Contributor’s Guidelines

General Guidelines:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to send us a pitch or outline.
  • All submissions must be original content that you own the rights to. Plagiarism of any material is strictly forbidden.
  • Please be sure to fact check your story and provide sources for all your information.
  • Content submitted must be original & written exclusively for Yatta-Tachi.
  • For reviews, please use legal streaming sites only.
  • Images must be high-resolution and be at least 1400 pixels wide.
  • There is a minimum of 800 words per article, unless an exception is made by your editor. While there isn’t a set maximum word count, if an article exceeds 2000 words, it may be converted into an article series.
  • You can link to your Yatta-Tachi articles from your blog with an excerpt, but do not duplicate the article on your blog.
  • If your relationship with us ends, we retain the right to host all articles previously submitted, and the right to continue promoting your articles on social media. You are free to continue linking to your work, but you may not replicate your posts elsewhere.

Types of Posts:

News articles

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  • All information must be cited by a credible source. News sites, official company sites, and official sites for individuals are acceptable and, in most cases, preferred.
  • Social media and blog posts can be acceptable if they are from primary sources, such as a company’s Facebook page (as long as it isn’t fan-created) or an individual’s Twitter account (as long as that person is an individual that would have primary knowledge, such as a singer tweeting about an album release).

Opinion pieces (ex. reviews)

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  • Because you are giving your opinion, it is likely that there will be comments that disagree with it. When responding to these comments, polite language must be used at all times. If it seems like a commenter is being rude, you may respond once in as polite a way as possible. After that, ignore the user and one of the administrators will take care of the situation.
  • When expressing your opinion, you are allowed to be critical about aspects of whatever you are reviewing; however, blanket statements that have no critical thought behind them are not allowed. For example, saying something like “the show was good until it went all yaoi at episode 6, then it sucked” is not a proper way to critique. In this example, you must state why that change made it worse. Do not use an explanation like “it was bad because all yaoi is bad,” since that is not acceptable, either.
  • It is unacceptable to write your opinions in a hateful or harsh manner. Do not insult individual persons or groups of people. You are writing your opinion about a body of work, and that is what your focus should be on. Any submissions that have hateful comments will not be considered. This is the preferred structure for our site, and it also offers good advice on how to write a clear, concise review. 

Instructional (ex. recipes)

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  • Provide measurements in both metric & imperial units (where applicable).
  • Images of the process and final results are required.
  • Recipes that are not original must give credit to the original creator.
  • For ingredients/materials that are either difficult to find or expensive, please provide an alternative.

Narrative article

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  • This kind of article can follow a few different formats, depending on the length. For articles that are rather short and can no longer be expanded on, section headings are not required. This can range from three to six medium-length paragraphs. For articles over that limit, section headings are required. If you need help putting your article into distinct sections, please let us know.
  • Please try to be as accurate as possible if your article relies on past memories. If it is a memory of an event or body of work, do as much research as possible to ensure that you recount things as accurately as possible. If it involves a memory of a feeling or reaction, make sure you can recall it as best you can. This allows for the best accuracy and sincerity in your article as possible and will make your writing stronger overall.
  • If your article involves references or inside jokes, make sure they can be understood by as many people as possible. For example, saying two characters from different shows look alike and making a joke about it works best if an image of both characters is provided. Always make sure whatever you are saying can be clearly understood, even for those unfamiliar with what you are discussing.

 

Anime Review Structure

  • Episodic Review [Spoilers Allowed]
    • Intro
    • The Good
    • The Bad
    • The Ugly/The Very Good [Can be omitted]
    • Other Personal Thoughts
    • Article Example
  • First Impression [Spoiler Allowed]
    • Intro
    • Story
    • Characters
    • Animation
    • Music
    • Other Personal Thoughts
    • Article Example
  • Series [No Spoilers]
    • Intro
    • Story
    • Characters
    • Animation
    • Music
    • Other Personal Thoughts
    • Overall Scoring
    • Article Example

Manga Review Structure

  • Volume Review [Spoilers Allowed]
    • Intro
    • The Good
    • The Bad
    • The Ugly/The Very Good [Can be omitted]
    • Other Personal Thoughts
    • Article Example
  • First Impression (1-3 volumes) [Spoiler Allowed]
  • Series [No Spoilers]
    • Intro
    • Story
    • Characters
    • Art Style
    • Other Personal Thoughts
    • Overall Scoring
    • Article Example
 Effective: Oct. 1, 2015 • Last Updated: February 5th, 2018