Deliver 1 post per month, by the assigned deadline. (Your deadline will be the same each month and was assigned in your offer letter.)
1 year, which begins and ends with the months specified in your offer letter.
Shoot for between 500 and 1500 words. (If you want to do a piece that doesn’t fall within this range, please consult the Blog Editor for feedback.)
The blog crew is diverse, and you are expected to be who you are and to do what you do. Collectively we’ll cover a lot of bases. In your offer letter, you were likely assigned a beat based on your application. You are not required to stick to this beat exclusively, but you are expected to contribute in this vein substantially. If you’d like to amend or alter your beat, please consult the Blog Editor.
If your first paragraph will encourage readers to knock themselves out to click “continue reading,” then it may serve as your excerpt. Otherwise, please craft an appropriate excerpt for your post that achieves these ends.
You were invited to join the crew because the Blog Editor (and others) appreciate your voice/experience/work. Be yourself, and be “familiar.” The tone of your posts should make readers feel as if they are having a conversation with a warm acquaintance. Think epistolary and/or personal essay, and by all means avoid anything that approaches the distancing often characteristic of academic or technical writing (and even some journalism).
If in doubt, contact the Blog Editor, who will be happy to discuss proposals and/or take a quick look at preliminary drafts, as time permits.
Know that the Blog Editor may suggest changes to your posts and/or provide direction. Don’t take it personally; any direction is intended to wrangle 16+ diverse contributors into a cohesive MQR blog crew and to insure that your work is presented as its best possible incarnation.
MQR relies on a strict (and largely inflexible) system of transparent expectations and accountability in order to function as a high quality online experience run by a team of one extremely part-time person. In this system, MQR cannot accommodate deadline extensions.
If your post is late or absent for any reason, it counts as late/absent for the purposes of the contract accounting. No excuses or explanations are necessary (and, the Blog Editor prefers not to field excuses and explanations because they tend to make neither their author nor their reader feel very good). However, communication that a post will be late or absent is advisable, and advanced notice is most helpful.
Although MQR does not accommodate deadline extensions, MQR does acknowledge that life sometimes intervenes. Our system is designed to accommodate “life” and still deliver high quality content 52 weeks per year. Thus, while the expectation is that contributors will deliver 12 monthly posts per year, according to an assigned deadline schedule, you are allowed one late/absent post per pay period without automatically jeopardizing your commitment to MQR. This allowance is designed to account for non-delivery of any kind that results from “life,” but it should not be considered permission to skip a month regularly. Skipping a month regularly will jeopardize your MQR commitment.
Although MQR’s system is designed to insure that we have enough high quality content to publish each week, even when life intervenes, if everyone goes offline in a given week or month for say, the start/end of the semester, the Hopwood Awards, summer, etc., then the system breaks down. Please plan accordingly, and use your “missed deadline” allowance only for major life events that you are planning and/or for genuine emergencies or issues that you have no way of anticipating.
Finally, if you submit material outside your regular deadline cycle, please know that MQR publishes what’s delivered on-time first, providing it is up to our standards. Secondarily, MQR publishes whatever extra posts are available in the queue if they are up to the standards, the Blog Editor has time to address them, and a hole needs filling. Submission of material, particularly if out of cycle, does not guarantee publication.
To be compensated, MQR requires the following information:
You will be compensated $30 per published post.
Payment will occur three times per year for the following pay periods: May-August, September-December, and January-April.
Following the close of each pay period, you must review a pay request submitted to you by the Blog Editor for accuracy and return any corrections by the specified deadline.
You can expect a 24-hour response to queries that require responses. If you haven’t heard from the Blog Editor within that time frame, it’s likely that your message has fallen through the cracks. Please try again.
So that your email distinguishes itself from non-MQR business in the Blog Editor’s email queue, subject lines should follow this convention: “MQR Blog: [insert your subject here].”
Moreover, to facilitate communication tracking, if you are replying to an existing thread, please do not change the original subject line.