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. Search for the Holy Grail: Tales of epic quests and personal journeys in pursuit of that perfect something. Pitches Due: Monday, April 27

2. Off the Grid: In this always-wired ultra-modern world, profiles of people who are truly leading lives that are disconnected and off-the-beaten path. Pitches Due: Monday, April 27

3. Weddings: Obviously we won’t be running a feature on the Top 10 bridesmaid dresses. But we do want to celebrate wedding season with your most hilarious, alarming, surprising and scary stories from the altar. Pitches Due: Monday, May 4

4. Rivalries: Whether it’s the untold side of Ali vs. Frazier or a local school board battle that rises to epic proportions, true-life stories of bitter rivalries. Pitches Due: Monday, May 4

5. Daddy Dearest: We’re looking for tough-love and just tough-tough stories about fathers and children. Pitches Due: Monday, May 4

6. 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: Monday, May 4

7. On the Open Road: This summer series is all about one-of-a-kind road trips. Skip the standard cross-country sagas, we
want truly unique and surprising stories from the road. Pitches Due: Monday, May 11

8. Camp! Another fun summer one—we want to know all of the deep, dark secrets and under-the-cover stories from summer camp. Pitches Due: Monday, May 11

9. 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: Monday, May 18

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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