Hi! Welcome to Bustle's submissions manager. Please do not send press releases here; those can go to pitches@bustle.com.

Bustle only accepts full drafts of stories that are a good potential fit for Bustle based on content we've run in the past. We ask that all contributors please be familiar both with Bustle's content and voice, as well as our pitch guidelines before submitting. 

Please submit your piece to one of the categories below and be sure to read the submission details as they differ depending on the category. All submissions should include BOTH an attachment of your piece AS WELL AS your piece pasted into submission box.

We'll try to respond to all submissions within 3-4 weeks (and usually faster if it's a story tied to a breaking news event). Occasionally, response times may vary, but all submissions will receive a response. 

PLEASE NOTE: We are not currently accepting sex/relationships pitches and other evergreen lifestyle features. We will open the categories back up in late April. 

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

Bustle is looking for both originally reported stories and personal essays pegged to politics and current events. We welcome both domestic and international-focused topics. 

In your pitch, please provide a sentence or two of background on the topic and, most importantly, a clear angle. 

For originally reported pieces, please list which experts, groups, and or/people you plan to interview. For essays, we prefer to see a full draft for consideration. 
Completed pieces are preferred over pitches whenever possible.

Bustle's Books section is looking for identity pieces and personal essays tied to literary fiction, genre fiction, young adult, and nonfiction books.

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

Please read Bustle Books 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. You don't need to submit a full-draft of the piece, but your pitch should be well-developed. If you have previously writing experience, please include links to your work. 
Bustle's Entertainment section is currently looking for unique pitches focusing on issues of feminism, diversity, and the ways in which politics intersect with mainstream pop culture. These pitches can focus on upcoming films, TV storylines, and entertainment events, as well as trends within Entertainment. We're specifically looking for reported features, research heavy essays, & personal essays, but will accept the occasional exhaustive or unique list.

On occasion, we may be looking for immediate, timely pitches for essays or reported features pegged to huge entertainment news events on the level of Beyonce suddenly dropping Lemonade on HBO or Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie getting divorced. 

To pitch: Please include your full name as used in bylines, a 1-2 sentence summary of your pitch, other outlets you've written for, and any relevant links (personal website, recent clips, etc.) While not required, full drafts are preferred.

Bustle's Fashion & Beauty department is looking for well-developed pitches for reported features and personal essays from unique perspectives. Please do not submit via Submittable; Instead, please email amanda@bustle.com with a PITCH or FULL SUBMISSION. Subject line should be "PITCH: HEADLINE" or "SUBMISSION: HEADLINE."

If you've got a compelling story to tell, or would like to pitch an idea for a feature on a marginalized/overlooked community from a fashion and beauty angle, let us know. Particularly interested in POC/LGBTQ/plus-size/body positive perspectives and writers with intersectional identities.

Once again, pitches and submissions should be sent to amanda@bustle.comSubject line should be "PITCH: HEADLINE" or "SUBMISSION: HEADLINE."

Generally, motherhood and parenting pitches are a better fit for Romper.com, Bustle's sister site for millennial mothers. To submit your pitch there, please email your completed submission to pitches@romper.com. Romper DOES NOT use this system and will not read your submission if sent here. Please find details on Romper pitches and submissions here

If your submission is a better fit for Bustle, please submit to another department such as personal essays. In your note about your piece, please tell us why it's a good fit for Bustle and include examples of past work.

If you submit to this category, you will not hear back from us!

Please do not submit the same piece to both Romper and Bustle. 
Bustle is looking for well-developed personal essays for our Lifestyle vertical on the subjects of sex, relationships, gender, health, and more. We strongly prefer to receive completed manuscripts to pitches. The best personal essays for Bustle tend to be between 800 and 2,000 words, and a tell strong, intimate narrative with a distinctive voice that is authoritative yet still fun and accessible for Bustle's audience. Please take a peek at the stuff we've run in the past before submitting.