Write for Us
Whether you're an academic, policymaker, journalist, or something else, we’re looking to work with any writers who have thought-provoking ideas for tackling contemporary urban challenges. Please read the following before getting in touch.
We prioritize the following types of pieces.
- News: reports on current events. 750-2,000 words.
- Commentary: argumentative essays/op-eds. 750-2,500 words.
- Photo essays: photo series with accompanying text. 250-1,000 words.
- Working papers: pre-publication versions of academic papers. Minimum 2,000 words.
We’re interested in an interdisciplinary approach. Our team comes from a wide range of fields — social anthropology and the arts to geography, public policy, and economics — and we're always looking to diversify the variety of analytical lenses applied to any given problem.
When thinking up your idea, consider your comparative advantage. Where does your expertise lie? Do you have unique access to a place, community, etc? Do you find your opinions/research findings often clash with conventional wisdom? If so, we'd love to hear them!
Finally, think broadly. Don't feel constrained to "city" issues. Infrastructure and energy systems, rural to urban linkages, and other themes are fair game, too. And think without borders. We believe a cross-national dialogue is necessary to effective problem-solving, and we'd like to help facilitate this.
If you have an idea that you think might be suitable, email us a pitch (firstname.lastname@example.org) of approximately 300-500 words that outlines:
- the topic you want to explore
- why you think it is important
- the writing form/how you would structure your piece
- what experiences/expertise qualify you to write about the topic you propose
Likewise, tell us more about yourself, and if you have any, send along some writing samples. We’ll respond to every submission within a week.