We’re looking for stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality.

We’re looking for stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality.

We’re interested in both local and global stories that are in-depth and narrative-focused. We consider long-form content as well as shorter, time-sensitive pieces that offer a more immediate response to current events. This includes: essays, op-eds, poetry, films, photography, multimedia, and audio stories. We only consider unpublished works or online premieres for film, photography, and multimedia. Being familiar with the work we publish can help you see if your story will align with our editorial impulse.

We publish content weekly online and via our podcast. Our annual print edition features a selection of content previously published online as well as work commissioned specifically for print.

In addition to general pitches and submissions, we are interested in new work that explores the following themes:

  • Human and nonhuman migration. Migration is a central story of our time. In an age of climate crisis, we are seeing rapid shifts in seasonal cycles and the availability of resources. Patterns of movement across lands and waters are shifting dramatically: native ranges of trees are shifting north; ecosystems that are intimately tied to Indigenous languages and worldviews are disappearing; our food and water sources are stressed as we experience changing weather patterns. We are seeking stories that ask: What is at stake for the living world, and our relationship to it, as ecologies and communities undergo this transformation? How do we find our way when ancient, well-worn paths and patterns are abruptly destabilized and disrupted? How do we witness, adapt, and respond?
  • Living with the unknown. The pandemic ushered in the era of the apocalypse. Predictions of a future threat became a lived reality as the effects of climate breakdown and failing societal and economic structures rapidly increased, revealing the fragility of our modern industrial way of life. Cracks in the system became chasms. So much has been revealed—both the light and the dark—that we have no true sense of what has been set into motion. At a time of breakdown and upheaval, what does it mean to live with uncertainty? What has been revealed? What is yet to be uncovered? We are looking for stories that can guide us into the next chapter of our collective future.

Below is a list of our pitch and submission requirements.

Pitches:

  • Pitches must be 500 words or less.
  • Clearly outline the story you want to tell, explain what makes it interesting, why it matters now, and what perspective or reporting you will bring to it.
  • In 200 words or less, include why you think this story is a fit for Emergence.
  • Include your bio and links to previously published work or portfolios if you have them.

Submissions:

  • In no more than 500 words, include a description of the work.
  • In 200 words or less, include why you think this story is a fit for Emergence.
  • Please include essays, op-eds, and poetry as an unpublished online link (Google Docs or similar).
  • For films, provide a password-protected Vimeo link.
  • For photography, multimedia, and audio stories, provide a link to view work on Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • Include your bio and links to previously published work or portfolios if you have them.


Please note that we receive a high volume of submissions and cannot respond to every inquiry. We’ll be in touch if we’d like to pursue your story.