call for stories

SOUND ARTISTS (call for pieces) by Bear Guerra


Via Center for Documentary Studies:
”In keeping with the spirit of shortwave radio, we invite you to transmit your own signals through CDS Shortwave’s community-sourced sonic exhibition station. The sounds you hear on the station are from our Sounds of Winter and On Break audio calls. Our third call for entry is Encounters.

If you’d like to participate, please submit (a maximum of three) audio pieces related to sounds from the street, interpreted as broadly as you wish, that are 20 to 60 seconds in length and no larger than 10MB. Please provide a title and a brief description of no more than 60 characters. Selected audio, identified by title and maker, will be added to Encounters on a rolling basis through the end of December 2019. We will be announcing the next call for audio in mid-December. We will let you know if your piece will be featured in Encounters. We will edit your audio to keep volume consistent across the station, and may also edit for length.”

FREELANCE RADIO PRODUCERS (call for pitches, September 16) by Bear Guerra


Via Making Contact:

“Making Contact produces media that analyses critical issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action. We are accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our Fall schedule.

We’re looking for both new radio pieces, or potential audio material that has previously aired non-exclusively (radio features, video docs, sound-rich podcasts etc.)

Although we’re always looking for stories on a variety of topics (so send those over, too), we’re particularly interested in the following list.

Please see our submission guidelines for more info on our style guidelines and pay rates. Your work will air on our 151 affiliate stations and on our podcast.

Please submit pitches to by September 16th


Prisons and People in Prison

  • Re-entry.

  • We’re seeking segments on post-release monitoring or surveillance – such as changes to the parole process, an exploration of monitoring and the use of algorithms, Life Without Parole, women in prison, and plea bargains.. What new solutionary approaches are there for success when our community members come back home? We’re more interested in stories of people working together than those finding individual one-off solutions.

  • Tech and prison.

    • The modern prison system isn’t just a physical space – these days it’s virtual: breathalysers used in DUI cases; surveillance or predictive policing; tracking online activity are some examples. How do we grapple with these new technologies and how do people fight them?


  • New stories from the border

  • We’re looking for illustrative, character-driven, myth-busting stories. What’s happening at the border? Why are people immigrating and what’s it like when they get here? And we love historical context! So bring on the history, economics and politics!

  • Climate refugees

  • How have rising seas and temperatures forced people to move? how is the world responding to such an unprecedented mass migration? How are island communities or people of color and the poor living on the coastline fighting to secure their safety and homes?

  • Rise of right wing nationalism

  • White nationalists, but also hindu nationalists, buddhist nationalists etc have always used immigrants as a scapegoat. How are we seeing this echoed across the world? Who belongs where? What about stateless people? What’s being hidden when governments expel the most vulnerable from their borders?

Reproductive Justice and Women of Color

  • Abortion access.

  • We’re seeing attacks on abortion all across the US with access to abortion rapidly decreasing. What’s the role of religious fundamentalism or the role of Catholic hospitals? What’s happening on the level of schools and colleges and availability of birth control and abortion healthcare on campus? How are students organizing? How are people organizing to maintain and expand abortion access. Stories need to empahsize the intersection of race and gender and the particular impact of abortion access on the young, poor+working class women of color.

  • Criminalization of reproductive access.

  • Women are being criminally punished for miscarriage or inducing abortion. We want to hear about the push to punish women, especially women of color or women from states in which abortion is not readily available. Again, what’s being done to protect women?

  • Comprehensive Reproductive Justice

    • Beyond access to abortion or birth control, Reproductive Justice includes the right to raise any children we do have with dignity in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. Pitch us stories exploring ways women are dismantling health and social inequalities throughout our life cycles, and across our multiple realities of race, immigration status, queer and trans bodies, incarceration, age and geography.

White Supremacy and the Right Wing 

  • The historical roots of white supremacy.

  • The recent wave of white supremacy raging across the United States, and the internationally isn’t new “How are people confronting and dismantling it while exploring its history, financial backing, and the role police and governments? We’re seeking innovative stories about the history of white supremacy here and abroad and ways organizers are confronting that past.

  • Voter disenfranchisement and the ballot in 2020.

    • How are people of color dissuaded or prevented from voting and exercising our/their political voice? How are white supremacists actively securing the voting booth again people of color in 2020. What are activists doing to stop voter disenfranchisement and protect the right to vote?

Climate Change and Climate Justice

  • Grassroots Insurgency:

    • Pitch us stories that aren’t just about the coming apocalypse. Instead, stories that complicate the idea that we’ll be easily eradicated or that there’s no hope. How are people preparing to adapt to a changing climate? What’s going to make a difference in the coming decades? How are people organizing in their towns, communities or local jurisdictions? We’re looking for your stories that reframe the inevitability of global warming as a time for radical hope and imagination.

    • Corporate Accountability and Water Privatization: We’re looking to build upon our past coverage of this issue spanning realms of environment, democracy and corporations attempting to privatize municipal water systems, and communities responding. We have a segment underway in ME and we’re interested in working with freelancers in areas such as Pittsburg, Flint, Lagos and youran update to the story of Flint, MI? It’s one of the worst examples of water supply contamination and inadequate responses. Also, one population that has endured generations of poverty, disputes over water rights, and a lack of plumbing infrastructure live throughout the Navajo Nation (Utah, New Mexico, Arizona), where nearly half of all people must get their water from pumps outside of the home. We’re looking for stories about the barriers to clean water access on Native American reservations, and what people are doing to improve access to clean water.”

    DEADLINE: September 16

CALIFORNIA WRITERS (call for stories, ongoing) by Bear Guerra

Via Boom California:

Boom California embraces work in many different formats, although we normally publish the short and long-form essays, which are refereed through a double-blind peer review process. We invite written, photographic, artistic, and multimedia submissions in all formats and lengths, with essays from 800 to approximately 8,000 words.

Topics of particular interest to Boom California include:

  • Immigration

  • Race

  • Inequality

  • Social Justice

  • Gender

  • Queer Studies

  • Labor

  • Latinx Population and Culture

  • Asian American Population and Culture

  • African American Population and Culture

  • Poverty

  • Social Movements

Within and across these topics, our goal is to highlight California within broader global contexts, exploring them through various underexplored cultural modalities, including but not limited to expressions in history, religion, food, the environment, crime, music, film, media, and elsewhere.”


WOMEN OF COLOR FREELANCE WRITERS (call for pitches) by Bear Guerra


“ZORA is Medium’s online publication by, for and about women of color. 

Launching in June of 2019, our goal is to provide women of color a must-read destination for daily stories that reflect, enhance and uplift the complexity of her life.

Our topic areas include (in no particular order): current events, culture, identity, race, justice, equality, work/life, family, self, sexuality, parenting, psychology, spirituality, career, friendship, aging, habits, love and dating, body image, trauma and recovery, caregiving, hobbies... and the list goes on. 

We look at all these topics through the lens of the lived experiences of women of color. If a story touches on some aspect of pulling back the curtain—on the individual level, or the wider cultural level—it might be a fit for us.”

SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS OF COLOR (call for stories, July 24) by Bear Guerra

Via Resonance Network:

“The Resonance Network & Wakanda Dreamlab are accepting pieces of work for a Wakanda-inspired gender anthology.

We welcome multiple submissions. If you choose to submit more than one piece, please fill out a separate form for each. 

What We're Looking For: Fictional accounts of daily life in Wakanda that center on specific experiences given what we know of the kingdom and that respond to the prompt. Learn more about Wakanda here:

Who Should Apply: All those across the race and gender spectrum who believe in and are committed to gender justice and liberation and the power of speculative fiction. We especially welcome and will give preference to pieces from Black transgender, gender non-conforming and Indigenous womxn-identifying kin.”

DEADLINE: July 24.


SHORT FICTION WRITERS, POETS FOCUSED ON MOTHERHOOD (call for stories, August 1) by Bear Guerra


Via Mom Egg Review:

Mom Egg Review, a literary magazine about motherhood, seeks submissions for their 18th annual print issue, themed HOME. Poetry, short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works. They also seek art focused on mothers and HOME.

Submissions are opening May 1, 2019 for the 18th annual print issue of Mom Egg Review/ MER, themed HOME. We publish literary work that is about mothering or motherhood; submissions for this issue should be about motherhood and this issue’s theme of HOME.

We seek work about motherhood in the context any of the many connotations of HOME. Some possibilities: Your childhood home, first apartment, the home you live in and create. Homelessness. Home land. Home base. Torn between homes. Also all the rooms of the home and what is done in them (kids’ room, kitchen, bedroom), the neighborhood, others’ homes, being away from home (hospital, travel), etc. Of course, as well, the earth is our home. The nature of “home”—is a home a place, a feeling, a center, a community? Can work be a home? Can a poem be a home?

We publish poetry, flash and short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works (up to 850 words). We also seek mother-themed art.”

DEADLINE: August 1.


Via CityLab:

“We’re interested in the challenges and complexities of city life in the 21st century, in communities both big and small. We want stories from where you are that are interesting, relevant, and meaningful to people everywhere. We invite you to share your expertise and to help fill our blind spots.

What makes a good CityLab story?

CityLab stories span a number of topics, from transit to climate change. Check out our different channels: DesignTransportationEquityEnvironment, and Life.   

Whether we’re covering housing policy or an innovative art installation, our reporting reveals something about the problems, solutions, and surprises of the urban landscape.”


Via The Marshall Project:

The Marshall Project, a criminal justice reporting non-profit organization, is looking to work with formerly incarcerated photographers on a freelance basis in the United States. Please send an e-mail with the subject heading "Marshall Project Freelance Photographer" to with a link to your portfolio or samples of your work. If you are sending samples as opposed to a portfolio link, please limit the size of each photo to 1300 pixels wide, at 72dpi. Please send between 10-20 samples if not sending a portfolio link. We'd also welcome recommendations of formerly incarcerated photographers.”

CLIMATE WRITERS (call for pitches, July 1) by Bear Guerra

Via High Country News:

“The year is 2070. Climate change has reshaped the American West. What does your hometown's scenario look like – 50 years out? Scientific prediction or science fiction? Give us your best forecast about how such phenomena have affected your community or region. Risk it all for publication and prizes. Submit up to 200 words, or an art conception, about your region's future.”



FREELANCE WRITERS FOCUSED ON CONSERVATION (call for pitches, October 1) by Bear Guerra

Via Mongabay:

“A new Mongabay reporting project aims to identify solutions to environmental challenges, so that they can be celebrated and adopted more widely. We’re searching for real-world examples from both land and sea, which can help conservation groups, agencies, and communities address the problems caused by habitat loss, overharvesting, climate change, pollution, and other threats. Through this reporting effort, we aim to help groups who may lack access to information on available tools and strategies, by highlighting where and why conservation efforts have been successful. Highlighting success stories can lead to transformative change by providing practitioners with blueprints and case studies for effective models.”

DEADLINE: October 1.

ESSAY WRITERS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via Oxford American:

“Pitch essays about the American South.

The Oxford American welcomes fiction and nonfiction submissions, as well as proposals for articles. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is a $3 processing fee for most categories.) The Oxford American does not accept submissions on paper and cannot return manuscripts sent to the office.

Please familiarize yourself with recent issues of the magazine before you submit. The Oxford American can be purchased at discerning bookstores and newsstands everywhere. Single-copy issues and back issues may be purchased here. Issues appear in March, June, September, and November. Our annual Southern Music Issue appears in November.”


ESSAYISTS, BOOK REVIEWERS (call for pitches) by Bear Guerra

Via High Country News:

“High Country News’ 2019 Books and Authors issue is looking for pitches.. We're interested in writing that "unsettles" ideas about the West, and in highlighting diverse perspectives.

Each fall, High Country News produces its Books & Authors issue, showcasing some of the best and most exciting writing about the modern American West. We intend to surprise and delight our readers with interesting titles and writers, and with excellent longform essays and narratives. This year, we’re especially interested in highlighting diverse perspectives.”

DEADLINE: July 21.


WOMEN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHERS (call for proposals) by Bear Guerra

Via We, Women:

We, Women seeks community engagement and collaborative photo-based projects that redefine how people understand and respond to urgent issues in the United States.

Possible topics include gun control, immigration, criminal justice, the environment, political participation, education, healthcare, housing, jobs and the economy, indigenous rights, religion and substance abuse. 

Selected photographers will receive US$5,000 to US$10,000, mentorship and production support, and promotion and marketing of projects. Their work will be featured in the We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020 and a traveling exhibition beginning Fall 2020.”

DEADLINE: June 30.


YOUNG VIDEO MAKERS (call for projects) by Bear Guerra

Via Megacities ShortDocs:

“CALL FOR ENTRIES (Summary of the Terms & Conditions)

MegaCities-ShortDocs Film Festival, Edition 5. A festival of short documentary-films that highlight initiatives which seek to bring effective solutions to MegaCities’ challenges and inspire people to take actions to improve the life of MegaCitizens in their MegaCity.

Your ShortDoc film must:

  • show a challenge in your MegaCity (such as transportation, education, refugees, health, climate change, …) and solutions or ideas of new initiatives that could tackle such issues. A challenge that is potentially a theme with social or environmental impact covered by one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations,

  • take place inside the urban area of one existing megacities (1 of the 38 metropolitan areas of more than 10 Million inhabitants),

  • last no more than 4 minutes (including closing credits)

  • integrate English subtitles: the subtitles must be integrated to the ShortDoc in the following pattern: Police: Calibri, Normal, 70, in white. Black outline, size 2. The subtitles must be kept on one line only, in the lowest part of the screen.”

DEADLINE: July 15.


MAGAZINE WRITERS (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via California Sunday magazine:

“We're excited to fill you in on something we’re planning for later this year: Pop-Up Magazine and California Sunday Magazinewill collaborate to create special, themed issues for both our Fall tour (which runs late Sept. through mid-Oct., across 8 cities) and our Sept/Oct issue. The theme for both? Escape.

Here’s where you come in. We’re on the hunt for story ideas for both the touring show and the magazine. Some may live in one or the other, some may live in both. And the great thing about escape? It’s a theme that lends itself to all types of stories. A story about video games is an escape story. A story about psychedelics is an escape story. A story about immigration can be about escape. A story about gender identity is an escape story. A story about confinement could be an escape story. A travel story can be about escape. So can a story about divorce. As always, we want stories that feature great characters, and we’re looking to represent a wide array of voices, perspectives, and tones in this issue — from humorous and light to serious and subversive. At a time when it seems everyone is trying to escape in some way — be it literal or figurative — what are the stories that people need to hear right now?  

To send ideas (both topical and otherwise) for California Sunday and/or Pop-Up, reply to this email. If you need a refresher on our contributor guidelines, check out California Sunday’s by emailing You can find Pop-Up’s here. We look forward to hearing from you!”

YOUNG IMMIGRANT WRITERS (call for stories) by Bear Guerra

Via The Hawkins Project:

“The Hawkins Project (co-founded by Dave Eggers) is publishing a new anthology highlighting the experiences of youth who have immigrated from one country to another. Young people between the ages of 11-24 can submit pieces of non-fiction and poetry for consideration.

If you have any further questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to be in touch:”