Hi! Welcome to Bustle Digital Group's submissions manager. 

We accept pitches that are a good potential fit based on content we've run in the past. We ask that all contributors please be familiar both with BDG's content and voice, as well as our pitch guidelines before submitting. We are currently accepting pitches for Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily, but please read through the submission instructions found below. 

Thanks! We're looking forward to reading your work.
The Editors

To pitch, follow the instructions below and email our Senior Features Editor, Caitlin Abber. Caitlin's email is available in her Twitter bio.

When sending to the appropriate editor listed, please use the subject line PITCH:TOPIC or HEADLINE. Depending on your type of submission, please include the following: a few sentences about the main focus of your story, a brief outline including potential sources, whether or not you have connected with your subject thus far (for profiles), your plan for images, and links to relevant clips.

Full drafts will not be accepted unless otherwise listed.

We are looking for:

  • Reported pieces with 3-4 original sources (at least 1200 words).

  • Original takes on breaking news or cultural trends.

  • Personal essays that will make news.

  • Stories that take us outside of NYC, focus on an issue the media isn't covering, and represent the Bustle values of feminism, inclusion, and equality.

We accept pitches on a rolling basis. Your pitch should include:

  • A few sentences describing your piece.

  • A sentence or clips illustrating why you're the best person to write the piece.

  • Who you would reach out to for quotes/experts/"real people," etc.

  • How fast you can turn the piece around.

  • Your rate for the piece.


RECENT SAMPLES INCLUDE:

Reported (Politics and Current Events)

Defunding Planned Parenthood For One Year Could Hurt You For The Rest Of Your Life

Transgender Soldiers Explain Why Trump's Military Ban Is A 'Disgusting Political Move'

Here's How Justine Damond Would've Been Treated If She Were Black, According To Experts

Before LGBTQ Pride Went Corporate, It Was About Radical Activism & We Should Never Forget That

How Can News Stories Discuss The Lives Of People With Disabilities Without Talking To Us?

The Radical Way Women Running For Office Are Being Trained To Fight Sexism In Trump's America


Reported (Pop Culture)

Is 'To The Bone' An Accurate Portrayal Of Life With An Eating Disorder? Experts Explain

Why Are There So Few Women With Autism On TV?


Reported (Health and Lifestyle)

This Is Why Personalized Cancer Vaccines Will Help Change Women's Health

Will Turning On Snap Map Put You At Risk?

Should We Be Worried About Sex Robots?


Commentary

Hating Trump Doesn't Make A Man A Feminist

People Who Have Had Abortions Will Not Be Ignored By The Democratic Party

What Kamala Harris' Critics Don't Understand About Female Politicians

The Hard Truth That Good White People Need To Hear About Charlottesville


Personal

How Donald Trump Drastically Changed My Wedding Plans

I Grew Up In Charlottesville And Racism Has Always Lived Next Door

https://www.bustle.com/p/growing-up-black-in-america-will-make-you-question-the-4th-of-july-67838


Profile

Dancer Emma Portner Is Racking Up Instagram Fans As She Leaps Over Gender Norms

How Vietnamese Pop Star Mai Khoi Found Her Political Voice & Was Silenced By Her Government


To pitch: email michelle@bustle.com for pitches with a sex & relationships focus or melanie.mignucci@bustle.com for pitches with a social justice or mental health focus, with a PITCH OR FULL SUBMISSION. Subject line should be "PITCH: HEADLINE" or "SUBMISSION: HEADLINE."

Bustle’s lifestyle section is looking for reported essays, personal essays, or editorials, inspired by the following topics: women’s health and mental health, sex & relationships, LGBTQ issues, social justice, and more. We are especially looking for POC/LGBTQ perspectives.

RECENT EXAMPLES INCLUDE:

Social Justice

How LGBTQ Mormons Balance Their Faith & Their Sexuality 

How Virtual Sex Work Empowers People With Disabilities 

Why White Latinx People Need To Be Better Allies To Latinx People Of Color


Sex/Relationships

I Had An Orgasm Makeover At A Masturbation Pop-Up Shop For Women

Here's What No One Tells You About What It's Really Like To Be A Surrogate

Here's What Porn Addiction Does To Your Brain — And How To Recover

What Nobody Talks About When They Talk About Consent

5 Things You Learn When You Date Someone Who Identifies as Genderqueer

To submit TV pitches, email samantha.rollins@bustle.com. Please hold off on sending any entertainment news pitches. 

When sending to the appropriate editor listed, please use the subject line PITCH:TOPIC or HEADLINE. Depending on your type of submission, please include the following: a few sentences about the main focus of your story, a brief outline including potential sources, whether or not you have connected with your subject thus far (for profiles), your plan for images, and links to relevant clips.

Full drafts will not be accepted unless otherwise listed.

TV

Bustle's TV Section is seeking pitches about all aspects of television, but particularly how it relates to ideas about feminism, diversity, LGBTQ issues, and beyond. A successful pitch, be it a think piece, personal essay, or reported feature, is one that brings vital nuance to a popular TV show or shines light on a larger discussion taking place on screen. If you have a unique perspective on a TV show, we'd love to hear it.

RECENT SAMPLES INCLUDE:

When pitching, please use the subject line PITCH:TOPIC or HEADLINE. Depending on your type of submission, please include the following: a few sentences about the main focus of your story, a brief outline including potential sources, whether or not you have connected with your subject thus far (for profiles), your plan for images, and links to relevant clips.  Please also include your standard rate for the type of article you're pitching.

Full drafts will not be accepted unless otherwise listed.

Please send all pitches to amanda@bustle.com

We look for:

EXPERIMENTS
Are you interested and willing to try out the latest and craziest beauty/fashion trend or celebrity obsession? We're looking for writers who can test out a product or trend and document their experience with great original photos and thoughtful, engaging copy. 
Examples:
I Tried Eyebrow Microblading & I Am Never Going Back

I'm A Plus Size Woman Who Wore A Low Rise Bikini To The Beach

PROFILES
We're looking for original profiles on subjects in the beauty or fashion industries with an interesting angle that can be pegged to something timely or evergreen.
Examples:
Tarriona "Tank" Ball Lost Her Wardrobe After Hurricane Katrina, But What She Found Changed Her Style For Life

Why Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Wants You To Say Nice Things To Your Hair

REACTIONS
Got an idea for a deep dive on a fashion or beauty trend, either in history or happening today? Want to report on something relevant to feminism, intersectionality, or inclusivity in fashion or beauty? Have a hot take or personal reaction to something happening either of those industries right now? We want to hear it!
Examples:
If Claire’s Closes Its Doors, Please Leave Me Inside

Can Everyone Please STFU & Let Me Enjoy My Skin Care Routine

ESSAYS
If you have a personal essay idea about how beauty or fashion standards (or in practice in your everyday life) have influenced your perspective, we want to hear it. Also feel free to pitch personal essays about life experiences related to fashion or beauty.
Examples:
I Always Thought I Hated Jeans, But It Was Really About The Size On The Tag

How To Get Ready For Your Best Friend's Funeral

FEATURES
If you have a pitch for a long form feature on topics related to feminism, intersectionality, or inclusivity in fashion or beauty, we want to hear it.
Examples:
Meet The People Making Queer Folks Feel Safer In The Salon Chair

How 16 Hijabi Women Use Makeup To Express Themselves

To pitch: Email our Senior Features Editor, Janet Manley, via janet.manley@bustle.com.

When sending to the appropriate editor listed, please use the subject line PITCH:TOPIC or HEADLINE. Depending on your type of submission, please include the following: a few sentences about the main focus of your story, a brief outline including potential sources, whether or not you have connected with your subject thus far (for profiles), your plan for images, and links to relevant clips.

Full drafts will not be accepted unless otherwise listed.

Romper is seeking the following feature pitches:

  • Reported pieces with 3-4 original sources (at least 1200 words)
  • Original takes on breaking news or cultural trends
  • Personal essays that will make news
  • Stories that take us outside of NYC, focus on an issue the media isn't covering, give a name to a specific feeling that parenthood brings, and represent the Romper values of feminism, inclusion, and equality.

What makes a great Romper story?

  • A nonfiction piece should still feel like a story, and put us in a certain time and place.
  • A piece that finds complex shades of emotion beyond joy/depression.

We accept pitches on a rolling basis. Your pitch should include:

  • A few sentences describing your piece
  • A sentence or clips illustrating why you're the best person to write the piece
  • Who you would reach out to for quotes/experts/"real people," etc
  • How fast you can turn the piece around
  • Your rate for the piece

RECENT EXAMPLES INCLUDE:

Reported

These Hospitals Are Doing Amazing Things For Parents Suffering Infant Loss

Trying For A Baby After Cancer: Young Women Deal With Their Hopes For A Family

Yes, Postpartum Anxiety Is Terrifying, But You Don't Have To Endure It With Teeth Gritted

Support Through The Long, Dark Night For Families At This Live-In Sleep Clinic In Australia

Commentary

Dear Mayim: Beauty Doesn't Invite Sexual Abuse, & Modesty Won't Save You From It Either

Dear Mothers Of The Accused: This Is Not The Way

Joking About The "Daddy Stitch" After Childbirth Is Freakin' Gross

I'm So Over Momspiration

Profile

Jessica Biel’s Views On Parenting Will Make You Go “Same”

Personal

I Thought My Water Broke, But, *Spoiler,* I Had Just Peed Myself

I Had My Daughter’s Astrological Chart Read, & It Was A Huge Relief

I Had Sex With Oversupply, & It Got Weird

Experiments

I Tried Gummy Vitamins To Fix My Postpartum Hair Loss & They Were Basically Magic

I Tried A Breastfeeding Bodysuit, & I Learned Something Important About Physics

Trend

Why Are Millennial Women So Obsessed With Target?
Tiny-Home Families Are Hacking Your Biggest Parenting Anxieties & #Winning

The Extended Rear-Facing Car Seat Movement Is Looking At You

Humor

Ivanka Trump’s Book About Working Women, Edited By A Woman Who Works

My Super-Honest Very Accurate Birth Plan

Boom, Ghosted is a weekly column of ghosting horror stories. Each week, we share a story from a reader about a time they were ghosted, complete with a screenshot of the last text(s) the reader sent to the ghoster before they disappeared forever. We've heard from people who've been ghosted on New Year's Eve after a romantic dinner, by a boyfriend of five years during a vacation, by someone who lied about being on the run from the cops, and tons, tons more!

If you'd like to be featured in Boom, Ghosted, please submit a screenshot of the last text you ever sent to your ghoster here or email it to boomghosted@elitedaily.com, along with the story of your relationship and what happened before they ghosted.
Elite Daily's entertainment section is looking for drafts of identity pieces and personal essays tied to top-trending TV shows such as This Is Us, The Bachelor, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

We are not currently seeking show recaps, list ideas, or interviews from freelance contributors. We do not accept publicity pitches or guest posts through Submittable.

Please read Elite Daily's entertainment section to get a feel for the content and voice of the vertical, and please search to make sure we haven't covered the topic before. Please include a draft or detailed outline of the article. If you have previous writing experience, please include links to your work.

General Elite Daily Guidelines:
  • Elite Daily is looking for fully-developed pitches, and in some cases, full drafts that could be a good fit for the site based on tone and content we've run in the past. Full drafts will be requested before a pitch is accepted. All writers should be familiar with Elite Daily's content and voice before submitting.
  • Please do not send press releases or sponsored content pitches here; those can go to info@elitedaily.com.
  • All submissions should include a potential headline and article summary. If you have previously published clips, a website, or a portfolio, please link to them where indicated.
Elite Daily's Life section is looking for identity and/or identity politics pieces that use storytelling to offer a new perspective to our readers. These pieces can be tied to trending news pegs (for example, how AHCA affects you as a ___ living in ___), or evergreen personal essays involving anything identity-related.

Please submit a headline and angle for the piece, along with links to any published writing samples. Your pitch should be well-developed and full drafts will be requested before a pitch is accepted.

General Elite Daily Guidelines:
  • Elite Daily is looking for fully-developed pitches, and in some cases, full drafts that could be a good fit for the site based on tone and content we've run in the past. Full drafts will be requested before a pitch is accepted. All writers should be familiar with Elite Daily's content and voice before submitting.
  • Please do not send press releases or sponsored content pitches here; those can go to info@elitedaily.com.
  • All submissions should include a potential headline and article summary. If you have previously published clips, a website, or a portfolio, please link to them where indicated.

Elite Daily's Politics section is looking for personal essays related to ongoing news stories and original reported pieces. These can be a way a law affects you, an underreported story in your community, or anything in between. 


We are not seeking straightforward pieces on national news. We do not accept publicity pitches or guest posts through Submittable.


Please read Elite Daily's news coverage to get a feel for the content and voice of the section, and please search to make sure we haven't covered the topic before. If you have previous writing experience, please include links to your work. Your pitch should be well-developed and full drafts will be requested before a pitch is accepted.

General Elite Daily Guidelines:

  • Elite Daily is looking for fully-developed pitches, and in some cases, full drafts that could be a good fit for the site based on tone and content we've run in the past. Full drafts will be requested before a pitch is accepted. All writers should be familiar with Elite Daily's content and voice before submitting.
  • Please do not send press releases or sponsored content pitches here; those can go to info@elitedaily.com.
  • All submissions should include a potential headline and article summary. If you have previously published clips, a website, or a portfolio, please link to them where indicated.
  • If you are seeking a part-time writing position, you can find all of our current job listings here: https://jobs.lever.co/bustle.