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We’re currently looking for more female writers to contribute to Loud And Quiet. The ones we have are brilliant, but we need more, just like we used to have

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When Loud And Quiet started up 10 years ago – and through the following 8 or 9 years – I was happy to say that around half of our contributing writers were women.

Really, it just happened to be that way, and in actual fact, maybe I’m more proud of that fact now, retrospectively, and especially since these days we are short on female writers writing about the music they love within our publication.

This is something I’ve been acutely aware of for the past few months, and while I hope it doesn’t affect anyone’s enjoyment of Loud And Quiet, it is something I’m determine to address and rectify.

I’m happy to say that many of those female writers who we’ve worked with in the past have gone on to great things (Kate Hutchinson is the current Dept. Ed of Guardian Guide, Chal Ravens is staff at Fact and a writer at Wire, Amy Pettifer is over at The Quietus along with Sophie Coletta, to name a few), but while we were once contacted by as many women as we were men with regards to writing for us, it is no longer the case. Photography wise, we still receive plenty of submissions from women (hence half of our brilliant photographers are women), but it’s rare that those asking to write words for us aren’t guys.

I’ve thought a lot about why that is, and discussed it with our team of contributors (both male and female). I’ve not come up with a straight answer, but of course more female names on bylines can do nothing to discourage others to get involved. I’ve also thought about how to tackle the problem, and this very forward call for female writers to get in touch seems like a good start. After all, we can hardly sit around pondering why women aren’t getting in touch with us and just hope that they will.

So, if you would like to write about the kind of music we feature, please do drop us a line at info@loudandquiet.com. There’s no need to attach a CV – we’d rather an example or two of your work and an idea of the music you listen to. If you’re new to the magazine, please take a look around the site to get an idea of what we do and how we do it, to determine if you think we’d be a good fit for your style of writing.

We’re on print deadline for the next 2 weeks – please bear with us while we get back to you. Hopefully we’ll be inundated with submissions.

And gents, please do continue to get in touch also. A majority of our writing team may well be men, but I respect and appreciate them wholeheartedly, and much of the reason for that is because they continue to write about music without any trace of misogyny or prejudice.

Thanks for reading. Stuart

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