Curbed is seeking pitches for longform and narrative stories from freelance writers and photographers. Curbed's focus is home: real estate, architecture, design, and urban planning. We want pitches for stories that dig deep on these topics, whether they are profiles of architects who are changing the field, stories about building types we haven't seen before (like a life-size Noah's Ark), personal essays, or analyses of how popular design trends like midcentury modern decor came to be. (For other examples, take a look at our most popular features of 2015.)
Types of feature stories can include: reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. We're interested in stories that will appeal to a national audience, even if the backbone of the story is a local narrative. Most of our features run between 2,500 and 5,000 words.
Have an idea for a type of story not listed above? Try us anyway. (But no listicles, how-to pieces, or trend stories, please.) And yes, we pay. Competitively.
How to pitch:
There are a few things we like to learn from writers when considering a story:
· What the story is, why it's a fit for Curbed, and the expected length
· How you plan to report the story, who you've talked to so far, and what your access is to additional sources
· Whether this topic has been covered elsewhere and in what way, and why Curbed should cover this story now
Please include writing samples or links to previously published stories. Ideas for photos, graphics, and other visual components for the story are also helpful as we consider your pitch. E-mail pitches to Sara Polsky, Curbed's features editor, at email@example.com.
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