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The Curator: Nonfiction & Multimedia Free

Call for Submissions and Pitches
We’re honored you’d send us your work, and we want to respect your time and talents. We’re interested in original works, not reprints. Completed essays should run between 800 and 2,000 words, though we're open to considering longer pieces. Sadly, we cannot pay writers at this time.

Here’s what you can expect when you send your words our way:

For nonfiction, we prefer to consider pitches over fully-formed drafts, but we’ll read both. Expect to be edited heavily, regardless, as our editing process is collaborative and thorough. (Check out our guide to pitching prose.)

If you send us a pitch, please send 150-250 words describing:

  • Your angle — what will your piece say? Give us a clear thesis that explains the object you want to explore and why it matters.
  • Your form and deadline — is it an essay, review, criticism, or an interview? How many words do you expect to write? When do you expect it to be complete?
  • Your background — what makes you the right person to cover this? You can include links to previously published work, if helpful, though prior bylines are not a requirement for us to consider your work for publication. (In fact, we enjoy working with new and emerging writers.)

You’ll hear back from us within about a month. If we accept your pitch, we’ll:

  • ask for a draft (send us a google doc, or if you must, .doc or .docx, double-spaced, and as close to AP style as you can get it),
  • offer any relevant guidance from the section editor over google docs,
  • set a mutually agreeable timeline to publication,
  • ask for a short bio, headshot, and your social media handles.

Categories: Nonfiction/Multimedia
File types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, File-Sharing
Number of Pieces: 1
Anonymous submissions are not required.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Reprints are not allowed.
Multiple entries are allowed.

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