A collection of content surrounding a common monthly theme. All content for the Cover Story should follow the scheduled themes for each month (below, in this section). We accept content in two (2) main categories: Deep Dives, and Stories of Us (see below sections for detail). Each Cover Story has two (2) Deep Dives, six (6) Stories of Us, and one (1) Artist Feature each month. The Deep Dives represent Scholarship, the Stories of Us represent Community--they are both equally valuable, and go hand-in-hand to inform each other. 


December, FAM: The Chosen Family concept, and queer and trans homelessness

January, ELDERS: Honoring and respecting our QTPoC elders, plus advice from those who did it all before us

February, BLACK: Black History Month and the Black LGBTQ community

March, MIND: Mental Health, self care, and the stigma of both in QTPoC communities

April, EARTH: Environmental Justice, and the impact of pollution and Climate Change on PoC

May, AANHPI: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders  

June: QULTURE: Subcultures, scenes, and concepts of safe spaces for Pride Month

July: TOUCH: Sex, sexual health, sex positive discussions, and the fight against stigma and shame


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efniks daily

Short, blog-style posts on daily news and events. Submissions should include 1) item-related photo, 2) linked item, and 3) 100-200 word blog-style summary and comment on the item. 


The deep dive

Scholarship. Longer articles focusing on history, context, reporting, analysis, and related discussion into some chosen topic. Submissions should include 1) subject-related photo, 2) supporting links within the text (or footnote citations), 3) 1000-2000 word article. Minimum 80% third-person reporting, max 20% personal stories--please keep personal, first-person narratives within these pieces to a minimum. Deep Dives can be separate from the Cover Story content but must meet editorial guidelines, approval, and follow our 2-draft editing process. 



Community. Mid-range personal essays and first-person stories by QTPoC individuals on their own lived experiences and relationships to any topic. These submissions should include 1) essay-related photo, 2) 500-700 word personal essay. Stories of Us can be separate from the Cover Story content but must meet editorial guidelines, approval, and follow our 2-draft editing process. 



Art. We feature one artist of visual media (sketch, paint, digital drawing, etc) each month. Features include a brief, written Q&A, and 5 previously completed works to feature at the top of the following sections of the website: Cover Story, EFNIKS Daily, Deep Dive, Stories of Us, and EFNIKS Media. 



We accept video, video series, short film, recorded audio, podcast partnerships, poetry and short stories, artist features, and more. All content must follow the EFNIKS Editorial Opinion and be approved by our Director of EFNIKS Media. Contact for more. 



EFNIKS pays our contributors with money raised through our Donate page. These donations go to help fund all operations and pay our contributors, with more than 90% of money raised going directly to our writers, artists, and creatives. Our staff receives no compensation--this is a labor of love for our QTPoC family. Currently, we provide compensation for our Cover Story content: Deep Dives are $150, Stories of Us are $40, and Artist Features are $50. 


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