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

We accepts 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.

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

To submit TV pitches, email samantha.rollins@bustle.com. To submit entertainment news pitches, email kerensa.cadenas@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.

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:

To pitch: email michelle@bustle.com for pitches with a sex & relationships focus or melanie.mignucci@bustle.com for pitches with a social justice 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 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, please submit through via Submittable. 

With your pitch, please include: three potential headlines, a one-line summary of your main point, an approximate total word count, and the date you'd be able to write it by. You should also include your email address and a brief summary of your professional background.

When pitching, please keep in mind:

— We already have a full team of part-time writers who work on stories related to the daily news, so your pitch should have a little something "extra."

— If you do not receive a response, please do not re-submit your pitch. We'll be in touch if your pitch is a good fit.

Please do not pitch anything other than op-eds.


RECENT SAMPLES INCLUDE:

To pitch: Email the appropriate editor listed below.

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.

BEAUTY

Experiments

Are you interested and willing to try out the latest and craziest beauty trend or celebrity obsession? I'm looking for writers who can test out a product or trend and document their experience with great original photos and thoughtful, engaging copy. Please submit pitches to olivia@bustle.com.

Examples:

I Tried Eyebrow Microblading & I Am Never Going Back

I Tried Khloe Kardashian's Nightly Beauty Routine For A Week

Service Stories

Writers who are passionate about beauty and in tune with what's newsy and trending should pitch creative, engaging, and informative stories that can offer some sort of service to the reader. Original reporting and sources required; a unique perspective on the task at hand is encouraged. Topics can be anything from a guide to protective hairstyles to a list of the best beauty hacks from the industry's most popular makeup artists. Please submit pitches to sara@bustle.com.

Examples:

17 Hair Products For Protective Styles

10 Makeup Artists Of Color On Their Favorite Brands For WOC

How To Add A Brush Cleaner To Your Makeup Palette

Profiles

We're looking for original profiles on subjects in the beauty industry with an interesting angle that can be pegged to something timely or evergreen. Also interesting profiles on non-beauty people who can be interviewed about the beauty industry, or how beauty has influenced their lives. Please submit pitches to amanda@bustle.com.

Example:

Tess Holliday on Fame, Feminism, & The Not So Subtle Art Of Being Fat

Features

We're always looking for deep dive, reported features on beauty trends both past and present, written in a way that's relatable and engaging. We're also interested in features on anything newsy happening in the beauty realm that focuses on identity. Please submit pitches to olivia@bustle.com.

Examples:

The History Of Red Lipstick, From Ancient Egypt To Taylor Swift

35 Photos Of Men Wearing Makeup, Because Beauty Is For Everyone

Dear People Who Think Caring About Fashion & Beauty Is Trivial Right Now

Essays

If you have a personal essay idea about how beauty standards (or beauty in practice in your everyday life) have influenced your perspective, I want to hear it! Please submit a FULL DRAFT to amanda@bustle.com.

Examples:

How To Get A Revenge Body

I’m The Most Beautiful Woman In The World

How Eyeliner Defines My Womanhood

Original Reporting

If you have a pitch for long form reporting on topics related to feminism, intersectionality, or inclusivity in beauty, we want to hear it. Please submit pitches to amanda@bustle.com.

Examples:

Meet The People Making Queer Folks Feel Safer In The Salon Chair

Plus Size Models On Why We Should Be Hopeful About The Future Of Beauty Campaigns

Fashion

Experiments

Are you interested and willing to try out the latest and craziest fashion trend? We're looking for writers who can test out a look or trend and document their experience with great original photos and thoughtful, engaging copy. Please submit pitches to sara@bustle.com

Examples:

I Wore Kendall Jenner's Ankle Wrap Shorts To A Bar

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

I Wore Steve Madden Stretchy Slides For A Week

Service Stories

Writers who are passionate about fashion and in tune with what's newsy and trending should pitch creative, engaging, and informative stories that can offer some sort of service to the reader. Original reporting and sources required; a unique perspective on the task at hand is encouraged. Please submit pitches to sara@bustle.com.

Examples:

How To Break In A Leather Jacket In Time For Fall

What Is Sustainable Fashion & Why Is It So Expensive?

Profiles

If you have an original profile idea about a subject in the fashion industry, or a non-fashion person who speaks about fashion and its influence on their lives, we want to hear it! Please submit pitches to amanda@bustle.com.

Example: Tarriona "Tank" Ball Lost Her Wardrobe After Hurricane Katrina, But What She Found Changed Her Style For Life

Features

Got an idea for a deep dive on a fashion trend, either in history or happening today? Want to report on something relevant to feminism, intersectionality, or inclusivity in fashion? Have a hot take or personal reaction to something happening in the fashion world right now? Please submit pitches to olivia@bustle.com.

Examples:

Why Black Stretchy Pants Are So Much More Important Than Kellyanne Conway Thinks

The History Of the Sports Bra Is Surprisingly Feminist

Can We All STFU About Men’s Chokers?

Essays

If you have a personal essay about how the fashion industry, or how fashion practice has influenced your perspective on the world, send it our way! Please submit a FULL DRAFT to amanda@bustle.com.

Examples:

Please Stop Telling Me To Wear Contacts To My Wedding

How Bralettes Helped Me Love My Big, Saggy Boobs

Original Reporting

If you have a pitch for long form reporting on topics related to feminism, intersectionality, or inclusivity in fashion, we want to hear it. Please submit a brief pitch, along with your plan for sourcing, original interviews, and photos to amanda@bustle.com.

Examples:

Why Disability Is The Latest Fashion Industry Frontier

Here's What It Looks Like When A Brand Actually Makes Lingerie For Diverse Bodies

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