Submission guidelines

We cover the ASEAN region plus Timor Leste, and are looking for features that are topical, interesting and informative on and from this region. Our mission is to advance progressive, sustainable and environmentally aware development in Southeast Asia.

Our audiences
Southeast Asia Globe authors write for a global community that shares our passion for the region’s social, environmental and political development.

Not a writer?
We are always looking for new stories and angles and are committed to telling the stories less told. If you have an idea or tip for our editorial team, please do not hesitate to share it at and visit our Feedback page to learn more about how you can contribute to Southeast Asia Globe.

Essential pitch information
We’re looking for story submissions from international, regional and local journalists, researchers and academics.

Pitches that aim to promote specific products or businesses are not accepted, but we welcome work by industry experts who can share valuable insight with our audiences.

Think differently. We’re looking for in-depth feature articles and analysis on the most vital issues facing Southeast Asia. Above all, we want quality, clarity and creativity. We want stories that are bold and forward-looking, satisfying our audience’s curiosity and inspiring them to read on.

We look for inspiring, thought-provoking stories and run feature articles, interviews, portraits, well-crafted opinion pieces and on-the-ground reporting on our core topics:

  • Power The people that make the decisions and the ideas that drive them. Bring us in-depth political reporting and analysis on the big questions rocking Southeast Asia. Think democracy and autocracy, human rights and sovereignty, justice and policy.
  • Money The economy and the people who make it happen. Break down Southeast Asia’s most massive industries, and show just what big business means for the workers on the ground. Think prosperity and sustainability, innovation and corruption, start-ups and social enterprises.
  • Life Stories that put people first. We want writers who can write thoughtfully about how communities across Southeast Asia are grappling with change. Think equality and identity, education and religion, culture and migration.
  • Earth All things environmental. Explore what climate collapse means on a human level. Think plastic waste and air pollution, drought and extinction, sustainable energy and urbanisation.

Length of articles
Article lengths vary generally from 1500 – 3,000 words.

We love photography and want to show off your work as best as we can. We will consider running photo essays with 3–12 photographs either as stand-alone pieces, or as a photo feature within an article.

If you require a fee or payment please make sure that prior to commencing an article or other content for us, you have agreed to a fee.

Fees are regionally competitive and commensurate on experience and the nature of the piece.

Rejections / Kill fees
We commission articles based on a pitch or idea and after we check respective writing samples.

In case of non-sufficient research, poor delivery not following our guidelines, poor communication with the author, identified plagiarism etc., we might outright reject a piece at any time in the editorial process without compensation.

We may decide that we can not proceed working on a piece due to a number of possible other reasons: a change in the topic’s timeliness, overlap with a similar story published elsewhere, no availability of illustrative materials, etc. In such cases, we will pay between 25 – 50% of the originally agreed upon fee, depending on when in the process such decision has been made.

We will notify a concerned freelancer as soon as possible on such a decision.

Our terms and conditions for freelance contributors build on previous terms and conditions. To stay in tune with technology and our own evolution into an online-only publication we constantly update them to reflect current developments and industry standards.

If you are a contributor to the print and online version of Southeastern Globe, the predecessor of Southeast Asia Globe, or to any of our print publications prior to 2019 and are unsure about the legal status of your contribution, please contact us. Generally, all content produced since 2007 includes print and digital rights also for updated versions of our website since its launch in 2007.

All content may be promoted via our social media channels without time limit and will be archived online and made available for future reference. Content may be updated as per the development of this website, re-designed or re-edited as per the future development of our style guides.

We reserve exclusive rights for an assigned piece of work for a period of 3 months following publication. Submitted articles may require a shorter period of exclusivity, please check with our editorial team for an individual arrangement.

Authors should provide an update if they become aware of any information or facts that have been overlooked or wrongfully included.

Please ask for a detailed document regarding our most recent and current freelance conditions should you require one.

What to consider when pitching a story or idea:

  • What is the entry point into the story, how can you spark a reader’s interest in the topic? Why should we care?
    If your story was written today: what would the title be, and what would the standfirst be. Can you sum up your story in a single paragraph? Sell your idea to our editor and the reader.
  • Why is the topic relevant or timely by the time it is published?
    Think of an event that comes up, or issue that is or will be current. A story on the fight against corruption in any one country might work well around an election month, or when corruption is a major current topic in that country.
  • Who can you interview for the story?
    Identify experts, analysts or other voices qualified to share valuable insight on the issue, and share their names in the pitch if they agree to speak publicly.
  • Can you get vibrant, on-the-ground voices for this story or strong characters to center the story around?
    Write a story by describing the views from directly concerned people. For example, if you describe the solar energy industry in a market: include the view from someone who needs affordable power or has relevant experience; a legislator; a technician or an environmental expert; etc. Also include social media commentary by concerned groups and relevant people on the topic.
  • Is there an action you want this story to inspire?
    Tell our readers how they can engage with others who care about the issue. Share names and organisations and links or contacts.
  • Ensure you provide data if relevant (figures to create a graph, link to a report or files)
    Can we create an interactive visual presentation to enhance your article?
  • Can you provide photos of the main protagonists, press photos or other illustrations with the article?
    The best article cannot run without photos or illustrations. Please make sure you have discussed with your editor how to make your article come to life visually.
  • Are there opportunities for multimedia integration?
    Can you collect audio for a podcast? Do you have an idea for interactive design? Share it in your pitch.
  • And lastly… the Budget
    If producing the story requires additional resources, provide an idea of a required budget for Travel, a translator or fixer, photographer etc.

Some key elements of our house style

  • Use British English spelling, not American
  • Spell out numbers below ten and use numerals for 10 and up. Exceptions: in ages standing alone after a name (Melanie, 2, has two brothers); in monetary units preceded by a symbol ($5, not $5.00). Always spell out numbers at the start of a sentence and try to avid using a year to start a sentence
  • Use the percent symbol (10%, not 10 percent)
  • Convert all measurements and currency to metric and US dollars
  • Use ‘$’, not USD$10
  • Always spell out billion but use ‘million’ when quantifying humans and ‘m’ for inanimate (Last year, five million people lived on $1m a day.)
  • Use metric, not imperial (hectares, not acres; metres, not feet; kilometres, not miles)
  • Spell out metres, square metres, but use kph for kilometres per hour
  • The general rule is to dignify with capital letters organisation and institutions, but not people’s positions
  • For Westerners, use people’s last name once they have been identified. For Asians, use the name deemed most polite by the person
  • Use single spaces between spaces, not double
  • Full stops are used sparingly (Dr Jones, Mr Smith etc)
  • Use the em dash with a space before and after (To make a radio station work even to start one experience is needed.)
  • Do not use accents on words accepted as English (chateau, cafe), use accents when they make a crucial difference to pronunciation (exposé)
  • Use italics for main event (album name, not song titles)
  • Acronyms and abbreviations – unless an abbreviation or acronym is so familiar that is used more often than the full form (BBC) – write the words in full on first appearance. After the first mention, try not to repeat the abbreviation too often. If an acronym can be pronounced, it should be spelt out in upper and lower case (Unicef, Nepad, Asean)
  • If you are tempted to use a superlative, think about it. Is it really the first, the worst, the heaviest? Do not try to add impact to your stories by using superlatives you cannot justify.
  • Use the active voice wherever possible
  • Subject-verb-object structure is the basis of the English language
  • Use simple, concise language
  • Check the meanings of words you are not sure of, many words are frequently confused
  • Avoid jargon and explain specialist terms and ideas in terms the reader will comfortably understand

Current opening: Ongoing freelancer writers

It’s no secret that we love a good story. Unwrapping a political, environmental or social issue shaping our region while remaining true to independent journalism is how we’ve always worked at Southeast Asia Globe. But we can’t do it alone.

You don’t have to be a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to join our freelancing team.

What we are looking for is:

  • A passionate storyteller with a talent for writing
  • Great with deadlines & communication
  • A self-starter that is able to produce original research with a good mix of unique voices
  • Happy with producing feature articles ranging between 1,500-2,000 words, with competitive rates. 

If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you. Please send us your resume and two writing samples to