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 generally accept the following pitches:

  • First-person essays about literature and identity pieces
  • Reported pieces with a minimum of three sources
  • Tightly-angled interviews with authors
  • I'm So Jealous pieces, tied to books

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

We do not accept pitches for:

  • Reading lists
  • Reviews

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

Contact, for books pitches *only*: cristina+pitches@bustle.com

LIFESTYLE

We generally accept the following types of pitches:

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

We also accept pitches for potential inclusion in 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:

ENTERTAINMENT

We generally accept the following pitches:

  • 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.

We are not currently accepting pitches for:

  • Entertainment watch lists
  • Guest columns

Examples of past freelance stories that have appeared on Bustle:

FASHION & BEAUTY

Bustle is not currently accepting fashion or beauty freelance pitches.