What is kaur. space?
Kaur Space is a digital magazine and virtual community that helps its readers and members redefine their relationships to work. Kaur Space magazine focuses on thoughtful, intersectional writing about work and the points at which it intersects with the rest of our lives. The digital Kaur Space community is where members can access ongoing conversations with other members around what we publish in the magazine, more exclusive content, and live-streamed digital events.
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.
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?
Overall: We spend more time working than doing anything else—what does this mean? And how can we do it differently?
MORE QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
• How have work and capitalism impacted our thought processes? Can we imagine a world in which work doesn’t take up so much space in our psyches?
• How does the work we do shape our sense of identity
• How does work affect the way we relate to one another? How does work separate us from one another? How do systems around work create inequity?
• How does work shape our relationships to our bodies? How does it affect our mental health?
• How does work shape our relationships to the planet? How does our work impact the planet?
• How do our perceptions of work as children shape our lives as adults?
• How do popular media portray work?
• Whose work is overlooked or under examined by other publications that cover work? What does it mean to these people to work?
• What does success mean? What does failure mean? How do different people define these concepts?
• What does leadership mean? What does entrepreneurship mean? How do these concepts shape our identities and our sense of self-worth?
• What does professionalism mean? What are the rules and guidelines that have governed work, and do they still serve us?
• What does it mean to be an aging person in the workforce?
• What is unpaid labour? Who does it? What does it mean to engage in this kind of work? What would it take to recognize and value this kind of work?
• How do we define success conventionally, and how can we reject these expectations to define success on our own terms?
• How can we detangle our sense of identity and self-worth from what we produce?
• How can we advocate against structures and systems of work that don’t serve us?
• How can we be more thoughtful and empathetic members of the workforce?
• How can we work in ways that are conducive to health and wellbeing?
• How can we work in ways that don’t negatively impact our mental health?
• How can we create our own routines and systems around work that fit our individual lives?
• How can we find joy in work?
How should I pitch the kaur. space magazine?
Write your pitch in the body of an email with “PITCH” in the subject line to Kylie Adair (email@example.com). In a couple paragraphs, your pitch should clearly explain what the story is and why it fits the Kaur Space magazine’s ethos.
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.
If you do not have an existing relationship with Kaur Space editors, please include in your pitch email samples of your relevant, published writing. If you have not published your work, unpublished samples of relevant writing are also welcome.
Standards and Ethics
• 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.
• Never send a draft to a source to review prior to publication, unless in very rare and sensitive cases, in which case writers should check with the editor first.
• Avoid using sources they have a close, personal relationship to, unless it’s directly relevant to the story (e.g. if it’s in a personal essay about family).
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.
• Use Canadian spelling.
• Use last names on second reference (unless in rare cases when a source wants to remain anonymous, which should be cleared with the editor first).
• Use present tense (e.g. ‘says,’ ‘tells me,’ ‘explains’) when quoting sources.
• Hyperlink any research, businesses, sources etc. referenced.
• Use percent, not % or per cent.