Call for Pitches (Sept/Oct 2023)
Briarpatch is accepting pitches for our unthemed September/October issue. Pitches are due May 1, 2023.
What we're looking for
We are looking for investigative journalism, interviews, feature articles, narrative reporting, project profiles, comics and graphic texts, book reviews, and photo essays that are rooted in anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, feminist struggle.
For this issue, we're also looking for specific pitches on the following topics:
- Fighting the rise of the far right;
- Climate demands in bargaining (climate change and occupational health and safety); and
- Organizing rural, white communities.
How to pitch
Your pitch should include what ground your contribution will cover, an estimated word count, and your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. Please send pitches to pitch[at]briarpatchmagazine.com.
Before pitching, take a look at some of our back issues to see what we have recently covered. Please review our submission guidelines and a guide to pitching Briarpatch to improve your pitch.
If you have not written for Briarpatch before, please provide a brief writing sample.
If your pitch is accepted, first drafts are due June 1, 2023, with an intensive collaborative editing process lasting until mid-July. We reserve the right to edit your work (with your active involvement), and cannot guarantee publication.
We aim to reply to every pitch – including those we reject. However, because of time constraints, this isn’t always possible. If you don’t hear back from us within three weeks following the pitch deadline for the issue that you submitted to, please assume that we won’t be accepting your pitch. Feel free to pitch us again, though!
$150 – Profiles, short essays, book reviews, and parting shots (generally 1,500 words or less)
$250 – Feature stories (generally 1,500-2,000 words) and photo essays
$350 – Research-based articles and investigative reporting (generally 2,000-2,500 words)