DIGITAL MAGAZINE  
EDITORIAL
GUIDELINES
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INTRODUCTION

What is the kaur. space?

The kaur. space is a digital and physical space for women, gender non-binary people and allies who care deeply about the work they do, about developing their own definitions of wellness, and about the impact they make on the world. The kaur. space brand includes the magazine as well as a coming-soon physical co-working and community space in Ottawa, Canada, which will be home to events and workshops that bring our community together.

The kaur. space is founded by Komal Minhas, an investor, speaker and media-maker who was named to Oprah’s SuperSoul100 list for her work producing the documentary film, Dream, Girl, which tells the stories of ambitious female entrepreneurs.

What is the kaur. space magazine?

The kaur. space magazine is a digital publication that focuses on thoughtful, representative and responsible reporting and writing on topics related to work, wellness and impact.

Why ‘kaur’?

In Sikhism, the kaur. space founder’s faith, Kaur is the middle name that was given to all female Sikhs by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, as a symbol of gender equality. It was given to communicate that women should no longer be the property of their husbands or fathers, but have ownership over their own lives. The name Singh was given to all male Sikhs. To us, Kaur represents a deep commitment to honouring equitable values, cultural significance and intentional living.

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Writing for the Magazine

What styles of writing does the kaur. space magazine publish?

The kaur. space magazine publishes: reported features; personal essays; profiles; Q&A-style interviews; book, TV and film reviews related to themes of work, wellness and/or impact.

As of now, the kaur. space magazine does not publish: hard news, investigative journalism, fiction, poetry, satire, blog-style how-to guides, listicles.

What topics does the magazine cover?

Work.

includes ideas and issues around

• Productivity
• Corporate culture
• Emerging or noteworthy industries;
• Workplace equity;
• The freelance economy
• Anything else we do to make a living

Wellness.

includes ideas and issues around

• Health and healthcare
• Psychology, mindset and mental health
• New research and trends in nutrition and physical health, so long as the emphasis is on feeling healthy and never on looking a certain way or obtaining a particular body type
• Community
• Spirituality and self-development
• Anything else we participate in to feel well

Impact.

includes ideas and issues around

• Politics and current affairs, including profiles of politicians
• Philanthropy and impact investing
• Power dynamics in the systems we exist in (local, national, international)
• Activism and advocacy, including profiles of activists
• Social issues
• Any other ways we impact our world


 

Ideas pitched to the magazine can and should consider the ways work, wellness and impact intersect. Writers are also encouraged to consider the ways in which intersecting identities (including race, class, gender identity, ability, and more) affect their lives, and acknowledge and write about the ways in which experiences with work, wellness and impact might differ amongst people of various identities.

 

How should I pitch the kaur. space magazine?

Write your pitch in the body of an email with “PITCH” in the subject line submissions@kaurspace.com. In a couple paragraphs, your pitch should clearly explain what the story is and why it fits the kaur. space’s ethos.

Please ensure that you’re pitching a story and not a topic. A story tells the reader about a something specific that is happening — a trend, a new idea or development, a notable person, etc.. A topic is more broad and explores an idea that is not necessarily new or noteworthy. An example of a topic pitch might be titled, “The benefits of meditation.” An example of a story pitch might be titled, “How elementary schools are using meditation to improve students’ focus.”

In most cases, we won’t accept submissions of finished pieces. We prefer to work with writers to develop their ideas into stories that will resonate with our readers.

In your pitch email, please include samples of your relevant, published writing. If you have not published your work, unpublished samples of relevant writing are also welcome.

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Standards and Ethics

Writers should

• Be diligent about ensuring that anything they present as fact is true.

• Always give credit to originators of distinct ideas, concepts or phrases.

• Examine (and, where relevant, write about) the ways their own experiences and privileges shape the perspectives in their work.

• Never refer to a person’s physical appearance unless it is directly relevant to the story.

• Avoid including gratuitous graphic or upsetting details in a story.

• Never accept money or gifts from sources or organizations affiliated with sources.

 

A note about personal essays:

The kaur. space magazine will use discretion when publishing personal essays. We support writers in telling true and significant stories about their lives, but encourage them to be critical about the intended purpose of their confessional writing, and to carefully consider which details they feel comfortable disclosing and which details they’d prefer to keep private. The kaur. space magazine is a safe space to tell true and meaningful stories, but not at the expense of our writers’ privacy or emotional wellbeing.