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 JUNE, JULY, and AUGUST 2019.

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

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

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Reading lists
  • Reviews
  • 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 SPRING 2019:

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

We are also accepting pitches for potential inclusion in the following two series:

  • Family Thread, a series that looks at the many ways our family relationships and our mental health are connected.
  • Living With, a series that looks at the diverse impacts of living with chronic illness.

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 the following pitches for Spring 2019:

  • Features tracking trends and themes throughout pop culture and entertainment tied to timely news or TV/movie events.
  • Reported entertainment pieces talking to experts, first-person sources, etc.
  • Identity essays based on timely entertainment topics.
  • Features for our Let's Take It From The Top series, which are dives deep into the most beloved products, shows, movies, and memorable pop culture phenomena of our times.

We are currently accepting pitches for Pride Month (June):

  • Essays, trend pieces, and reported features celebrating the intersection of the queer identity and entertainment.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Entertainment watch lists

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 Samantha 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:

  • Fashion and/or beauty-related reported features or personal essays tied to the news of the day, to be filed same-day
  • 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
  • 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:

Contact:

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 are not currently accepting new pitches for:

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact:

For timely news and politics op-ed pitches, Senior Editor Celia Darrough: celia+pitches@bustle.com