Prism is looking for freelance pitches. We cover range of subjects, including voting rights and electoral justice, criminal justice, gender and LGBTQIA+ issues, racial justice, workers’ rights, immigration and the environment. Currently, Prism is covering these topics as they relate to the U.S. and U.S. territories. We accept reported news stories, features, and profiles (up to 1200 words), along with op-eds, commentaries, and short personal essays (700 to 900 words) on those topics and others that relate more broadly to our focus on reflective democracy.
Consistent with our mission, Prism aims to feature perspectives and stories not currently centered in traditional media, so we especially encourage pitches from BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+ people, and others from marginalized and underrepresented groups. Whether from emerging voices or experienced writers, we’re interested in well-researched, topical pieces with a compelling voice and strong narrative.
To learn more about the kinds of stories we’re looking for, check out the published pieces on our website and also check out the things we share on our Twitter and Facebook feeds to get a feel for the kind of work that moves us. Email pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Pitch” in the subject line. Include links to your previously published works if you have them, but don’t worry if you don’t—if you don’t have published clips to share, send writing samples that you feel best represent your voice and writing style. Please do not send drafts of your proposed article, whether in part or in full, for consideration. Pay for accepted pieces is $.40/word.
In additional to our ongoing, general call for pitches outlined above, Prism is also looking for freelance pitches in the following areas:
- Public Education | At Prism, we’re seeking freelance contributions to expand our coverage of racial justice and public education. Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has both uncovered and exacerbated the racial injustice and disparities that have long been defining features of public education in the United States. From the unfinished business of school desegregation—particularly in the Northeast—to inequitable resource distribution, achievement gaps, and biases in discipline, to outdated, whitewashed, and heteronormative curricula that feed distorted perceptions of BIPOC, it’s clear that the world of public education is due for its own racial justice reckoning. We’re seeking stories that not only examine the challenges facing BIPOC students within public education, but which also highlight how parents, teachers, school boards, elected officials, and other community members are organizing to meet students’ needs, and the innovative policy solutions, programs, reforms, and new curricula being driven by BIPOC. We accept reported news stories, features, and profiles (up to 1200 words), along with op-eds, commentaries, and short personal essays (700 to 900 words). Prism pays $0.40/word for freelance contributions. Please submit all pitches via email to email@example.com, and include the words “Pitch – Public Education” in the subject line.
- Refugee Resettlement | Under the Trump administration, admission and resettlement of refugees within the United States has been cut to record low levels. Now, as the new Biden presidential administration takes shape with plans to rebuild the resettlement program, Prism is looking to expand our coverage of refugee communities in the United States, admission and resettlement policy, and community sponsorship. We’re seeking pitches both from journalists and from those directly on the front lines of refugee resettlement in the U.S.—including refugees and people working in the areas of community sponsorship advocacy and resettlement policy, advocacy, and organizing—for coverage that centers the experiences of BIPOC in this space. We accept reported news stories, features, and profile (up to 1200 words), along with op-eds, commentaries, and short personal essays (700 to 900 words). Prism pays $.40/word for freelance contributions. Please submit all pitches via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the words “Pitch – Refugee Resettlement” in the subject line.