For Hidden History stories, Narratively looks for larger-than-life characters who never made it into the history books, astonishing forgotten tragedies, heroes who 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 a 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 or popular discussion right now that your story will help offer a new perspective on?
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 Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own”
They Fought and Died for America. Then America Turned Its Back.
The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Panther-Trapping, Gator-Wrestling Wild Man