Rebellious Magazine for Women Freelancer Onboarding Guide 2017

Undeniably Chicago. Unflinchingly Feminist.

Welcome to the Rebellion! We’re so glad you’re here. Here is some general information about writing for Rebellious Magazine & how to get paid.


Before we publish your first piece, please email a 200-ish word bio to Rebelle in Chief Karen Hawkins at The byline on your pieces will hyperlink to your bio.

Here is Karen’s bio as an example:

Karen Hawkins is a recovering mainstream media reporter who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she's always wanted to start when he called her “Rebellious” for taking too many weekends off. When she isn't instigating a media Rebellion, she's thanking her lucky starlets she gets to do whatever she wants on weekends.


Yay, money!

Please fill out a W-9 & return it to Karen at

We have two payment options: Chase Bank QuickPay or an old-school paper check. Let us know which you'd prefer.

For QuickPay, we just need you to confirm: the email address or mobile number you'd like the money sent to.

For kickin' it old school, we need: your snail mail address.

Payments are generally issued Fridays for the week prior.

Social Media

Are you on social media? Awesome! So is Rebellious Magazine! Let’s follow each other, shall we?

We'd also love it if you'd like, love & share our content, both your own stories & any others you come across.

Social media matters a lot for a publication like Rebellious -- it drives traffic to the site, increases our reach & makes us more attractive to advertisers.

Here's how to find us:





Freelance Rates

$100 for 500-word profiles & articles

$50 for columns, essays

$25 for reviews (music, movies, books, TV)

What Kind of Content we Publish

Rebellious is based in Chicago, and priority will be given to articles, essays, profiles and stories about Chicago-area events. That said, we’re always looking for great content of a general interest: Some of our best columnists are from outta town. Essays and reviews are also a great way to get published if you aren’t in Chicago.

We also love: profiles of women business owners, articles about feminist issues & events, anything about topics that we – the royal we – don’t talk about enough.

Who Are We?

Rebellious Magazine for Women was founded in March 2012 by Karen Hawkins. After a brief disco nap, we relaunched in March 2016.

We are the only publication in Chicago founded and led by a mouthy black, lesbian feminist over 40.* We are diverse, inclusive and deeply committed to publishing work by women and gender non-conforming writers, particularly those who have struggled to find a home for their work in other publications.

*Unsubstantiated claim. If you find another one, please let us know so Karen can take the owner out for coffee.

Got a Pitch You Think We'd Love?

Email Rebelle in Chief Karen Hawkins at


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