How To Submit Your Work
Thank you for your interest in pitching Catapult magazine and Don’t Write Alone. This is an overview of how to submit your work. Various editors on the masthead have pitch guides tailored to their interests and tastes, which are linked below. The goal of this page is to give a broad sense of what we are looking for and how best to get in touch with us. Catapult is a daily digital magazine that publishes original essays, fiction, and poetry. We also run a writing-focused vertical, Don’t Write Alone, intended to be a resource for authors at every stage of their careers.
We welcome pitches (for nonfiction) and drafts (both fiction and nonfiction) for work that corresponds to any of the below sections. For pitches, we generally look for 2-3 short paragraphs that outline a story’s narrative arc, argument or key takeaways, the conversation it seeks to be a part of, and the original contribution that it aims to make.
Essays: We publish first-person narrative essays that use the personal as a doorway into broader subjects, questions, and conversations. Published pieces usually run to a maximum of 2,500 words.
Fiction: Like our nonfiction, we seek short (including flash) fiction with a strong narrative arc and a distinctive voice. Word count is more flexible but usually runs between 3,000-4,000 words (excluding flash). Please note that we publish fiction far less frequently—once per week—than we do nonfiction.
Poetry: The bulk of our poetry submissions are solicited by our poetry editor.
Don’t Write Alone: We publish essays on craft and the writing life; interviews with authors and industry professionals; resources for pitching, freelancing, and job searching; and other educational materials. A more detailed guide on how to pitch Don’t Write Alone is coming soon.
How to Contact Us Tajja Isen ([email protected]) is open to: Essays that blend personal stories with cultural-critical analysis to explore and reflect on broader conversations. See Tajja’s pitch guide here. Matt Ortile ([email protected]) is open to: Argument-driven essays that weave a compelling personal narrative with cultural analysis, fact-based research, and/or reporting. See Matt’s pitch guide here.
Stella Cabot Wilson ([email protected]) is open to: Essays that explore the personal via your experience of a particular “subculture,” especially those rooted in work and/or the body (e.g. Are you a DJ? A concert pianist? A bartender? A political organizer?). She is also open to short stories and flash fiction. See Stella’s pitch guide here.
Allisen Lichtenstein ([email protected]) is open to: Essays that critically analyze culture, science, and other phenomena (housing, climate change, etc.) with a personal lens. These essays should include reporting and research. Eliza Harris ([email protected]) is open to: Comics of up to 15 pages in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Arriel Vinson ([email protected]) is open to: Personal essays with an element of cultural analysis on Blackness, music or other pop culture, and relationships of any kind. Submittable: Our Submittable opens selectively for designated time periods and specific genres or special projects. If we have any open Submittable calls, we will advertise them on this page and our Twitter; otherwise, the best way to contact us is to email individual editors directly.
Please note that we only consider original, unpublished works.
Please pitch only one editor on the masthead at a time. If you’ve already sent your idea to one Catapult editor, there is no need to double-submit. Similarly, if a Catapult editor has passed on your idea, please do not pitch it to another staff member.
Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please note that we plan our editorial calendar at least four weeks ahead—if you’re looking to place something time-sensitive on a tight timeline, we may not be the right outlet.
We pay for all accepted pieces. Our rates start at $200, vary with length and the degree of research proposed, and are always negotiable.
Please allow two weeks before following up.
Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!