The opportunity 

Do you have an opinion on an issue you want to share? Do you have a solution to a problem? Do you feel like you have a unique insight into being a young Victorian?

We’re inviting YACVic young members to submit their writing for publication on the YACVic blog. We’d love to hear what you have to say about your experience as a young person, and topics and issues you are passionate about. Let our blog be your platform for getting your voice out there!

You will need to be a paid-up YACVic young member to participate in this opportunity, which is easy to do and is very affordable – just $3 for a year or $5 for two years. Become a member here.

Remuneration

This is a voluntary opportunity. 

Support 

If your submission is chosen to go on the blog, the YACVic Digital Communications Officer will work with you to get the content as hot as it can be. If there is any media interest or follow up the YACVic team will coordinate and support you with this. You’ll also be able to access support from Sam Champion, Participation and Development Coordinator at YACVic.

What is expected of me?

There’s no real commitment here – just put your writing forward if you want to! If you submit a piece we'll assess it's place in our content mix and get in touch to let you know. If successful, we will work on your submission together to get it ready to publish.

What will I get from this?

If your piece is published on the YACVic blog then your ideas and voice will live online for you to share with anyone you wish. We will amplify your work to over 2,700 young people and youth workers across the Victorian youth sector via our newsletter Announce and social media. 

What skills/knowledge will I develop through this opportunity?

Writing, editing and publishing are the most obvious skills you’ll use and develop. If your piece is published then you’ll be able to link to it in your uni or job applications too.

Submit now

If you’ve considered the submission guidelines and would like to contribute to YACVic’s blog, please email [email protected] with ‘blog submission’ in the subject line.

Please provide a brief overview (a sentence or two) about your story in your email, and attach two versions of your final submission (1 PDF and 1 Word document).

Please note that we reserve the right to make edits to your submissions before publishing, though if these are significant we will be in touch to discuss them further.

We will do our best to get back to you about your submission within 10 working days.

If you have any questions please contact Sam on [email protected].

Submission guidelines

Like any publication, we have a good idea of what makes a great story for our readers. We ask that you consider the following guidelines when submitting to our blog. 

Share your perspective

We want to hear your opinion and personal thoughts on something going on in the world. It can be fun or serious, global or local, something that affects you and your friends, or not. You decide!

Keep it original

We can only publish stories written by you, and that haven’t been published anywhere else before. 

Check your story is right for us

As the peak body for young people and the sector that supports them, it is important that we fairly represent young Victorians while also remaining true to our mission, vision and values as an organisation. Familiarise yourself with what we stand for, as well as the kinds of stories we have previously published on our blog. This will give you a sense of the kind of inclusive community we are about.

Get creative

Are there any images, videos, gifs or illustrations which might help convey your message, your personality, or both? It’s not mandatory, but it can be great to give your story a little extra. Be sure to provide links to any images you wish to use so we can properly credit the authors. If it’s your own work then of course, the credit goes to you. Please make sure you state where the images come from in your submission.

Ensure your post is easy to read and follow

Regardless of the style or format of your blog post, we are looking for structure and language that is as accessible as possible. Write in short, sharp sentences and paragraphs, and think about using headings to break up your points a bit more. The most important thing is to make sure you are painting a clear picture in the minds of your readers. We recommended you introduce the issue/topic in the beginning, follow with a series of short body paragraphs that explain your position, and finish with a little conclusion of sorts where you wrap it all up.

Keep to length

We are looking for stories which sit between 750-1000 words.  

Include references

If you mention facts or other people’s ideas in your article, please provide a hyperlink to the source so we can properly credit the author.