Click here to view our recent calls for submissions. To join our volunteer staff, click here.
We are looking for writers and artists who can contribute original pieces in the following areas:
News: profiles, interviews, and reportage;
Commentary: personal essays, op-eds, and travel writing;
Art: photo essays, artwork, videos, and multimedia projects;
Cultural criticism: essays and reviews of books, film, music, and art.
Written articles are typically in the range of 1,000 to 4,000 words. Photo essays generally feature five to twenty photographs. We will consider other pieces in special circumstances.
We prefer pieces with a strong connection to the magazine’s themes of understanding other people, encouraging tolerance, and defying categories and conventions. Review essays must concern works of relevance to the magazine’s themes and discuss those issues at length.
We normally do not republish work that has appeared elsewhere, online or in print. Please let us know if the proposed article (or a portion of it) has been published somewhere else in any other form. We automatically discard simultaneous submissions.
In The Fray is a small nonprofit organization, and our funding comes almost entirely from individual donors. We pay an honorarium for each piece in the following ranges:
Cultural criticism: $20-30
Art/photos accompanying articles: up to $30 per article
Payment is made by PayPal in any of the currencies that PayPal supports. You are responsible for any fees charged, such as PayPal transaction fees.
In The Fray magazine considers all pieces on spec, except for rare exceptions. This means that even if you have submitted multiple drafts, we will not guarantee payment unless the Editor in Chief signs off on the piece’s publication.
By submitting your work to In The Fray, you temporarily grant us exclusive first Electronic Publishing Rights in the English Language for a sixty-day period, beginning on the date of publication. If another publication wishes to republish the piece before that date, they will need to obtain the permission of In The Fray. Any payment for republication in the first sixty days will be split fifty-fifty between In The Fray and the contributor. Sixty days after publication, you are free to publish your piece elsewhere, in print or online, and to keep any money you make from republication. However, we request that you credit In The Fray magazine as the original publisher of the article and let us know where it is being republished. We retain the right to keep your work on our site indefinitely, and also to publish excerpts of your work in our email newsletters and on our social networking sites.
Please be aware that we do not honor requests to remove your content from our site after publication, so please think twice about whether you want your writing to be accessible on the Internet.
THE SUBMISSION PROCESS
Please send queries to the email addresses listed below:
If you’re not sure whom to email, you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOINING OUR CONTRIBUTOR LISTS AND UPDATING YOUR INFORMATION ON FILE
At times we may need someone to write a piece or contribute photography or artwork. If you wish to be considered for assignments, please email us at email@example.com
In your email, please provide us with the following information:
(1) where you are located (New York, Hong Kong, etc.);
(2) the topics you are interested in (pop culture, economic issues, politics, etc.);
(3) a few of the publications or media organizations where your work has appeared;
(4) up to three links to what you consider to be the best of your work;
(5) other relevant experiences or skills you have (legal training, video/photography/design skills, language or software proficiency, etc.).
We will send general announcements to the contributors mailing list. We will also send targeted emails to specific contributors on the lists whose locations, interest areas, and experiences/skills match our content needs. If you are already on the mailing list, but need to update your information, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.