To mark the arrival of Ink Cypher we are opening up the submission window again, but this time it's operating slightly differently.

We want to commission responses. A cypher is a space of dialogue and a place to build energy; we want people to read the work that has been published and then pitch an idea that answers, responds to or challenges what has been written.

Through our online and print publications we will platform primary testimoniesoriginal writing, creative and editorial responses and experimental word formats.

In 2016 City University London conducted a survey which found that the UK journalistic landscape is 94% white and 55% male; the HHDA seeks to redress this imbalance in what stories are told and who gets to tell them.

What We're Looking For:

We're interested in longform written content (1500-3500 words) that answers, is in dialogue with, builds on or challenges one (or more) of the original essays.

The tone of voice should be accessible and informed.

It might be an essay, historical portrait, institutional critique, commentary or lifestyle response, it might sit across all those fields or it might ignore all of them and be something different. 

We welcome the personal, political and social. We will publish in English but English does not have to be your first language.

You do not have to be a "writer" or a "dancer" or a "Hip Hop OG" to submit a response; if your idea is strong and you can explain who you are and how you'll go about it, it will be considered.

Submission window closes at 11:59pm (GMT) on 7th Jan 2022

  • Payment £150 - £350 per article (dependent on length)

  • We pay promptly upon invoicing. 50% of agreed fee on article submission and 50% on publication

  • We only accept pitches via this Google Form

If we accept your pitch the submission deadline is 28th February 2022; we will in touch to send further details  on terms and conditions, editing policy, licence and copyright. 

As this is an international call out please do not expect to hear back on your pitch unless we decide to commission you; we are rarely able to offer individual feedback on unsuccessful submissions. 

At this time we're not interested in receiving photo essays and pitches which primarily feature video and audio content.


  • Please do not start writing your piece before it has been commissioned.

  • Here are some examples of what to include in a pitch: example one, example two and example three

  • Which title would you be more tempted by: “A Response To Cairo Calling” or “An OG Responds - 78 Answers and Some Questions Back To You”?

  • Sometimes we aren’t able to commission ideas due to capacity/budgets; please pitch again in the future.

If you have any further questions or would like to request this information in alternative formats do not hesitate to email the editor (Ian Abbott) itabbott (@) gmail.com