights in the story of the Contest, that’s not going to be enough. Ewan Spence explores the world of fan fiction, and finds our community’s need for an ending is not unique
Do We Feel Hate, The Issue Of Bullying At Eurovision, by Sharleen Wright.
The Eurovision Song Contest has brought together communities and countries, sharing the happy times with new friends through the biggest musical party in the world. So why is this year seeing a rise in online bullying, vitriol, and hate? Sharleen Wright looks at the darker side of Rotterdam 2021.
Mariette On Coming Out, Expressing Yourself and Life Changing Falafel, by Ben Robertson.
Ahead of Sweden’s third Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi Final in Luleå, Ben Robertson meets popular artist Mariette and listens to the background of her life and story whilst she gets ready to compete in one of the largest Eurovision selection shows.
Send us your ideas in a email ([email protected] and [email protected]). Sum up the story idea in a single sentence, then give us a broader idea of the article in a single paragraph. We’ll look over the pitch and get feedback to you as quickly as we can.
We are also expanding our audio coverage in the podcast, and we’re always open to your ideas for audio contributions. As for the oft-asked question of “can I appear on ‘Juke Box Jury’?” our Judges are generally chosen from the Insight team and frequent guest writers after we have met in real life.
ESC Insight has evolved over the years it has covered the Eurovision Song Contest, so we’re open to any of your ideas if you want to contribute to the site. The team look forward to hearing from you.