Learn the rules, then break them
(Not the one about writing about fighting with your girlfriend over Netflix. Still not a story.)
We publish a wide variety of material. We like news, but we're hardly competing with The New York Times or the Washington Post. That said, if you can break a story, well, you probably shouldn't be leaving your house but we'd love to see it.
We're doing a few "Letters." Tell us what's going on in Idaho. Alabama. Yemen. The South of France. Burundi. You get the picture. How are these places handling the pandemic?
Generally, we try to examine news from a slightly more thoughtful angle. Example: Why was New York so short on hospital beds? Turns out one of Cuomo's predecessors took a "business" approach to health care. What? We're only using 70 percent of capacity? Close the suckers.
If you have a journalism background and you read or watch something that raises a question in your mind, look into it.
No scurrilous undergraduate rants (sorry). Sarcasm if you know how to wield it. But mostly, answer questions. Because we have a lot. We're guessing you do, too.
If you can write it in 300-400 words, great.
Literary sections are flexible. That personal essay about being cooped up with your boyfriend (or girlfriend) and fighting over what to watch on Netflix? Unless you're incredibly funny, probably not.
Essays, memoir, poems, all good. Please link to the pandemic in some way; even one of the themes of our lives right now can be tenuous but sufficient: isolation, community, illness, mortality, adrenaline, and, let's not be shy: money panic.
Speaking of which, we are deeply sorry to say: we don't pay. We do have a donate button; if that ends up raking in sufficient cash, we may be able to change that policy.
Writing sucks as a profession right now. As a passion, still good. We apologize. It's going to be a rough few months for everyone.
Something to write about.
Key question: Should I labor over a query or just write the damn thing?
Either one is OK with us. A query can save you time if it's a reported piece. If it's an essay, you will have to turn in something approaching a polished draft.