How Women Pitch

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This may be a completely biased selection of pitch letters, but the Awl has put up a few pitches from both women and men who wanna write for them, and the difference is (perhaps manufacturedly) startling.

A man: “Do you take pitches? Should I just write something and send it? Do I have to tickle the balls? I want to write for the awl, dammit.”

A woman: “I’m sure I’m going about this all wrong, but I couldn’t find any sort of submission area on the site. What I’m wondering is, how does one go about becoming a contributor to The Awl?”

This self-deprecation thing is really easy to fall into, and it really isn’t just women that do it (though it does seem to be more prevalent). Seeing somebody else do it, though, is incredibly obnoxious (kind of like, hey, they stole my shtick!) and maybe makes one fear for the future of female freelancers.

Come on, really—do you write this when applying for a job? “I’m sure I’m going about this the wrong way, but if you have an opening, maybe I could work for you for remarkably low pay?” Of course not.

photo: milena mihaylova