How to Pitch The Daring

 

Thanks so much for your interest, we look forward to reading and seeing your work. The Daring publishes pieces from freelance contributors and is always looking to commission new writers, storytellers, and artists. Our stories are organized around four categories: Art, Music, Poetry, and Opinion. This includes photography, illustration, drawing, painting, mixed media, multimedia, and video.

Our stories focus on but are not limited to the intersection between art and life, deepening craft, and mental health. Our guiding principle is a curiosity about how the literary and visual arts relate to the human experience. A strong piece for us has an element of the personal and also raises questions or addresses issues that are more universal.

We’re thrilled to get to know your work! When submitting, please keep your pitch to one to two short paragraphs, no more than 500 words. Include in your pitch your idea, methodology, and your sense of why now. Please, no artspeak or academic papers. We are looking to foster human connection with each piece.

We look forward to receiving your pitches! Below, please find the main topics we are interested in expanding upon at this time.

 

The Daring Spotlight

The Daring Spotlight is our regular Q&A series delivering the voices of storytellers in visual media. Every month, we spotlight a different visual storyteller through an in-depth conversation about their creative process and most moving work.

This is an opportunity for women and non-binary photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, animators, and graphic designers to receive an invitation to be part of this series published on The Daring. We’re particularly interested in storytellers making visual content that reflects their communities or topics they have deep personal experience with. On an ongoing basis, visual storytellers will be invited to participate in this Q&A series because they were selected by the editorial team either through the open call on Visura or their own research.

Open Call Deadline: May 31, 2022

Submit for free via Visura »

Music

We love stories that resonate for reasons other than just the artists’ songs. Artist profiles and interviews are great, so are essays about relationship to craft or about how a piece of music changed perspectives in a surprising or profound way.

Rate: $80 minimum for 800–1,800 words.

Submit for free via Visura »

Poetry

We love written and spoken verse on any topic. Please include three to five poems in one PDF document with each poem on a separate page.

Here too, pitches for author profiles and interviews are welcome.

Rate: $30 per poem.

Submit for free via Visura »

Opinion

We’re interested in guest essays and memoir, especially pieces that delve into identity, mental health, and the intersection between art and life.

Rate: $80 minimum for 800–1,800 words.

Submit for free via Visura »

Pitching tips

Pitch a specific story rather than a general topic. Know what your story is. For example:

“I want to write about recent changes in the music industry” is too broad. “I’d like to interview two musicians and two vocalists about their experience working with cultural critic Greg Tate, timed to the release of his last studio album with Burnt Sugar” is solid.

“I want to write about my mental health journey as a woman” is too broad. “I had postpartum complications, but the pandemic made it hard to get help from my doula or doctors” is substantive and grounded.

Check the archives. Read our site — that way, you end up pitching us new material and pieces that would have a natural home on our site.

Optimize your subject line. For example:

Personal Essay Pitch | “I had postpartum complications, but the pandemic made it hard to get help from my doula or doctors”

Music Essay Pitch | “Honoring critical giant, author, and Black Rock Coalition co-founder Greg Tate”

 

Details and Rights

  • Unless otherwise noted, please send all pitches and submissions for free via Visura
  • Email any questions to info@thedaring.co
  • Please submit original, previously unpublished work.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere so we can wish you a warm congratulations and remove your work from our queue.
  • Upon publication, commissioned contributors will be paid a fee, amount depending on the format and length of works published.
  • Authors retain copyright.
  • We acquire first serial rights worldwide in English and non-exclusive anthology rights.
  • Each piece will be published in our online magazine and will become part of The Daring archives.
  • We’ll do our utmost to respond within three months, but due to the volume of submissions we receive, and the careful and collaborative nature of our review process, that may not always be possible. Thank you for your patience.