Want to write for Grist? We’re an independent online publication covering climate and sustainability. Our core topics include clean energy, sustainable food, environmental justice, livable cities, and reinventing the economy.

We’re particularly interested in stories that focus on solutions, equity, and empowerment — or, as we like to describe it, a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

Think you’ve got an idea that fits the bill? We’ll take a look! Right now we’re open to the following types of queries:


Grist provides a forum for green advocates, influencers, and diverse voices that need to be heard. We will consider columns and commentary about current events and ongoing concerns related to our core topics. We’re always looking for new voices and fresh, surprising perspectives (bonus points if you’re funny). Here’s what we’ve published recently in our opinion section.

All submissions must be original and not previously published elsewhere. Maximum length is 1,000 words.

To offer pieces for consideration, please email them to our our opinions editor with “op-ed submission” in the subject line. Due to high volume, we can’t respond to each submission immediately, but you will hear from us within a week or so if we plan to publish your column.


Most of our work is staff written. As a nonprofit, we don’t have a huge contributor budget. That means we don’t accept a lot of freelance reporting pitches — just the exceptional ones.

We’re looking for well-written, thought-provoking pieces with the potential for big impact. (Here are some examples.) The ideal Grist feature is smart and deeply informed, providing our audience with context, delight, and insight. We also consider video storytelling, data visualizations, and other forms of multimedia.

These stories are paid at negotiated rates (though remember, we’re a nonprofit, so we ain’t shelling out Vanity Fair money over here). Please email pitches to our editorial team along with links to writing samples, or contact the appropriate topic editor directly. Here’s a staff list.

Don’t Bother

Here are some things we’re not interested in: fiction, poetry (we like those two things, we just don’t publish them), travel narratives (yes, even that awesome new eco-resort you’re just dying to visit), meditations on nature, puff pieces, stories of interest only to a local audience, the guaranteed-to-save-the-world gadget you’re promoting on Kickstarter, or anything at all that you’re trying to sell on Earth Day (unless you want us to mock you mercilessly — we do that sort of thing).