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POLITICO Magazine is POLITICO’s main vehicle for long-form reporting, feature writing, essays, commentary and analysis. We accept pieces from outside writers and we’re always in the market for new voices and a wide range of perspectives. However, we accept and publish very few unsolicited articles, including traditional op-eds, so please read the below guidelines carefully before submitting.

The best way to figure out what we are interested in is to read the magazine’s homepage, or follow @politicomag on Twitter.

REPORTERS: The Magazine loves original reporting whether in the form of long-form features, quick dispatches or reported essays. The focus of Magazine articles can be local, national or global. The key requirement is that they deliver new and important insights about American politics or policy to an informed national audience.

What to send: A 1-3 paragraph pitch. It should outline what you know already, what your reporting plan is going forward, your access and ability to execute the piece, how it will break ground and — this is important — a clear argument for why it matters to POLITICO’s readership. Do not send pitches with open-ended questions or a vague curiosity about major issues (“Will young people turn out to vote in the midterms?”). Please do not send completed drafts without prior approval from POLITICO Magazine editors. Links to your previous work are helpful in evaluating the strength of your pitch.

COMMENTARY, ESSAY AND OPINION WRITERS: Our goal is to give our readers original insights and surface new ideas on big issues and trends in American politics and the intersection of power and politics globally. Originality and newsworthiness are priorities. We are not in the market for partisan takes or endorsements of legislation or candidates; we rarely publish traditional op-eds that express opinions or make arguments on current debates.

*Please note: We don’t publish drafts sent by third parties and PR agencies. We do not review drafts sent simultaneously to other outlets. Authors must disclose upfront any financial interests they have that are related to the topic.

What to send: A 1-3 paragraph pitch. It should outline the crux of your argument, your expertise or the experience you bring to the topic and — this is important — how it will break new ground. You may attach a completed draft if you have one.

Please send pitches and submissions to [email protected].