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Road Grays welcomes pitches from writers for future stories. We’re also happy to look at illustrators’ portfolios. Our budget is small, but all published contributions will be paid.
Please read the guidelines below and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Note that as a twice-yearly publication, we’re very limited in how many stories we can accept, but we will try to respond to everyone.
What we’re looking for:
We’re interested in original nonfiction stories from the world of baseball — from the sandlot to the majors, from its early history to the present day. Our readers are smart, curious fans who want to be delighted by the unexpected, and value thoughtful writing that uses baseball as a lens to see the world. There are plenty of other places to turn for the latest on star players or season projections; we want to focus on the human stories behind the game, what it means to us as fans, and how it intersects with society and culture.
We publish both personal essays and researched/reported stories, either as shorter pieces for our front section (700 to 1100 words) or as longer features (2000 to 4000 words). We’re open to more visually-led features/photo essays as well.
It’s important to us to include a range of viewpoints, and we’re interested in stories that aren’t being told elsewhere. All people are welcome to pitch, regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of origin, or anything else.
How to pitch: Send us a message using the contact form at the top of this page.
- Briefly summarize, in a couple paragraphs or so, your clear and specific story idea. (The more specific you can be about not just the topic but your particular angle on it, the better.) Include an expected word length if you can.
- Include a line or two about who you are, and links to any relevant past work. It’s a huge help if we can actually read examples of your writing!
- For researched and/or reported stories, let us know how much of this work has already been done, or what your plans are.
- Though we prefer pitches, we’ll also consider finished work — get in touch if you have something that you think is right for us.
If you’re an illustrator with some editorial illustration experience, and would like to be considered for future assignments, just introduce yourself and send a link to your portfolio.
We look forward to hearing from you!