Magic at the Margins is an ad-free subscription community and digital newsletter hosted and founded by Feed The Malik.
They publish and share content that is both unique and inclusive, exploring history, culture, nuance, and/or identity through the lens of food and beverage. The digital newsletter explores essential skills related to food and beverage, from mixology to knife skills.
They also welcome freelance contributors interested in crafting original and relevant written pieces for the newsletter.
Submission Guidelines For Magic At The Margins
- Feel free to pitch topics from practical skills, like how to dice an onion to historical significance, such as the history of Black veganism.
- Most essay pieces are 800-1000 words.
- Please do not submit previously published works or trend pieces.
- Even though the newsletter has to do with food and beverages, they do not want restaurant reviews, recipes and listicles.
- They evaluate and select pitches on a rolling basis. If your pitch is selected, expect to hear back by the 15th of the month following your submission.
- Given the volume of pitches they receive, if your pitch was not selected you will not be notified. In addition, they do not have the capacity to provide feedback on individual pitches.
- Do you have an idea that seems fitting for this newsletter? Send them your original pitch—one that has not been previously published, lifted from a press release, or other source—using this form.
Below are topics of some pieces that were previously published in Magic at the Margins or fit the themes of the community. You can explore these on their website before pitching.
- When Cooking Fatigue Sets In: When You Have to Cook but Don’t Want To.
- The Use of Food as Religious Symbolism.
- What Southerners Won’t Eat a Breakfast Sandwich Without? Jelly.
- What is Black Food?
- There are no entry fees.
- Submissions are open to everyone irrespective of their race, gender, age, etc.
Pay is $1 per word, capped at $1,000 per piece, for stories that fit our community themes.