Briarpatch magazine (est. 1973) has an open reading period to review stories and essays for the Sept./Oct. 2017 issue. The bimonthly magazine covers politics and culture with a grassroots, social movement emphasis. Led by Editor Andrew Loewen, the staff is seeking feature stories, intriguing essays, inquisitive reporting, witty commentary, and photo-driven essays embedded in an anti-capitalist and anti-plutocrat viewpoint. The forthcoming issue is unthemed.
Freelance writers are welcome to submit:
Feature articles: the editors will review features based on any topic and written in any style, such as creative nonfiction pieces, comprehensive news stories, fact-finding journalism, personal expositions, op-eds, travel writing, and photo-essays.
Interviews: writers can interview a favorite author or an expert on a significant political issue.
Parting Shots: this is a special back-of-the-book feature that explores critical issues from a fresh or contestable viewpoint.
Reviews: writers can review the latest books, music, films and other formats of political media.
Word length: under 1K words for profiles, short essays; 300-1000 words for reviews; 1500-2500 3000 words for feature stories and investigative stories.
Payment: $75 (
$50) for profiles and short essays; $150 ( $100) for feature stories and photo essays; and $225 ( $150) for investigative, journalistic articles.
Query first with what you intend to write, your relevant experience, word count, and clips.
Queries must be submitted by May 1, 2017. Read full submission guidelines at Briarpatch’s website
(Note: Briarpatch increased its pay rates in October 2016)