If You’ve Published a Story and Would Like Us to Consider It for an Editor’s Pick
To submit an already published story for Editor’s Picks consideration, share a story link with @Longreads on Twitter, or share the story using the #longreads hashtag. If you don’t use Twitter, you can send story links to email@example.com.
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If You’d Like to Pitch Us an Original Story for Publication
Longreads is currently accepting pitches for original work. We pay competitive rates. Please note that we’re not accepting any fiction at this time.
Personal Essays and Memoir
Our essays editor, Sari Botton, is now considering completed pieces on spec for some specific essay series. Please read her detailed, updated guidelines for submitting personal essays here. Please note that we receive many, many personal essay submissions and will only respond if we are interested in publishing your piece. We recommend simultaneously submitting to other publications.
Features / Long-form Journalism / Investigative Projects
Long-form features take a considerable amount of time and research to develop. These stories can involve multiple reporting trips, sources, and in-depth research. Although they don’t necessarily need to deal with current events, they should have an excellent sense of story and purpose and be able to hold a reader’s attention with a compelling premise. Features are generally between 3,000 and 6,000 words, but can be longer or broken up into a series depending on length and subject matter.
Longreads features are rigorously edited and fact-checked. We are also interested in collaborating with artists and photographers on stories, and would be open to working with any partners you have in mind. We are especially interested in investigative stories and would love to work with experienced reporters and provide them with the great amount of time and resources required of such projects. Our year-end series highlighting the best journalism across a range of categories may give you some insight into the kind of work we’d love to produce. Tell us what makes your story incredible and urgent, why you have the goods to write it, and why Longreads is the place to tell it.
We pay competitive rates for features depending on the degree of reporting required and the complication of your proposal. Base payment begins at $1,500 and we will work with you to pay you a solid fee and also cover expenses. Send your pitches for reported features and investigative projects to Editor-in-Chief Mike Dang.
Publishers and authors can pitch us excerpts from their books. We publish both fiction and non-fiction excerpts. For excerpts, contact Books Editor Dana Snitzky or Contributing Editor Aaron Gilbreath.
Longreads has collaborated with niche websites and magazines for the past several years to help fund projects and disseminate them to a wider audience. (Collaborators have included The Marshall Project, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Atlas Obscura, Racquet, This Land Press, and Food & Wine magazine.) If you work for a website or publication and want to collaborate on a project, please get in touch. Longreads can offer monetary and editorial support to projects that could otherwise not get done. Email Editor-in-Chief Mike Dang for more info.
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We are a small team, and it can take us a considerable amount of time to review pitches, which means we are unable to respond to everyone. For this reason, we think it’s a great idea for you to pitch your stories to other publications in addition to Longreads—but please include a note to us if you are doing so.
If you do decide to pitch something exclusively to Longreads, give us a deadline to consider your idea before taking your pitch to other outlets.
Choose one editor to pitch; when you send a pitch to multiple editors at once, one editor will assume the other editors will take care of it and vice versa, which means no one ends up looking at it.
If we don’t accept your initial pitch, pitch us again! We reject stories for a variety of reasons—the story isn’t quite right for us; our editorial calendar is full; we’ve maxed out our story budget for the month—and sometimes it’s all about timing.