How To Submit Freelance Pitches To Bustle

Want to write for Bustle? We want you to write for us, too. Read on for our general pitching guidelines, as well as current needs and guidelines for each of our verticals: Books, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty, and News & Politics. Please only send pitches; do not send full drafts of stories/op-eds.

In any pitch to Bustle, please include the following:

  • A sample headline for the piece.
  • A 2-3 sentence description of the angle of the piece.
  • Your plan for photos, if applicable.
  • Sources for the piece that you know you have access to.
  • Clips, if you have not written for Bustle before.
  • Your standard rate.

BOOKS

We are currently accepting the following types of pitches for JANUARY 2019:

  • First-person essays about literature and identity pieces about your relationship to literature.
  • Reported pieces with a minimum of three sources.
  • Author profiles.

Coverage of new books, preferably by women and gender nonconforming authors, will be prioritized.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Reading lists.
  • Anything for DECEMBER 2018
  • Q&As

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact: Senior Books Editor Cristina Arreola: cristina+pitches@bustle.com

LIFESTYLE

We are currently accepting the following types of pitches for JANUARY 2019:

  • Personal essays and reported pieces (reported pieces must include at least 3 sources) about health, mental health, relationships, and identity.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Listicles.
  • News stories pegged to new studies or viral trends; however, if it’s a unique take or first-person essay related to a news story, we will consider it.

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For sex & relationships and general lifestyle pitches, Deputy Editor Michelle Toglia: michelle+pitches@bustle.com

For health, mental health, and identity pitches, Associate Editor Melanie Mignucci: melanie.mignucci+pitches@bustle.com

ENTERTAINMENT

We are currently accepting pitches for:

  • First-person identity pieces based on timely entertainment news or TV/movie events.
  • Reported entertainment features.
  • Festival or junket coverage.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Entertainment watch lists (Ex: "13 Rom-Coms To Watch On Netflix").

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For movies pitches, Movies Editor Sage Young: sage.young@bustle.com

For TV pitches, TV Editor Sam Rollins: samantha.rollins@bustle.com

For trending and timely entertainment news and music pitches, Entertainment News Editor Rachel Simon: rachel.simon@bustle.com

FASHION & BEAUTY

  • We are currently accepting the following pitches for JANUARY 2019:
  • For an upcoming project, personal essays from women/non-binary people who have 4C hair
  • For an upcoming project, personal essays from trans individuals about skin care
  • Reported features for our Let's Take It From The Top series, which are deep dives into the most beloved products and pop culture phenomenons of our time
  • Reported features on a trend or community in the fashion/beauty space
  • Timely fashion/beauty-related reaction pieces to news stories and award shows
  • Exclusive fashion/beauty-related interviews with celebrities, influencers, and other interesting people in the fashion and beauty industries.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Beauty or fashion experiments
  • Product roundups or listicles
  • Product reviews
  • Tutorials

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

To pitch, contact Fashion & Beauty Features Editor, Kayla Greaves: kayla.greaves@bustle.com.

NEWS & POLITICS

We are currently accepting pitches for:

  • Op-eds and essays (600 to 800 words) that are tied to the news of the day.

We also accept pitches on a rolling basis for the Without This Woman series.

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For timely news and politics op-ed pitches and the Without This Woman series, Senior Editor Celia Darrough: celia+pitches@bustle.com