Write Long for Narratively

There's no word-count limit for your pitches on 'untold human stories.'

Narratively isn’t designed like a typical online publication. It doesn’t have verticals or regularly occurring sections populated by short, punchy posts. Instead, it has open-to-interpretation themes that change weekly and a few select pieces that play off that theme. When pitching to Narratively, our advice to you is: know your story, and tell it well.

Narratively plans its themes in advance, but editors will find a place for your story if they like your pitch. As for word count, it’s a writer’s dream directive: make the story as long as it needs to be. The possibilities are open when deciding what to pitch, as long as you avoid well-tread paths:

Every type of story can be told on Narratively, says [editorial director BrendanSpiegel, from a suicide epidemic among cotton farmers in India to a real-life caped crusader pushing for education reform in Brazil to an English fabric maker looking to revive a long-dormant industry in London.

Editors want “stories of adventure, redemption and edge that take the reader to hidden worlds,” says Spiegel. “The more under the radar, the more interesting it is.”

For more, read: How To Pitch: Narratively

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