How To Submit Freelance Pitches To Bustle

Want to write for Bustle? We want you to write for us, too. Read on for our general pitching guidelines, as well as current needs and guidelines for each of our verticals: Books, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty, and News & Politics. Please only send pitches; do not send full drafts of stories/op-eds.

In any pitch to Bustle, please include the following:

  • A sample headline for the piece.
  • A 2-3 sentence description of the angle of the piece.
  • Your plan for photos, if applicable.
  • Sources for the piece that you know you have access to.
  • Clips, if you have not written for Bustle before.
  • Your standard rate.

BOOKS

We are currently accepting the following types of pitches for AUGUST 2019.

  • First-person essays about literature and identity pieces.
  • Reported pieces with a minimum of three sources.
  • Tightly-angled interviews with authors.
  • I'm So Jealous pieces, tied to books.

Coverage of new books, preferably by women and gender nonconforming authors, will be prioritized.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Reading lists
  • Reviews
  • Q&As

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact: Senior Books Editor Cristina Arreola: cristina+pitches@bustle.com

LIFESTYLE

We are currently accepting the following types of pitches for Fall 2019

  • Personal essays and reported pieces (reported pieces must include at least 3 sources) about health, mental health, relationships, and identity.
  • Personal essays about how culture/heritage impacted puberty. Send pitches to Michelle Toglia: michelle+pitches@bustle.com

We are also accepting pitches for potential inclusion in the following two series:

  • Living With, a series that looks at the diverse impacts of living with chronic illness.
  • Unashamed, a series about the stigma millennial women and non-binary folks still face surrounding STIs.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Listicles.
  • News stories pegged to new studies or viral trends; however, if it’s a unique take or first-person essay related to a news story, we will consider it.

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For sex & relationships, puberty, and general lifestyle pitches, Deputy Editor Michelle Toglia: michelle+pitches@bustle.com

For health, mental health, and identity pitches, Associate Editor Melanie Mignucci: melanie.mignucci+pitches@bustle.com

ENTERTAINMENT

We are currently accepting the following pitches for Summer/Fall 2019:

  • Features tracking trends and themes throughout pop culture and entertainment tied to timely news or TV/movie events.
  • Reported entertainment pieces talking to experts, first-person sources, etc.
  • Identity essays based on timely entertainment topics.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Entertainment watch lists
  • Guest columns

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For movies pitches, Movies Editor Sage Young: sage.young@bustle.com

For TV pitches, Senior TV Editor Samantha Rollins: samantha.rollins@bustle.com

FASHION & BEAUTY

We are currently accepting the following pitches:

  • Fashion and/or beauty-related reported features or personal essays tied to the news of the day, to be filed same-day
  • Reported features (must include at least three original sources) for our Let's Take It From The Top series, which are deep dives into the most beloved products and pop culture phenomenons of our time
  • Reported features (must include at least three original sources) on a trend or community in the fashion/beauty space
  • Exclusive fashion/beauty-related interviews with celebrities, influencers, and other interesting people in the fashion and beauty industries.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Beauty or fashion experiments
  • Product roundups or listicles
  • Product reviews
  • Tutorials

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

To pitch, contact Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor Kara McGrath, kara@bustle.com.

NEWS & POLITICS

We are currently accepting pitches for:

  • Op-eds and essays (600 to 800 words) that are tied to the news of the day, to be filed same- or next-day.
  • Reported pieces (must include at least 3 sources) tied to the news of the day, to be filed same- or next-day.
  • Reported features in the areas of reproductive rights, gender equality, women in politics, crime, tech and business news, and more.

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For timely news and politics op-ed pitches, Senior Editor Celia Darrough: celia+pitches@bustle.com

For timely reported pieces and news features, Deputy Editor Catherine Thompson: catherine.thompson+pitches@bustle.com.