Science for the People welcomes pitches from activists and scientists, artists and poets, teachers and organizers, professional journalists and first-time writers; anyone who can offer our readers reporting, analysis, or perspective on the struggle to ensure science serves the people, not profit. We also regularly commission for art to illustrate our magazine.
We pay our artists and writers, but all our editors are volunteer members of Science for the People; if you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our about page to learn more.
We have two editorial “pipelines”:
- For our thrice-yearly themed issues, the issue’s editorial collective will issue a call for proposals, then curate and edit responses to the call. See our current calls for proposals.
- For other stories, if your idea does not fit the current call for proposals or calls for more rapid publication, consider pitching to SftP Online, which publishes stories on a rolling basis.
Types of Article and Rates
- For short pieces of 600-1000 words, often published via SftP Online, we pay $100. We have previously published poetry in this category as well as prose.
- For slightly longer pieces — reviews, columns, and other articles with lengths from 1200 to 1500 words — we pay $200.
- For feature-length stories, with lengths of 2000 words and above, we pay $250.
Science for the People also pays for visual art, both for our print/PDF magazine and for SftP Online. Current calls for art submissions can also be found on our Submissions page.
Story frameworks and “kill fees”
We ask prospective authors to provide a short outline/framework with more details about how they will frame their story and the reporting they have already done and will do for this article. After this framework has been accepted, if we decide not to publish, we will offer a kill fee of ½ the full fee — and sometimes more, up to the full fee, if the contributor has put in significant work between acceptance and the decision not to publish.
Some of our authors, mostly those who are members of SftP, have chosen to donate their fees back to the organization. For those who can afford to do so, this allows both SftP the organization and SftP the magazine to grow and uplift more perspectives. We will not ask whether this is your intention until after we have accepted your pitch.
Authors and artists keep the copyright on their contributions, but grant us a non-exclusive license to republish the work in print and online, and to reproduce it for reasons such as promoting our magazine and making the article itself accessible.