For press requests or other general inquires, please contact us at info@narrative.ly. If you're interested in contributing to Narratively please read the section below.

Contributing to Narratively

Narratively is devoted to original and untold human stories. We are always interested in adding new voices to the mix and we accept both pitches for story ideas and completed submissions.

We regularly publish written stories, short documentary films, audio pieces, photo essays, comics journalism and other types of multimedia. We publish stories from all over the world and are interested in all relevant pitches, regardless of location.

The best pitches include a brief description of your own storytelling experience plus a few examples of your work, along with a few paragraphs outlining your story, including the narrative arc and description of who your main subjects are. In keeping with our commitment to “untold” stories, before pitching an idea please do some background research into how widely your topic has been covered by other publications and let us know what will be new or unique about your approach.

Upcoming Themes:

We are currently seeking pitches for these specific themes:

1.. Nashville: We’ve previously run themes on New Orleans, Portland and Maine—our next “pop-up week” will be all about Nashville, Tennessee. We’re looking for untold Nashville stories that will surprise locals and intrigue readers far and wide. (Pitches due Friday April 3)

2. Mommy Dearest: Our Mother’s Day theme won’t be all thank-you notes and flowers. We want real, honest stories from the darker sides of mother-child relationships, whether they reach happy endings or not. These could be reported pieces or first-person stories. (Pitches due Friday April 3)

3. Daddy Dearest: Dads aren’t getting off any easier! We’re looking for tough-love and just tough-tough stories about fathers and children. (Pitches due Friday April 3)

4. Incarceration and Families: Over the last 40 years, the U.S. prison system expanded nearly eightfold, leaving 1 in every 35 adults in prison, jail, on probation or parole. The impact on families and communities has been staggering. We’re looking for stories about how incarceration affects family and community. (Pitches due Friday April 10)

5. Borderlands: From cross-border smugglers to inspiring international exchanges, these stories are about the murky, confusing and surprising worlds that exist where two countries meet. (Pitches Due Friday April 10)

6. Ordinary Obituaries Some of the best narrative journalism out there shows up in the obit section of major newspapers. But why should only the rich and famous have their full life stories told? This week will be all stories of recently deceased ordinary people--those who perhaps had a two-line obit in a local paper--but whose lives deserve a full-length treatment. We're not looking for personal pieces about family members or friends here, but deeply reported biography-style stories. Pitches Due: Ongoing.

Please send all pitches or submissions to pitch@narrative.ly and we'll review them there. If you are pitching for one of these specific themes, include that in the subject line. Also, if you have a story that seems right for Narratively, please feel free to send it our way regardless of theme – if it seems right, we’ll try to find a place for it.

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