Submissions

**As of July 15, 2017, Upwrite is closed to submissions. Stay tuned for more information!**

More than a magazine, Upwrite seeks to be a community of writers and readers looking for hope in culture. We would love to feature your voice! 

We love smart stories that make us laugh--pieces that pinpoint an intersection rather than simply tally statistics. We're looking for writers that ground ethereal ideas with vivid imagery (or a screenshot or two), and we want to read work that showcases your message, your manner, and your medium from the place you're in, right now.

Clear-eyed, grounded reporting, essays that highlight hope in pop culture, social media, and current events, and writing that focuses on the craft and essence of being a creative person are all pretty much guaranteed to pique our interest. Any pitch that mentions the zeitgeist, DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, Makoto Fujimura, or confessional poetry will also likely be a winner.

Please note: our only real requirement is thoughtful writing with a hopeful ending. If it doesn't illuminate truth, goodness, or beauty, it's probably not for us. Also, keep in mind that Upwrite Magazine is not the place to talk about the dcTalk cruise, or to write about that thing you did that made you a better mom (we've already engaged in that conversation). Unless you're being clever. Then, by all means. 

Into it so far? Here are some ideas:

Upwrite's Columns

  • How to Really:  A how-to column that's equal parts soul ministry and practical advice on real things, "How to Really" acknowledges the hard stuff without diminishing truth and calls forth hope without diminishing the crappy stuff-- i.e. "How to Really Make It Through Your First Year of Marriage" or "How To Really Pitch an Article to The Atlantic."
  • In Defense of: This is your chance to finally pen the manifesto that's been brewing since 2008. What do you love, and why should we love it, too? 
  • On-Call Millennial: An examination of millennial culture that siphons the sacred from "secular" artifacts we treasure--i.e. how you saw truth in the new Wes Anderson movie, today's Snapchat filter, the Ramen pop-up down the street, or, the finest relic of our time, an ice-cold can of LaCroix.
  • Open Letters: We get it. Enough with the open letters already. Except write satirical ones and send them to us. (Note: by satirical we don't mean hurtful. We just mean tongue-in-cheek.) The difference between the open letters you see on the internet and ours? A response. That's right. The thing written to, inanimate or not, gets a voice and a chance to defend its existence. Hope on.
  • Meme Come True: Our designated humor column. Send us your satire, your sarcasm, your snark. We want it all--as long as your humor purveys hope. (It's possible; we promise.)
  • Hope Index: Funny or not-funny listicles about anything that stirs your soul and reminds you why it's good to be human. Could be as witty and esoteric as "10 Writing Workshops For Your Toddler" or as literary as "7 Novels To Engage Your Heart and Mind." We publish a weekly link round up under Hope Index, too.
  • Craft Care: Advice, insights, or vignettes that nurture creativity of all kinds. 
  • Themed Features:  Any essay that examines culture through a hopeful filter. Pick your poison.

How to Pitch

Upwrite prefers pithy, engaging story ideas that demonstrate a tone, an angle, and a loose structure for proposed pieces. Most of the time, we like pitches between 150-300 words rather than full articles. If you're thinking you might send us a piece you've written already, please ask before you submit it, and don't send us anything over 2,000 word. All prior instances of publication must be disclosed at time of submission.  If you have links to other published writing, or a personal blog, feel free to send that information along with your pitch. Any story ideas should be emailed to upwritemagazine [at] gmail.com. 

We make every effort to respond to each pitch within one week, but please keep in mind that we are just two sleep-deprived humans with a couple past due bills (won't get specific). We occasionally might miss an opportunity to be as personal as we'd like to be with every pitch response. 

Upwrite's editors are some genuinely interested and enthusiastic people that want to hear your ideas, but we will not be publishing pieces that entice readers with controversy, negativity, and scorn (i.e.: clickbait). We're dedicated to maintaining a website and community where readers are not simply commodities with smartphones.

We're just having fun with it! And if you're writing for us, you should be, too.  

Payment

As of November 1, 2016, Upwrite Magazine will offer payment for "feature" pieces. A feature is 800-1000 words and takes on a particular cultural topic with Upwrite's signature tone of conscience, candor, and humor. Features must be pre-approved through the pitching process, and payment will be due to the writer at the time the piece is published. You may notice that there are no ads on the website, and besides some Amazon affiliate links throughout the site, there is no method of monetizing Upwrite at this time. That's because we're paying our writers out of our own pockets. We believe that good work should be compensated with cash whenever possible. We still encourage pitches for our columns listed above, but since our funds are (seriously) limited at this point, so we can't pay for those yet. 

*As of March 2017, we are not currently accepting pitches for paid features, which makes us very sad! If you have a feature idea you want to submit, feel free to send it with the understanding we're unable to compensate financially at this time. Stay tuned as we seek funding!