Starting in the January 2017 Writer’s Digest, the Standout Markets column now includes online-exclusive opportunities alongside our trio of book publishers, literary journals and magazine markets. Freelance writers will be happy to learn about our inaugural web-friendly market: Narratively.
ABOUT: “Narratively is a digital publication that prides itself on looking beyond the news headlines and click-bait, focusing instead on ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Our talented storytellers come with the passion projects they care about most—having combed our world’s big cities and hidden corners for the characters and narratives that mainstream media aren’t finding—the overlooked tales that enlighten us, connect us and capture our imagination.”
WHAT STANDS OUT AND WHY: Recently honored by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the “Best Experiments in Journalism,” Narratively distinguishes itself in a format largely shunned by other online-only publications: longform. Whether a 2,000-word personal essay or a 4,000-word investigative piece, this 100-percent freelance written website ensures “every story and storyteller is awarded the space and time needed to have an impact.” The focus on solid storytelling, no matter the length, has paid off for Narratively—and its writers—with accolades that include a 2014 New York Press Club award in Feature Reporting, and The Best Writing (Editorial) Webby Award in both 2014 and 2015.
FOUNDED: 2012. TRAFFIC: 475,000 monthly visitors. PAYMENT: Up to $300 for features, $100 for shorter stories. LENGTH: Varies—up to 4,000 words for reported or first-person stories. RECURRING SERIES: Ordinary Obituaries, Humans Behind the Headlines, The Naked Truth, Secret Lives. HOW TO SUBMIT: Submit pitches or completed stories via narratively.submittable.com/submit. DETAILED GUIDELINES: narrative.ly/contribute.
Tyler Moss is the managing editor of Writer’s Digest. Follow him on Twitter @tjmoss11.