How To Pitch Stories To BuzzFeed LGBT
We’re looking for personal essays, cultural criticism, profiles, and reported features that touch upon some aspect of the LGBT experience. Here’s what you need to know.
We want your pitches!
Here are the kinds of stories we're looking for:
Essays that reflect on personal experiences from a unique point of view
We love a good first person essay. Your story should examine or reflect on an idea, event, or perspective that at least tangentially touches upon queerness — the most important thing is that either the topic and/or your particular angle is fresh, relatable, and guided by a strong voice.
Helpful How-To Guides
Life gets hard. If you have particular expertise about how to do a certain thing that a lot of queer, trans, or gender nonconforming people do, readers would love your advice!
Cultural Commentary And Criticism
Have some burning thoughts on a trans character in your favorite (or least favorite) television show? Dying to air your grievances about the latest trend or cultural phenomenon burning through one or more LGBT social circles? We’d love your pieces. These could either be purely critical, or feel free to relate a film/book/TV show/event to some aspect of your own life.
Interviews/Profiles Of Celebrities And Other Important Figures
This is one area we’re especially eager to see more pitches for. BuzzFeed LGBT is interested in running fully-imagined profiles of queer and trans celebrities, thinkers, politicians, creators, artists, and other trailblazers, both established and up-and-coming. We’re excited to elevate the voices and experiences of LGBT people by exploring various aspects of their lives and careers, which are certainly impacted by — but are not limited to — their LGBT identity.
These could take the form of full profiles or more straightforward interviews with a creative twist — either of a single person, or a group which represents a certain trend.
Another area where BuzzFeed LGBT is looking to expand further: reported features that dig deep into a particular event, story, or cultural movement, where there’s enough material to warrant spending more time reporting and going #longform with the final product.
Not every pitch will fit into one of these frames, and some will fit in multiple — we’re always up for experimentation, so if you have an intriguing, outside-of-the-box idea, pitch it!
We’re particularly seeking pitches from writers of color and trans and gender non-conforming writers. We’re also looking for more graphic essays, humor, and photo essays.
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How To Pitch
Email LGBT Editor Shannon Keating at firstname.lastname@example.org with a few clear paragraphs explaining your topic/argument, your method of approach, and why you think BuzzFeed LGBT readers would be interested. Pitches in the bodies of emails only, please.
Also include a few lines about who you are, links to some of your past work, and why you’re the best person to write this story.
Word count varies; we’ll work with each writer on what would make the most sense for a particular piece. Typically stories are somewhere between 800 and 2,000 words.
PLEASE don’t submit your pitch to more than one outlet — if you need a quick reply, indicate that your pitch is time sensitive in the subject of your email.