As I mentioned earlier, we’re going to be publishing two longform pieces a month going forward. A few we’ll do in-house. But mainly we’ll commission them from freelancers or outside writers. We’ve got a couple more in the pipeline. But we’re also very open to pitches. Just shoot us a line at our main email address up top with the subject line “Longform Pitch.”
We’re interested in a wide variety of pieces. They very much do not have to be in the standard TPM groove of politics and muckraking. We’re looking for magazine-ish length pieces – from 2000 to 5000 words. We generally want them to be meaty and reported as opposed to policy analysis or prescriptive pieces. Mainly we’re looking for pieces on fascinating and/or important topics that dig into their subject matter and tell us things we didn’t know.
Notwithstanding these guidelines, we’re looking to experiment. I have one conversation/potential assignment that would be something like an article length version of a graphic novel. So we’re open to a lot of different ideas as long as they provide quality, thought-provoking reads for our subscribers.
Various topics I’m interested in – domestic drone use, the rise of domestic armed contractors/paramilitaries, good on the ground reporting from conflict zones (just not somewhere you’re likely to get killed – I’ve got enough weighing on me), enterprise investigative pieces on public corruption (just not the boring stuff), fresh takes on technology and how its changing society and culture, the hows and whys and whats of American political consultants working overseas (have always wanted to write or read that piece), profiles of people I’m actually interested in learning something about (more restrictive than it sounds) and a whole lot of other things.
We can pay reasonable though by no means lavish amounts for good pieces.