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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. Everyone Loves a Fair: True, fun stories from the world’s state fairs, amusement parks, traveling circuses, rodeos and more— and the humans who make these summertime places what they are. Pitches Due Monday, July 13

2. Desperate Measures: This theme will include both reported and first-person memoir pieces about people who are taking extreme and unusual steps to get what they want or need. Pitches Due Monday, July 13

3. Man vs. Water: In an age of climate change, extended droughts, and limited natural resources, we’re looking for stories about how water shortages and changing shorelines are affecting people’s lives, and what people are doing in response. Pitches Due Monday, July 13

4. Competitive Kids: From soulful sing-offs to super-serious spelling bees, international math-lympics and four-year-old football, glimpses into the world’s most competitive children. Pitches Due Monday, July 13

5. 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 ongoing series (example here) is all stories of recently deceased ordinary people 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 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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