We publish original journalism from a wide range of authors on our website in our Stories section. We aim to challenge the way that readers think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.
We are always looking for new writers. We are particularly interested in hearing from UK-based writers from ethnically minoritised communities, and disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent writers.
Guidelines for pitching a ‘story’
We tend to commission ‘Stories’ in the following formats, but we are always open to new ideas, particularly where the content suggests it.
- Serials (like ‘The heart of homesickness’), which unpack a narrative over six instalments, each of which is around 1,000 words.
- Standalone articles (like ‘A walk through other people’s expectations’), which include opinion and personal experience. These are usually about 750 words but can be longer for the right story.
- In pictures (like ‘Sex work through the ages’), a set of images, either from our collections or original artwork, accompanied by a short narrative that gives context.
We pay writers and publish everything under a Creative Commons licence.
The lead times on our content often varies, but a rough timeline from pitching to publication is two to three months. Please only pitch if you can produce the proposed content within this time frame.
If you have a story idea you’d like to share, please send us your pitch (no more than 500 words), along with examples of your writing. Your pitch should include:
- An outline of what the story will cover
- The format the story will take
- A proposed word count
- Why your story is right for us
- When you can submit a first draft
- If relevant, who you will interview.
While we will give all pitches due consideration, we cannot reply to every email.