Longreads Pitch Submission (Payment $500, $350)
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Longreads Pitch Submission (Payment $500, $350)

Longreads is currently accepting submissions of drafts and pitches for reported and personal essays.

Longreads is dedicated to publishing and sharing the best longform nonfiction storytelling on the web. This Longreads Pitch Submission is only for original nonfiction works. You need to be an eloquent writer to submit to Longreads.

Guidelines for Longreads Pitch Submission

  • They are a very small team and receive many pitches and submissions each day.
  • Longreads only respond if they are interested in publishing your piece, so they strongly recommend submitting simultaneously to other publications.
  • Please email essay submissions, feature pitches, reading list ideas, and other queries to hello@longreads.com.
  • Add a bit of detail and context in your subject line helps to make your message stand out. Learn ways to write your mail to support your submission.
  • Longreads will not accept any submission or pitch that has been written or edited using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT.

Submissions Categories

Essays (Personal, Researched, Reported, Critical) and Columns

  1. Essays and columns typically run between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Pieces may be longer or broken up into a series depending on the length and subject matter.
  2. Personal essays should be submitted on spec, and they pay $500 per essay. They look for smart, original angles and fresh, unique voices.
  3. Pitches for researched and reported essays, critical essays, and columns are accepted.

Rates start at $500, with the fee varying depending on the level of reporting and research required, as well as the overall word count. Essays and columns, including some personal essays, may be fact-checked as necessary.


Reading Lists

Longreads seeks writers who are interested in exploring topics through curated reading lists. A reading list typically includes an essay-style introduction, followed by a collection of links to longform stories (and sometimes books and other resources) related to the theme.

They pay $350 per reading list.

Please email hello@longreads.com and include “Reading List” and the proposed topic/theme in your email subject line. Timely topics, but also offbeat and unique angles, are especially welcome, as is a diverse mix of featured publications and writers.


There is no specified deadline, but ensure to submit while you can.

If interested, ensure to visit the Longreads Website to see previously accepted works. Good luck.

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