How to pitch stories to Polygon

Polygon accepts pitches for authentic reporting, essays, op-eds, evaluations, and options.

What we’re not searching for

  • Video scripts or concepts.
  • Tutorial papers.
  • Q&A interviews with out a particular, newsworthy angle in thoughts.
  • Unsolicited movie, tv, or e book evaluations.
  • Contrarian takes that lack compelling proof. (E.g., “actually, thing you like is bad,” or “actually, bad thing is good”)
  • Essays about private experiences or responses to media that don’t talk new insights on that media to a broader viewers.
  • Articles or reviews concentrating on a non-consumer or business viewers.

The place to ship pitches

Find out how to pitch

We encourage everybody to learn the next common suggestions earlier than pitching our publication.

What’s your headline? The one commonest cause for a pitch to be rejected is as a result of it’s a variant on “I’d like to write an essay exploring the relationship between X and Y.” Begin with your conclusion: How would you sum up your massive thought in a headline? What’s the takeaway, the only grabby remark or perception or reveal that can hook your viewers? Tell us you’ve already thought by way 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 searching 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 searching for pitches that comprise solutions, not questions. (Or, when you don’t have solutions but, an evidence of why you don’t — and the explanation shouldn’t be “I haven’t started the reporting.”)

Why are you one of the best particular person to inform this story? What expertise, experience, or perception do you may have that makes your viewpoint distinctive and helpful?

Promote us in your thought! A terrific pitch has an attention-grabbing thesis or an hermetic elevator pitch. And bear in mind, you don’t should be critical to be taken critically. It’s leisure. It’s OK to have enjoyable. We’re not searching for tutorial papers.

Your pitch ought to body the story throughout the world. What information is it constructing upon? What dialog are you beginning?

Inform us why your story will appeal to an viewers. Attempt to pitch the story to a good friend or member of the family, and inform them to react actually. Or, detach your self from the pitch and ask your self when you’d learn this story if it appeared in entrance of you. Be sincere.

Please maintain pitches concise. A paragraph or two is usually an excellent size. The pitch ought to cowl the excessive factors of your story, however shouldn’t be the story in its entirety. Consider an incredible film trailer: It establishes the movie inside its style or franchise, units the stakes, offers 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 every bit should earn its phrase depend. We all the time desire a purposeful quick piece over a rambling long piece.

For function pitches, please reply the next questions: In a single sentence, what’s your thought? What makes this story fascinating to somebody who has by no means heard of the folks or merchandise concerned? What analysis or entry do you may have or intend to get that can transfer the story ahead past what’s already on the market on this matter?

Please don’t pitch a narrative you may 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 got printed, alongside with a hyperlink to your portfolio when you have one.

How we’ll work collectively

We admire all pitches, however will not be ready to answer each pitch. We do usually obtain pitches which can be related to one another or to our present 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 work. If we’re all for 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 obligatory.

If we determine to work with you, you’ll obtain an settlement with key phrases clearly outlined. We sometimes use a contract administration platform referred to as Shortlist, the place you’ll discover your settlement. It would additionally generate an bill for you and present you cost standing.

We imagine that clear, considerate communication is each our duty and yours. We anticipate you to observe our Vox Media Values, which embrace collaborating effectively, and giving and receiving suggestions respectfully. We observe these requirements, too: In case you expertise an issue in working with us, we encourage you to debate it with your editor or our authorized group. We additionally supply a hotline for reporting considerations about conduct anonymously.

We’ll present an edited draft earlier than publication. We’ll appropriately credit score you and different contributors. You can even add a brief bio and social media hyperlinks to your writer web page. After publication, we pays in a well timed method as laid out in your settlement (sometimes inside 30 days by way of direct deposit by way 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 an identical to content material submitted by others, or to supplies developed by or on behalf of Vox Media and that it shall have the suitable 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 overview of it constitutes or creates an implied contract or different monetary or confidential relationship between you and Vox Media. You shall don’t have any proper to compensation or reimbursement of any type by Vox Media in connection with 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 overview, maintain, or return any supplies you submit.

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