Want to write for Grist? Our independent, online publication covers stories that are essential to fighting climate change and achieving a more sustainable future. Core topics include clean energy, sustainable food, environmental justice, livable cities, and a zero-carbon economy. We’re particularly interested in stories that focus on solutions and social justice.

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:

Opinions

Grist will consider columns and commentary on topics related to sustainability, solutions, and social justice. We’re always looking for new voices and fresh, surprising perspectives (bonus points if you’re funny).

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 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 (probably sooner) if we plan to publish your column.

Reporting

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

We’re looking for well written and thought-provoking pieces with big impact that will be read and widely shared. The ideal Grist story is smart and well informed, providing context, delight, and insight. Not self-righteous, scolding, or preaching to the choir.

We’re interested in a wide range of original reporting, from investigative journalism to whip-smart news analysis to insightful profiles of key figures in sustainability and social justice. We also consider video storytelling, data visualizations, and other forms of multimedia.

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

If you haven’t pitched journalism outlets much, we highly recommend perusing the advice from the seasoned freelancers behind The Science Writers’ Handbook to help you get started. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your interest in writing for Grist.

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, critters, 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).