Pitch us your stories so we can hand over the mic.
We’re always looking for new stories that help readers connect to their city. We want to boost diverse voices on local politics, culture, community, and civic engagement — if it’s something we would blurb in the newsletter, it’s something we would publish.
what we’re looking for
Give us your essays, interviews, reviews, reported pieces, your multimedia mockumentaries yearning to breathe free. Below are some examples of what we dig.
· A look into campaign finance in the DC primary
Profiles and interviews
· The story behind interesting events like DC’s really (really) free store
Op-eds and personal essays
We like it weird, too. We’re also home to hopelessly silly pieces like a power ranking of condo names, a better DC bucket list, and a rundown of the best places to have a panic attack downtown, ranked. If it’s honest, big-hearted, irreverent writing that celebrates local life…we’re looking for it.
Send your words to Hayden and Lily at firstname.lastname@example.org with “pitch” in the subject line and pitches in the email body. We’d prefer outlines to completed drafts, and pitches should be short and sweet: break down the important point or argument, who the main characters are, and why it’s something 730 readers should know. Tell us why — why it matters, why now, why here.
Feel free to send multiple pitches in one email, and include a little about you. Link to published work if you have it (not a prerequisite!). We pay $50 for Q+As, interviews, and reviews, and $50–100 for essays/reported pieces. Dive in.