Polygon accepts pitches for unique reporting, essays, op-eds, evaluations, and options.
What we’re not on the lookout for
- Video scripts or concepts.
- Tutorial papers.
- Q&A interviews with out a particular, newsworthy angle in thoughts.
- Unsolicited movie, tv, or guide evaluations.
- Contrarian takes that lack compelling proof.
- E.g., “really, factor you want is dangerous,” or “really, dangerous factor is nice”
- Essays about private experiences or responses to media that don’t talk new insights on that media to a broader viewers.
- Articles or studies concentrating on a non-consumer or trade viewers.
The place to ship pitches
How you can pitch
We encourage everybody to learn the next basic ideas earlier than pitching our publication.
What’s your headline? The one commonest purpose for a pitch to be rejected is as a result of it’s a variant on “I’d like to put in writing an essay exploring the connection between X and Y.” Begin along with your conclusion: How would you sum up your huge thought in a headline? What’s the takeaway, the only grabby remark or perception or reveal that may hook your viewers? Tell us you’ve already thought by means of the query, and aren’t hoping you’ll discover a conclusion within the writing course of.
The most effective pitches embrace each a setup and a follow-through. To cite our sister website Eater:
Throughout the board, we’re on the lookout for pitches that give a transparent, concise abstract of the topic, angle, or thesis of the proposed piece, and your anticipated story construction. We’re on the lookout for pitches that comprise solutions, not questions. (Or, in the event you don’t have solutions but, a proof of why you don’t — and the rationale shouldn’t be “I haven’t began the reporting.”)
Why are you the most effective individual to inform this story? What expertise, experience, or perception do you might have that makes your perspective distinctive and worthwhile?
Promote us in your thought! An excellent pitch has an attention-grabbing thesis or an hermetic elevator pitch. And keep in mind, you don’t should be critical to be taken significantly. It’s leisure. It’s OK to have enjoyable. We’re not on the lookout for tutorial papers.
Your pitch ought to body the story inside the world. What information is it constructing upon? What dialog are you beginning?
Inform us why your story will entice an viewers. Attempt to pitch the story to a good friend or member of the family, and inform them to react truthfully. Or, detach your self from the pitch and ask your self in the event you’d learn this story if it appeared in entrance of you. Be trustworthy.
Please hold pitches concise. A paragraph or two is often size. The pitch ought to cowl the excessive factors of your story, however shouldn’t be the story in its entirety. Consider an important film trailer: It establishes the movie inside its style or franchise, units the stakes, provides a concrete abstract of how the story will transpire, then leaves the viewer wanting extra. And it does all this in a few minutes.
Significantly, size doesn’t equal high quality. We publish freelance tales between 500 phrases and 5,000 phrases, however each piece should earn its phrase depend. We at all times favor a purposeful brief piece over a rambling lengthy piece.
For function pitches, please reply the next questions: In a single sentence, what’s your thought? What makes this story attention-grabbing to somebody who has by no means heard of the individuals or merchandise concerned? What analysis or entry do you might have or intend to get that may transfer the story ahead past what’s already on the market on this matter?
Please don’t pitch a narrative you might have already written, and please don’t connect a completely written story to your e-mail. These pitches is not going to be accepted.
At all times embrace associated tales that you’ve printed, together with a hyperlink to your portfolio if in case you have one.
How we’ll work collectively
We recognize all pitches, however should not in a position to answer each pitch. We do typically obtain pitches which can be related to one another or to our current assignments.
All accepted tales undergo a collaborative editorial course of, and all are paid at aggressive charges, that are primarily based on the quantity and kind of labor. If we’re fascinated with your pitch, we’ll talk about charges, deadlines, scope, kill charges (if relevant), and different expectations with you upfront. We’ll additionally talk about potential bills, journey, or dangers, and supply press credentials when mandatory.
If we resolve to work with you, you’ll obtain an settlement with key phrases clearly outlined. We usually use a contract administration platform referred to as Shortlist, the place you’ll discover your settlement. It can additionally generate an bill for you and present you fee standing.
We imagine that clear, considerate communication is each our duty and yours. We count on you to comply with our Vox Media Values, which embrace collaborating effectively, and giving and receiving suggestions respectfully. We comply with these requirements, too: If you happen to expertise an issue in working with us, we encourage you to debate it along with your editor or our authorized group. We additionally provide a hotline for reporting issues about conduct anonymously.
We’ll present an edited draft earlier than publication. We’ll appropriately credit score you and different contributors. You may as well add a brief bio and social media hyperlinks to your writer web page. After publication, we can pay in a well timed method as laid out in your settlement (usually inside 30 days by way of direct deposit by means of our Shortlist platform), together with reimbursement for any pre-approved bills.
By submitting a pitch to Vox Media, you acknowledge that your pitch could also be related or equivalent to content material submitted by others, or to supplies developed by or on behalf of Vox Media and that it shall have the precise to make use of such different content material or supplies with none obligation to you. Neither the submission of your pitch nor Vox Media’s assessment of it constitutes or creates an implied contract or different monetary or confidential relationship between you and Vox Media. You shall haven’t any proper to compensation or reimbursement of any variety by Vox Media in reference to the submission of your pitch. If and when Vox Media elects to proceed and assign work to you primarily based in your pitch, the phrases of any such project shall be topic to a separate settlement between you and Vox Media. Vox Media has no obligation to assessment, hold, or return any supplies you submit.