The Future Newspaper/ How to Apply (Payment: $1.50 per word)
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The Future Newspaper/ How to Apply (Payment: $1.50 per word)

The Future Newspaper, “a speculative newspaper set in the future”, is looking for writers to contribute interesting and eye-opening pieces to its pages. The pieces could be on a variety of topics, especially those that “disproportionately impact Black and other marginalized people”, including (but not limited to): police violence, housing, wealth inequality, and the prison system. Writers contributing to this newspaper will identify and report on solutions to these social issues, and they will consider “what promise these solutions hold for the future?”

According to the Future Newspaper website: “Each article will be grounded in a solutions journalism framework, which critically explores how people and institutions respond to problems. Examples of solutions stories include, this Mother Jones article, which focuses on a novel approach to supporting people after prison. And this New York Times article about cities fighting inequality with free public transportation.”

Black writers and writers of color are strongly encouraged to submit. The newspaper pays $1.50 per word and will accept pieces between 1200—2000 words long. The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2020.

Who is Eligible:

  • Any writer who can identify and report on solutions to social issues currently being implemented in communities around the country.
  • There is no application fee.

How to Apply:

  • Send a pitch of between 2—3 paragraphs that identifies a real problem, how people are working to resolve it, and what promise the solutions holds for the future.
  • 2—3 writing samples that reflect your best writing and reporting.
  • A brief bio and links to your most used social media accounts.
  • All this should be sent to:
  • The subject line should read: “Future Newspaper _ Your Last Name”.
  • The deadline for submissions is February 16th, 2020.


  • $1.50 per word.

Good luck.


You can also check out The Africa Is a Country Fellowship.


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