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. We’re not accepting any fiction at this time.
Please note that we are a small team, and we receive many essay and story pitches, so we will only respond if we are interested in publishing your piece. We recommend simultaneously submitting to other publications. Send all story pitches and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Lists and Blog Posts
Longreads frequently features writers diving into themes and topics through curated reading lists. Reading lists should be approximately 750 words — an essay-style introduction followed by a collection of curated links to stories, books, and other resources related to the theme you are writing about and why it matters to you. We pay $250 per reading list. Please note “Reading List” in your email subject line when pitching these pieces. Not sure what to submit? Here are some reading lists we particularly love:
- World Emoji Day: A Reading List
- Pages You Can Dance To: A Book List
- We All Die In the End, But Our Skin Looks Great: A Reading List
- Eating What Feels Right: On Going Vegetarian
- Why We Write Memoir: A Reading List
- Really Good Shit: A Reading List
Essays / Features / Investigative Projects
Essays and features are generally between 2,000 and 6,000 words, but can be longer or broken up into a series depending on length and subject matter.
Personal essays should be submitted on spec, and we pay $500 per story. Here are some of our favorites:
- All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran
- Revisiting My Grandfather’s Garden
- Grieving, but Calmed by a Different Kind of Storm
- Vacation Memories Marred By the Indelible Stain of Racism
For critical essays and columns, we accept pitches — rates start at $500, with the rate varying depending on the level of reporting and research required.
Longreads features that require original reporting should be submitted as pitches. These 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. Here’s the type of work we’re looking for:
- The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People
- Queens of Infamy
- The Hunt for Planet Nine
- The Final Five Percent
- Marmalade: A Very British Obsession
- The Endgame of the Olympics
Longreads has collaborated with websites, magazines, and podcast producers 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 email@example.com for more info.
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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.
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.