Narratively covers a wide range of topics, from refugees in Greece to sex parties in Colorado, from the mole people of New York City to the woman fighting for new legislation to protect sexual assault survivors. We publish 800-word snapshots and longform, investigative deep dives, and we work across mediums, from the written word to photo, video, and comics.

But, there are a few key factors that every Narratively story has:

-It’s untold. It’s original, fresh, and not already covered in other major publications. Think offbeat, unusual, beyond the news cycle.

-It’s human. Every Narratively story follows either one central character or a group of characters. We explore big ideas and topics, but always through the lens of human experience.

-It’s narrative. As you may have guessed from our name, we like stories with a narrative arc. That means that each Narratively story has a beginning, middle, and end, and that something changes over the course of the story. That also means that there are compelling, vivid, active scenes. Don’t just tell us about something that happened, bring us through the events and let us see, feel, and hear them unfold.

In addition to these three unifying factors, each Narratively story falls into one of the following categories:

Memoir

Narratively has become known for our high-caliber personal stories, which rise above the flood of confessional “it happened to me” first-person writing. We want to publish the one incredible, truly unique story that only you can tell. We want a glimpse into your life, and through that, into a world we’d never have access to otherwise.

As with all Narratively stories, memoir submissions should be made up of compelling, vivid, active scenes. Bring us into the story with you, and let us see it unfold – rather than just telling us about it after the fact.

And there should be a narrative arc – a beginning, a middle, and an end – that shows you developing a new or different perspective by the end of the piece. That is, we need more than just an account of something wild that happened to you; we need to see the impact that experience has had on your life.

Some examples we love:

My Childhood in an Apocalyptic Cult

Searching for the Nazi Who Saved My Mother's Life

There's a Mathematical Equation that Proves I'm Ugly... Or So I Learned in My Seventh Grade Art Class

Secret Life of a Devout Christian Dominatrix

I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth... And Tested Positive for Meth


Game Changers

Game Changers is Narratively’s profile section, and the name is the standard we hold our profile subjects to; they have to be truly changing the game, revolutionizing their field, blazing a trail.

The subjects that don’t make the cut can usually be described as “someone doing something interesting.” Conversely, Game Changers are not only doing something interesting, but working around obstacles to make a mark on their field, their community, or the world at large.

As always, it’s important for there to be some action to these stories. Game Changers need to have more than just a great idea; they need to be making tangible progress that you can describe in vivid, gripping detail in your profile.  

Some examples we love:

Can Hydroponic Lettuce Save Coal Country?

Meet the Punk Activist Who's Changing the Psychiatric System from the Inside

She Killed Her Abuser Before He Could Kill Her -- Then Served 17 Years. Now She's Taking on the System

The Fearless Eco-Vigilante of Cambodia's Troubled Waters


Super Subcultures

We love a good niche – the more obscure the better. These stories take us inside a hidden world we would never have access to otherwise, and introduce us to the people who built it and live in it. Weird obsessions we’ve never heard of, and the people who build their lives around them. Sometimes it’s a subculture of one; a character whose obsession defines them.

With these pieces, it’s especially important to paint a vivid picture, so that the reader enters this strange world with you – and to dig below the surface. These pieces don’t just hold up a subculture and say “can you believe it?” – they bring the reader into that subculture so they can see how it works, what drives it, and what draws people to it.

Some examples we love:

The Violent, Lonely World of Myanmar's Child Boxers

Inside the Colorado Mansion Where the Kittens of BDSM Run Wild

Meet the Modern-Day Pagans Who Celebrate the Ancient Gods

Driving Faster than God on Utah's Disappearing Salt Flats


Hidden History

For Hidden History stories, Narratively looks for larger-than-life characters who never made it into the history books, astonishing forgotten tragedies, heroes that never got their due, and stories that bring the past to life in full, vivid color.

The key to these pieces is that they haven’t been widely told elsewhere, and that you’ve uncovered something with your reporting that adds new dimension to an old story. You’ll need to uncover enough detail to make these pieces just as vivid and active as the present-day stories that our reporters are watching in real time.

And this is important: these pieces need to make it clear why the piece of history you’re digging up is relevant today. What’s happening in the news right now that we can get a new perspective on from reading this hidden history story?

We are particularly interested in pieces about women, people of color, and anyone else whose incredible story has been unfairly obscured by history.

Some examples we love:

The Secret Story of the Groundbreaking Boxing Champ Who Lost His Title Because He Was Gay

The Donald Trump of the 1840s

The Last Time the Russians Intervened in a U.S. Election

Meet the Kim Kardashian of the 1890s


Select your medium below, and then pick one of these story categories in the submission form.

Submissions and pitches for extraordinary reported stories. We want the incredible, the unusual, the unheard of. We want in-depth reporting on worlds that readers might not otherwise have access to, with strong central characters and active scenes. 

Make sure your pitch meets the following requirements:

-It’s untold. It’s original, fresh, and not already covered in other major publications. Think offbeat, unusual, beyond the news cycle.

-It’s human. Every Narratively story follows either one central character or a group of characters. We explore big ideas and topics, but always through the lens of human experience.

-It’s narrative. As you may have guessed from our name, we like stories with a narrative arc. That means that each Narratively story has a beginning, middle, and end, and that something changes over the course of the story. That also means that there are compelling, vivid, active scenes. Don’t just tell us about something that happened, bring us through the events and let us see, feel, and hear them unfold.

There's no minimum or maximum word count, but most of our stories are in the 1,500-3,000-word range. 

Narratively has become known for our high-caliber personal stories, which rise above the flood of confessional “it happened to me” first-person writing. We want to publish the one incredible, truly unique story that only you can tell. We want a glimpse into your life, and through that, into a world we’d never have access to otherwise.

As with all Narratively stories, memoir submissions should be made up of compelling, vivid, active scenes. Bring us into the story with you, and let us see it unfold – rather than just telling us about it after the fact.

And there should be a narrative arc – a beginning, a middle, and an end – that shows you developing a new or different perspective by the end of the piece. That is, we need more than just an account of something wild that happened to you; we need to see the impact that experience has had on your life.

Most of our first-person stories are in the 1,000-2,000-word range. 

Some examples we love:

My Childhood in an Apocalyptic Cult

Searching for the Nazi Who Saved My Mother's Life

There's a Mathematical Equation that Proves I'm Ugly... Or So I Learned in My Seventh Grade Art Class

Secret Life of a Devout Christian Dominatrix

I Went to the Hospital to Give Birth... And Tested Positive for Meth


We’re interested in photo, video, and multimedia projects that tell narrative stories. We welcome a range of styles, from reportage to formal portraits to experimental video, that reveal in-depth reporting and unique access to people and places often unseen and unheard in traditional outlets. All visual pitches should include a brief introduction to the story, as well as captions in the metadata or an attached caption document.
We’re interested in video projects that tell narrative stories. We welcome a range of styles, from reportage to formal portraits to experimental video, that reveal in-depth reporting and unique access to people and places often unseen and unheard in traditional outlets. 
We're looking for in-depth personal or reported stories told through illustration of any medium (pen and ink, collage, watercolor, etc.). There's no perfect length, but comics pieces should be substantial enough to contain a full narrative.

We're also always looking for talented artists to illustrate our written pieces. If you'd like to be considered for illustration assignments, please send your portfolio to Illustrations Editor Vinnie Neuberg at vinnie@narrative.ly.