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. The Best Trip I Ever Took: The theme speaks for itself: What's that one, epic, crazy, unbelievable trip that, in your mind, epitomizes the very nature of travel? We're looking for amazing adventure stories that can have a little edge, but are overall uplifting and a positive travel experience. Pitches Due: Friday February 13

2. Family Feuds: The inside story on neighbors who've been battling for generations. An under-the-radar look at a quarreling political dynasty. Those charming-but-bickering grandparents who've been at each other's throats for 60 years. This theme will be a fun collaboration with our friends over at Cowbird, and these stories may run on both sites. Pitches Due: Friday February 20

3. Fantasy Becomes Reality: True stories of times people tried to make their fantasies come true and actually succeeded. Was it everything they thought it would be? The guy who got to play catch with Kevin Costner and learned he was a jerk. The woman who cooked with Martha Stewart and it changed her life. The window washer who wanted to fly a fighter jet and then nearly crashed. We want to know: does fantasy really trump reality? Pitches Due: Friday February 20

4. Poisoning the Planet: Every Earth Day we see countless stories about planting trees and other ways to save the world, but it's gotten to the point where scientists say we may now be beyond saving. We're not looking for heart-warming tales of eco-friendly do-gooders here; we want the down-and-dirty stories of places where humans' impact on the planet has grown out of control. Due: Friday February 27

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 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. 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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