Emergence Magazine

Pitches & Submissions

We’re looking for stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality.

We’re interested in both local and global stories that are in-depth and narrative-focused. We consider long-form content as well as shorter, time-sensitive pieces that offer a more immediate response to current events. This includes: essays, op-eds, poetry, films, photography, multimedia, and audio stories. We only consider unpublished works or online premieres for film, photography, and multimedia. Being familiar with the work we publish can help you see if your story will align with our editorial impulse.

We publish content weekly online and via our podcast. Our annual print edition features a selection of content previously published online as well as work commissioned specifically for print.

In addition to general pitches and submissions, we are interested in new work that explores the following themes:

  • Alternative economic models. The renewed role of gift economies and economies of life within—or in place of—commodity-based economic models; the renewed relevance and importance of sustainable, local economic systems.
  • Food insecurity and scarcity, as well as food systems that offer resiliency. The systemic weaknesses and/or the points of strength in our existing food systems that are becoming more apparent in a time of crisis.
  • Human and nonhuman migration. How patterns of human movement have been impacted by the climate crisis and by broader trends that have been unfolding in recent history; how the migration patterns of birds, insects, and other species are shifting at this time.
  • Living with the unknown. At a time of breakdown and upheaval, what it means to live with uncertainty. What has been revealed—the light and the dark—and what has been set into motion that is shaping the next chapter of our collective future.

Below is a list of our pitch and submission requirements.


Pitches:

  • Pitches must be 500 words or less.
  • Clearly outline the story you want to tell, explain what makes it interesting, why it matters now, and what perspective or reporting you will bring to it.
  • In 200 words or less, include why you think this story is a fit for Emergence.
  • Include your bio and links to previously published work or portfolios if you have them.
  • Include a brief description of your work in your email.


Submissions:

  • In no more than 500 words, include a description of the work.
  • In 200 words or less, include why you think this story is a fit for Emergence.
  • Please include essays, op-eds, and poetry as an unpublished online link (Google Docs or similar).
  • For films, provide a password-protected Vimeo link.
  • For photography, multimedia, and audio stories, provide a link to view work on Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • Include your bio and links to previously published work or portfolios if you have them.
  • Include a brief description of the work in your email.
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