Work on Your Curve for the Guardian US

Pitch stories that surprise for the U.S. edition of this 194-year-old publication.

Guardian US coverage is wide and deep. Pulitzer prize-winning articles on illegal NSA snooping live alongside a chronicle of the history of animal photography, a day in the life of an art restorer and ideas on how to solve the NFL’s domestic violence problems.

Freelancers contribute to a fair portion of this coverage, and the arts, sports, opinion, money, business and features sections are all open to pitches. The fresher your idea is, the more likely it is to grab the attention of editors. Just make sure your pitch email is equally sparkling:

[Features editor Jessica] Reed subscribes to evergreen rules of pitching. “It’s the old industry saying: If an editor isn’t excited by your pitch after three lines, game over,” she says. Keep your pitch short, but use this brief space to grab the interests of editors and give them an idea of the tone of your pieces and potential word length. Include links to your best clips, and mention the publications you regularly work for.

For more, read: How To Pitch: Guardian US

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