How to Pitch MEL
Contribute words, ideas and art to a new lifestyle and culture magazine based in Venice, California
MEL is dedicated to producing original content about the topics guys care about: their bodies, their mental health, their jobs, their money, their sex lives, their relationships, their digital personas and entertainment. Serious stuff that we intend to come across the exact opposite way — approachable, resonant and entertaining.
Who are we?
A team of Los Angeles-based writers, editors and audio/video producers who have done work for MTV, HBO, the New York Times, Esquire, Matter, Harper’s, New York magazine, Playboy, The Baffler, The Awl, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other outlets.
What are we looking for?
Regular contributors, new columns or series, profiles, features and essays on our core topics. More simply, stuff like the following…
Profiles of people who are carving out their own paths:
Keeping Up With Dr. Miami
The plastic surgeon stars in his own Snapchat universe of butt lifts and trap music
Erwan Le Corre Wants to Make Crawling Around in the Sand the Next CrossFit
One Frenchman's quest to revolutionize fitness
Arabian Prince Left N.W.A and He’s Doing Just Fine
The rapper ‘Straight Outta Compton’ neglected to mention
First person encounters and as-told-to stories:
I Grew Back My Foreskin, and You Can Too
Talking to the father of foreskin restoration.
Fabio Helped Me Escape From a Cult
A male supermodel on surviving an apocalyptic, vegetarian cult
Interviews and Q&As with fascinating individuals:
Rolling on the Spectrum
In conversation with the scientist using MDMA to help autistic adults with their anxiety
Hamilton Nolan on How to Be a Union Leader
"It's like having another full-time job, except you don't get paid and it makes everybody hate you."
Essays about the weird, sad, and interesting shit life brings our way:
I Crashed L.A.'s Most Notorious Mansion Party - and Totally 'Freed' Myself
Peering behind the curtain of Bastian and Maria Yotta's Instagram hedonism
Don't Hate Me Cause I'm Paleo
Friends and family are the worst part of trying out a new diet
Reported features on topics that matter:
"BDSM Keeps Me Sober"
For some addicts, whips and chains keep substance abuse in check It's your turn to share.
When a Bernie-Bro Dates a Hillary-Bot
A Clinton-Sanders gender divide is driving a wedge between America's straight liberal couples
Eating Too 'Clean' Can Kill You
"Orthorexia," the eating disorder when people fixate on healthy eating, is moving toward recognition in mainstream medicine
Where do we publish?
On Medium: About 20 times a week since January.
In our newsletter: Our favorite features and essays (1,500 to 3,500 words), twice a week. So far we’ve written about meditating cops, tween bodybuilders, Stephen Colbert’s Rolling Stones cover band, digital hoarding and the worst T-shirts from the 1990s.
On Vimeo: New videos weekly, like the following:
On SoundCloud (and in iTunes): New podcasts throughout the week, including:
What about art?
We’re also looking to cultivate relationships with freelance photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and more. Please get in touch with our art director Brian Emrich to find out more.
Do we pay?
Yes, of course, we do.
And, finally, how to pitch us:
If you haven’t already, email a headline and a paragraph or two to firstname.lastname@example.org — including your background and experience. If we’re interested, you’ll be hearing from us.