Article Submissions

After review­ing our guide­lines below, please email sub­mis­sions to submissions@​inthesetimes.​com.

An edi­tor will review all sub­mis­sions and con­tact authors direct­ly if inter­est­ed in work­ing with you. Please note that due to the large amount of sub­mis­sions we receive, we can­not respond per­son­al­ly to all queries. We no longer accept mailed submissions.

With very few excep­tions, we do not pub­lish mate­r­i­al that has already been pub­lished in print or online. If your sub­mis­sion has been pub­lished already, please detail exact­ly where and when. If this is a simul­ta­ne­ous sub­mis­sion, please note. Once your sub­mis­sion is approved for pub­li­ca­tion by an In These Times edi­tor, exclu­siv­i­ty going for­ward is assumed. Excep­tions are occa­sion­al­ly approved by the editor.

Sub­mis­sions will be con­sid­ered for either the print mag­a­zine or for pub­li­ca­tion on InThe​se​Times​.com. We are par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in sub­mis­sions that focus on labor.

Writ­ers from mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties are espe­cial­ly encour­aged to sub­mit.

Please include a phone num­ber where you can be reached with your sub­mis­sion. Thanks in advance for sub­mit­ting your work to In These Times.

GUIDE­LINES

In These Times is a space for sto­ries that expose the influ­ence of cor­po­ra­tions over our gov­ern­ment and our lives, and that inform and advance move­ments for social, envi­ron­men­tal, gen­der, eco­nom­ic and racial jus­tice. All pitch­es will be reviewed through this lens.

FEA­TURES

In These Times’ fea­ture well is an eclec­tic space for inves­ti­ga­tions, report­ed sto­ries and opin­ion pieces. Report­ed sto­ries and inves­ti­ga­tions range from 1,200 to 4,000 words. Opin­ion and think­pieces range from 8001500 words. In addi­tion to tra­di­tion­al fea­tures, we’re open to sto­ries that lend them­selves to non­tra­di­tion­al for­mat­ting: Q&As, pho­to essays.

How to pitch
:
Let us know what kind of fea­ture you’re pitch­ing (report­ed, inves­tiga­tive, opin­ion) and what your ide­al word count would be. Give us a brief out­line of any cur­rent developments/​events you’d cov­er, and why such a top­ic is rel­e­vant and time­ly. Often, we’re look­ing for left takes on a top­ic that the main­stream media has either over­looked, mis­un­der­stood or not ful­ly explored. To pitch an inves­ti­ga­tion, see below.

INVES­TI­GA­TIONS

Please vis­it the Leonard C. Good­man Insti­tute for Inves­tiga­tive Report­ing page for more infor­ma­tion on pitch­ing inves­ti­ga­tions, and to learn more about our Inves­tiga­tive Report­ing Fellowship.

DIS­PATCH­ES

Think of this sec­tion as an inver­sion of The New York­ers Talk of the Town.” Instead of write-ups of NYC hap­pen­ings, we pro­vide dis­patch­es from around the coun­try on events out­side the main­stream media spot­light. This is where we show­case the many Amer­i­c­as that don’t get fea­tured in the coastal media. Each sto­ry leads with a short vignette, scene or con­ver­sa­tion, and then expands out into report­ing or com­men­tary. While the top­ic will often be local orga­niz­ing, activism or pol­i­tics, there’s room for eclec­ti­cism. You might lead with telling a con­ver­sa­tion you had with some­one in your life, a stock­hold­ers’ meet­ing, an exchange between two anchors on the local news. 

How to pitch: Pitch a scene that has polit­i­cal res­o­nance (whether overt or sub­tle) and explain how you would build a sto­ry around it. The event can be upcom­ing or recent, but should not be wide­ly report­ed. You must be able to direct­ly observe it, whether in per­son or by video/​audio (no sec­ond­hand report­ing). These are 750 – 850-word essays, first or third per­son. Please note if you require trav­el funding.

UP FOR DEBATE

In These Times prides itself on pro­vid­ing a space for con­ver­sa­tion and debate on the Left. In our Up for Debate” sec­tion, we host three dis­tinct takes on a ques­tion of press­ing strate­gic inter­est to pro­gres­sives. Past top­ics have includ­ed, for exam­ple, whether to deny fas­cists a plat­form and the costs and ben­e­fits of wind energy.

How to pitch: Pitch your dis­tinct take on a top­ic on which there are mul­ti­ple, valid but con­flict­ing points of view with­in the Left. A time­ly hook is help­ful but not required. What we don’t want are flash-in-the-pan ker­fuf­fles — the ques­tion must have last­ing rel­e­vance. In These Times will eval­u­ate the pitch in part based on whether we can assem­ble a dia­logue around it. Sug­ges­tions for peo­ple you’d like to debate are wel­come but not required. Lengths are typ­i­cal­ly 600 – 750 words.

CUL­TURE

Our cul­ture sec­tion offers a space for idea-dri­ven writ­ing with a dis­tinct, cre­ative and autho­r­i­al voice. That may take the form of a per­son­al essay, cre­ative non­fic­tion piece, his­tor­i­cal piece, think­piece on a cul­tur­al or polit­i­cal trend, or a review that uses one or sev­er­al books, movies or TV shows as a jump­ing-off point for your own argu­ment. We believe that big ideas can be expressed in ways that are not lofty or ultra-aca­d­e­m­ic, and that pro­gres­sive cul­tur­al writ­ing, at its best, relates pol­i­tics to people’s lives and inter­ests. Think Alice Walk­er, Studs Terkel or Kurt Von­negut or (all for­mer In These Times con­trib­u­tors). Essays that focus on the inter­sec­tion of economic/​racial inequal­i­ty and cul­ture are espe­cial­ly encour­aged. Cul­ture pitch­es should be emailed direct­ly to Man­ag­ing Edi­tor Diana Babineau at diana [at] inthe­se­times [dot] com.

How to pitch: Pieces range from 1,4501,700 words. Pitch 1 – 3 months in advance of any time-spe­cif­ic hook — an anniver­sary, movie release, book pub­li­ca­tion, etc. We are unlike­ly to accept reviews of already pub­lished books.

LABOR

In These Times is com­mit­ted to cov­er­ing work­ers’ strug­gles in Amer­i­ca and beyond.

We’re look­ing for report­ing on and analy­sis of under­re­port­ed work­place strug­gles, whether work­ers are union­ized, union­iz­ing, or fight­ing wage theft, occu­pa­tion­al haz­ards and oth­er exploita­tive treat­ment. Labor pieces are between 700 and 1,200 words (longer pieces are occa­sion­al­ly pub­lished), and pitch­es should be emailed direct­ly to our Web Edi­tor Sarah Lazare at sarah at inthe­se­times dot com, with a sub­ject line begin­ning Work­ing ITT pitch.”

INTHE​SE​TIMES​.COM

In These Times runs a range of report­ing and com­men­tary on our web­site. For sto­ries react­ing to break­ing news, be pre­pared to file with­in a few hours of receiv­ing the assign­ment and to pro­vide same-day revi­sions. Time-sen­si­tive web pitch­es should be emailed direct­ly to our Web Edi­tor Sarah Lazare at sarah at inthe­se­times dot com, with a sub­ject line begin­ning Time-sen­si­tive web pitch.”