Submit a story idea
Hello! We’re Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. We live to elevate and amplify the many people leading us toward a clean, green, just future, and the big ideas that spark our imaginations about what that future could look like.
We are always looking for insightful work from smart writers eager to join us in creating a new narrative of what’s possible through engaging, solutions-oriented, future-looking stories. We’re partial to conversational writing that takes a curious and empathic approach to exclusive and timely stories. We also prize reporting that features underrepresented voices and perspectives from vulnerable communities.
Fix will consider a wide range of freelance pitches, from reported features and personal essays to profiles and Q&As with leaders in the field. We’re especially interested in how topics like arts and culture, farming, technology, and justice intersect with climate change.
We encourage story ideas tailored to our editorial calendar. Upcoming themes for our digital magazine include:
- The Joy Issue (July 2022; pitches accepted on a rolling basis through May 4): Most climate leaders we’ve spoken to say joy is essential to how and why they do their work. It keeps them going, and sustains their passion. This issue will explore joy’s impact on efforts to spur change. We’ll look at how joy is indispensable in the fight to solve the climate crisis, and how people find it within climate and environmental justice work. Our feature stories, Q&A interviews, and reported essays will examine how public expressions of joy can be a form of protest, the effects of joy on mind and body, the climate impacts of what we do for fun, and more.
Think you’ve got an idea that fits the bill? Email pitches and links to a few writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll hear back from us in a week or two if we’re interested.
Submit an opinion or essay
We also welcome submissions for guest opinions and essays on climate solutions and paths to a sustainable, equitable climate future.
The best pieces are focused on one specific issue, written by someone with relevant professional expertise and/or a personal connection to that issue, and favor specific, concrete solutions over broad goals.
Send your draft of approximately 800 words to email@example.com. Here are a few tips to get our editors’ attention:
- Briefly introduce yourself, offer your credentials/connection to the topic, and tell us in a sentence what you’re arguing and why it matters.
- Make sure your draft contains a clear, specific argument backed up with data-driven evidence and real-world examples and anecdotes that help your idea resonate.
- Write with an authentic voice, be conversational, and avoid jargon. Explain your argument as you would in person.
- Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect! We’ve got editors to help with that.
The best way to get a feel for a great Fix opinion essay is to look at what we’ve run in the past. Here are a few examples:
- Acknowledging Indigenous land is the first step in taking better care of it
- As a Black climate activist, racism gets in my way
- Bills banning critical race theory also threaten climate education
We assume that submissions are exclusive to Fix. If we’re interested, we generally respond within a week. Feel free to follow up after that.