CALL FOR PITCHES: sadlarious holiday stories

Editor’s Note, 12/15/2016: this deadline has passed! Thanks to everyone who submitted!

The holidays are here, which means it’s time for Hallmark and Lifetime and corporate America to sell us stories of uncomplicated seasonal bliss. But between the utter dread of anticipating what’s next for our nation, and reflecting on our own past holiday experiences, we find ourselves gravitating to a different kind of holiday fare.

Ouch. (source)

Yes, the holidays can be heartening and sweet. But they can also be complicated, messy, and dark. Most are both.

Oops. (source)

Stories like this are what we want to see on The Establishment this holiday season: short, quick reads of realistic happiness, sorrow, and surprising hilarity.

Oh my. (source)

Need an example? Check out this story, from our marketing director, Jessica Sutherland:

Christmas in a homeless shelter can be funny.

Have a story that fits the bill? Want to write one? We’re looking for pieces that are 500 words or less, and paying $50 for those we publish.

Find our Pitch Guidelines here, and be sure to include “SADLARIOUS HOLIDAYS” in the subject line. Deadline: Thursday, December 15.

Happy Holidays!

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