Join Our Team!

Want to write about Korean music, food, culture or cosmetics? Love watching dramas or reading books? Want to talk about which restaurants to eat in and which to avoid? The come write for us! We’re always looking to expand our team in order to bring you more articles on a wider variety of topics. If it’s Korean or Korean diaspora related, we’re interested!

We primarily put out the call for writers via our website because you, our lovely readers, are amazing and some of our best writers over the years were first readers. We already know you’re interested in Korean culture so who better to ask to write for us than you?! So if you’re interested, we want to hear from you. Keep reading to find our how to apply, don’t worry, it’s easy. ^^

Of course, if you know anyone who might be interested, please share this post with them! The positions are open to anyone, anywhere. You don’t have to be in Toronto, you just need access to the internet. Of course, if you are in Toronto, that’s great too!

What are our expectations?

Don’t worry, they are pretty simple. And there’s really only three things… you can do it!

Write one post a month – That’s the big commitment. You need to submit one article on the first Friday of each month. Don’t worry though, you can always write more if you like or if something super fun happens. ^^

Follow a style guide – This makes my job as editor easier and yours as well as the style guide answers questions like spacing after punctuation or how to write a Korean name. Once you’ve been accepted, it will be sent to you.

Write in English – English is the common language of our readers so all our articles are written in English. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be your native language, you just need a good command of it.

Editor’s note: writing at ATK Magazine is an unpaid position – we don’t make any money so unfortunately, we can’t pay our writers as much as we want to. Maybe someday… hopefully.

What do you get from writing for us?

While all our positions are unpaid, there are benefits to writing for ATK Magazine.

Experience. First off, you will get experience and the chance to build your portfolio. And not just in writing, but also following deadlines, photography, and many other things depending on what you write about. You might even get the chance to interview musicians, filmmakers or actors.

Meet like-minded people. Okay, this will mostly happen virtually unless you live in Toronto but it’s always fun to meet others with similar interests.

Possible free stuff. Once you’ve been with us a while, and depending on what you write about, you could attend concerts, festivals and events as media (which generally means free). Or you could get the chance to review products, test out new things, or attend invite-only events so you can write about them. Please note: these opportunities are only for established writers who have published a minimum of 3 articles with ATK Magazine.

What can you write about?

Anything Korean related! Seriously, we’re open to articles on pretty much any topic except celebrity gossip (we don’t write about that, ever). Do you want to write album reviews? Great! Did you recently move to Korea and want to write about your experience? Fabulous! Do you love Korean food and want to write restaurant reviews? Sounds delicious.

Ideally, we would like our writers to be like columnists and to ‘specialize’ in one area of Korean culture – like Leah’s “Drama of the Month” articles or Young Ajummah’s “Korean Hip Hop and R&B Corner.” However, if you like more than one aspect of Korean culture, we are open to different approaches. Just pitch it to us!

We are especially looking for articles about:

  • Korean travel/Living in Korea (with pictures) – we get a lot of interest in this topic but it’s been too long since I’ve been to write about it anymore.
  • Korean music – we can always use more music writers as the demand for this topic is huge, especially album reviews. Bonus points if you are also a photographer.
  • Korean cosmetics/skincare (with pictures) – another topic we could use more articles about.
  • Korean restaurant reviews (with pictures) – it’s always fun to know where to eat. Please note, the restaurants don’t need to be in Toronto.
  • Korean literature/books about Korea – we have a few articles on this topic but would love a dedicated book reviewer.

Don’t worry if we didn’t mention what you want to write about, like I said, we are open to being pitched ideas for articles/topics so give us a shout!

How to apply?

It’s easy! Just fill in the form below. Deadline to apply: July 30, 2017

If you have any issues with the form, you can also send me an email to cindy(at)ATKmagazine(dot)com with the subject line “ATK Writer Application – please send” and I’ll send it to you. ^^

Thanks so much to all our lovely readers; we hope to keep bringing you the content you want!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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