Be a Part of T.O.F.U. #9

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Planting Seeds for the Next Issue

Even though it may seem like issue eight was just released to some of you (myself included), three weeks have passed since I added it to the store and that means it’s time to start working on the next issue.

Luckily, I’ve been thinking about the focus of the issue, and even the cover, for a bit now. So, a few things are already in the works, which means the next major step is finding contributors.

And that’s where you come in. Hopefully.

Get Involved

After covering sexism in the last issue, body image in the one before that, and so many other topics over the years, the next issue of T.O.F.U. hopes to continue to dig a little deeper by addressing the issue of age.

With that in mind, I’m looking for both younger and older vegans to lend their voices on issues revolving around being a vegan outside of the age range typically represented (~25-35 years old) in advertising, media, etc.

So, if you’ve got something to say about how organizations could be more inclusive in their events or marketing, what kinds of support you wish you had, how being a vegan is different for you due to your age, or anything else related to the intersection of age and veganism, keep reading!

Of course, if you’ve got an idea for a great DIY article, a fabulous recipe, a review of your corner of the world, or something else that you just want to share, I’m open to that as well!

Submission Guidelines

Don’t send me an email just yet though! In order to make this whole thing a lot easier on everyone, there are a few guidelines to follow:

  • Read a past issue of T.O.F.U., please. It helps if you know the audience you’re writing for, as well as what topics have been covered.
  • Send a few ideas, if possible. Together, I’m sure we can figure out a great article!
  • Quality and quantity. When it comes to contributing, you should be comfortable with writing at least a couple of pages. Of course, if it’s a recipe, it shouldn’t be more than a page.
  • Original and unpublished content. I don’t want other publications mad that I’m running the same piece, and I’d like for my readers to be excited for something new from every author, if possible.
  • Be excited. I’m used to sending emails to people to round-up articles past deadlines, but if I’m going to put out 3-4 issues this year, I’m not going to chase after you for long. If you’re not stoked to share your thoughts, I can only push you so far.
  • Meet the deadline. Given the tight timeline, submissions will need to be in around April 10, 2015. I might be able to give a little more time, but aim for this.
  • Eat your veggies. Maybe this goes without saying, but you should be vegan.

Now that you’ve read all the small print, how about we talk about your big idea? Simply leave a comment below or contact me.

Talk soon,

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  1. Colleen Goetzke wrote: Mar. 30, 2015

    I’ m an old vegan (relatively) at 54. I came late to the tofu party having finally reached understanding only 5 years ago. Everyone I know that is my age that has “gone” vegan has done it for health reasns, diabetes or heart issues. I do it for the animals. If there’s a health benefit that’s a perk but not wny I am vegan. I don’t exploit them because their lives are not mine to take, their flesh is not mine to consume.

    • Ryan wrote: Mar. 30, 2015

      Hi Colleen,
      Thanks for this! If you’re interested in perhaps talking about developing your experiences into an article, you can feel free to contact me and we’ll work out the details! 🙂

      Hope all is well,

  2. Morgain wrote: Mar. 25, 2015

    Thanks Ryan, looking forward to it. I have two children age 3 and nearly 7, the amount of times I was told that my children were too young to be vegan its endless, I have done a lot of research into it, I also run a support group for parent who are raising children and want to convert into veganism. I blog about being a vegan parent, and also writing up a Vegan cook book. Hope I can contribute. Thanks

  3. Lucy wrote: Mar. 24, 2015

    I’m really excited about the idea behind your next issue.
    I’m a 31 year old mother of two. We’re all vegan, my kids who are 7 and 4 have each been vegan for two years now.
    They both go to mainstream school, which makes for some interesting interactions with other parents as well as staff and children.
    My eldest Leela has particular insight into what it’s like being a vegan child in a non vegan world.
    I’m particularly proud of the way she handles herself, especially when she is chanllenged by an adult (which happens more than you’d think) as a parent I hope I’ve equipped her with age appropriate facts and stats that she can goto when put in these difficult situations.
    I’d be happy to share these experiences in an article and I know Leela would also be more than happy to contribute!
    We know lots of vegan children now which is great but they are still very much the minority.

    Keep up the good work,


    • Ryan wrote: Mar. 24, 2015

      Hi Lucy (and Leela),
      I love the sounds of so much of this! I’ll send you an email so we can talk more and make this happen.


  4. Morgain wrote: Mar. 24, 2015

    Would love to contribute on a topic of raising vegan children if you are interested. love and light xx

    • Ryan wrote: Mar. 24, 2015

      Hi Morgain,
      Thanks for getting in touch! I’ll send you an email and we can figure something out from there.

      Hope all is well,

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