Dear writerly and all-things-creative-and-creating humans—

PULP magazine is an arts + culture publication dedicated to the human body and championing the voices and stories of our most marginalized communities.

When we launched with Medium in August 2019, we had a year’s worth of corporate funding — a monthly editorial budget and part-time salaries for PULP’s founders|editorial team, Katie Tandy and July Westhale — and we paid every single contributor $150-$250.

This past July PULP went entirely indie, launched PULP Public School — our online education arm — and we’re busy as a goddamn swarm of bees applying to grants and fundraising.

This is all to say we’re taking a cue from the venerable and ever-wonderful RUMPUS; each month we will set aside $300. All eligible contributors will be able to opt in for payment at the end of every month and the money will be divided among those who want to be paid. That means payments will average around $75 as we’ll be publishing one essay per week.

We have wrung our hands and hearts around this new reality. PULP believes writing is some of the most important work on the goddamn planet, but making independent media profitable is no small undertaking and until that day comes we don’t want to sacrifice all the amazing stories that have been careening onto our virtual desk.

Know that as editors we are also entirely volunteer, for now. Know that we’re working toward a sustainable future, and that we love you.

Help us keep building this beautiful bodily empire. We can’t wait to read what you’re writing.


About us + what we publish:

Why hello! Thank you for your interest in PULP. We're a multimedia sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights publication celebrating this human coil hurtling through time and space. If you have a body, love a body, or are apt to wonder, just what is this body?, you're just the kind of writers we're looking for.

We love articles, essays, interviews, satire, videos, photographs, illustrations, maybe even a podcast or a video (sorry no poetry or fiction just yet!)—beautifully rendered—that intersect the personal with the universal. 

We’re fascinated by writing that brings narrative to the forefront of current issues, especially if those narratives are not often told or valued in traditional media. 

We also accept proposals for classes for our educational arm, Pulp Public School.

Three points of note: 

+ please, please, please read our submissions guidelines. If you're unclear on what we're looking for, check out our publication for more deets

+ we have a small submission fee of $3, because Submittable costs money and we're a small publication. If you really want to submit but can't afford the fee, write to us & we'll work something out.

Overall quandary to ask yourself...

How does this relate to sex—literally—or one’s personal/societal perception of sexuality and/or reproductive rights…?                                      

TOPICS (by no means an exhaustive list):

—Human-body connection

—Menstruation
—Transitioning (if explicitly linked to one’s relationship to sex or desire in the process of doing so, etc.)
— Sexual violence/trauma of the body. (Not simply a harrowing story on abuse, but what said experience did to your perception of/relationship to, sex.)

— Dialogues on gender vis-a-vis the body/desire/sex (Not simply the fraught trappings of femininity/masculinity etc.)
— Asexuality
— Science behind how and why sexual behaviors manifest. (Or don’t.)
— Psychology of kinks
— Memoir/personal essays focused on one’s relationship to sex(uality) and their bodies
— Evolving sexuality or burgeoning sexuality.
— Essays aimed at destigmatizing or exploring less common lifestyles : relationship choices from those actually living them
— Interviews with scientists/ makers/ changers in the sex toy/sex positivity/porn/education/ VR sex industry etc. etc. 

— Sex(uality) and tech // ethically and otherwise
— Histories of little-known or under-explored people, places, movements, and things about (you guessed it!) sex, sexuality, or reproductive rights.

Pulp Magazine has an educational component of live and pre-recorded classes, and we'd love to expand our faculty roster!

If you have an idea for a 45-90 minute class that falls into one of our pillars*, please submit a proposal that includes:

-which pillar it falls under

-proposed length of course

-proposed course description (what it will cover, why folks should take it, catchy course title)

-a video pitch that discusses why people should take your class


*Constitutional (wellness+repro. justice), Creative Juices (the craft of writing+making), HankyCode (all things identity), Not So G-Ratd (all things sex/uality), and Rare Objects (arts+culture.)


Payment: 

We pay teachers (as we do our writers) a flat fee of $250. This fee is contingent upon getting breaking even — this means you need ten students paying $25 a class in order for the class to run. We'll help you market and promote the class leading up to it. 


Timeline: 

We schedule our courses a few months out, so make sure your course content is flexible enough to be somewhat classic, as very timely courses likely won't get picked up (though they may make for a great live event! Ping us anyway if this is the case). 

Part of de-stigmatizing sex and sexuality is to know when to find the humor in it, and to address the very feel awkwardness that can come (pun intended) with learning to navigate our own bodies.


Got an embarrassing/funny story about sex/bodies/dating? We want to hear it! 


Examples: 

-That time your cat pulled your used tampon out of the trash & deposited it next to your date's face

-Comical moments from dating misery

-DYKE ALIKE STORIES: you & your date showing up wearing the exact same thing

-Personals ads

-First time sexual encounters (with yourself or others)


& more! Your youthful humiliation is now your gain!

We welcome your multimedia submission here!

Our five pillars are: Constitutional (wellness+repro. justice), Creative Juices (the craft of writing+making), HankyCode (all things identity), Not So G-Ratd (all things sex/uality), and Rare Objects (arts+culture.)

Question(s) to ask ourselves...“How does this relate to sex—literally—or one’s personal/societal perception of sexuality” and/or reproductive rights…? 

—Human-body connection

—Menstruation —Transitioning (if explicitly linked to one’s relationship to sex or desire in the process of doing so, etc.) — Sexual violence/trauma of the body. (Not simply a harrowing story on abuse, but what said experience did to your perception of/relationship to, sex.)

— Dialogues on gender vis-a-vis the body/desire/sex (Not simply the fraught trappings of femininity/masculinity etc.) — Asexuality  — Science behind how and why sexual behaviors manifest. (Or don’t.) — Psychology of kinks  — Memoir/personal essays focused on one’s relationship to sex(uality) and their bodies — Evolving sexuality or burgeoning sexuality.  — Essays aimed at destigmatizing or exploring less common lifestyles : relationship choices from those actually living them — Interviews with scientists/ makers/ changers in the sex toy/sex positivity/porn/education/ VR sex industry etc. etc. 

— Sex(uality) and tech // ethically and otherwise — Histories of little-known or under-explored people, places, movements, and things about (you guessed it!) sex, sexuality, or reproductive rights.


In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio and contact information.    Thank you!   

If your piece is about something extremely timely we would hate for it to get lost in the weeds! Please submit your pieces to this form so we can make sure to give them immediate attention.

Our five pillars are: Constitutional (wellness+repro. justice), Creative Juices (the craft of writing+making), HankyCode (all things identity), Not So G-Ratd (all things sex/uality), and Rare Objects (arts+culture.)

Dear writerly and all-things-creative-and-creating humans—

PULP magazine is an arts + culture publication dedicated to the human body and championing the voices and stories of our most marginalized communities.

When we launched with Medium in August 2019, we had a year’s worth of corporate funding — a monthly editorial budget and part-time salaries for PULP’s founders|editorial team, Katie Tandy and July Westhale — and we paid every single contributor $150-$250.

This past July PULP went entirely indie, launched PULP Public School — our online education arm — and we’re busy as a goddamn swarm of bees applying to grants and fundraising.

This is all to say we’re taking a cue from the venerable and ever-wonderful RUMPUS; each month we will set aside $300. All eligible contributors will be able to opt in for payment at the end of every month and the money will be divided among those who want to be paid. That means payments will average around $75 as we’ll be publishing one essay per week.

We have wrung our hands and hearts around this new reality. PULP believes writing is some of the most important work on the goddamn planet, but making independent media profitable is no small undertaking and until that day comes we don’t want to sacrifice all the amazing stories that have been careening onto our virtual desk.

Know that as editors we are also entirely volunteer, for now. Know that we’re working toward a sustainable future, and that we love you.

Help us keep building this beautiful bodily empire. We can’t wait to read what you’re writing.


What We're Looking For:

We're looking for your best journalism from 1,000-1,500 words for our dare-we-way wonderful publication, PULP Magazine.

We love articles, essays, interviews, satire, photo essays, illustrations, comics, short documentaries, etc. etc. (sorry no poetry or fiction just yet!)—beautifully rendered—that intersects the personal with the universal. We’re fascinated by writing that brings narrative to the forefront of current issues, especially if those narratives are not often told or valued in traditional media. 

Our five pillars are: Constitutional (wellness+repro. justice), Creative Juices (the craft of writing+making), HankyCode (all things identity), Not So G-Ratd (all things sex/uality), and Rare Objects (arts+culture.)

If you felt inspired by our Mission Statement and think we’d like an idea that’s rattling around your brilliant mind, please pitch us! We love being cleverly surprised.


In the body of the message box, please provide a short cover letter, brief bio and contact information. Thank you! 

For multimedia (videos, photographs, illustrations, maybe even a podcast ) submissions, please submit here 

For timely/current events pieces, submit here.


Please be patient-- we're only a two person team, and responding to submissions can take upwards of a month. Thank you for understanding.

PULPMAGAZINE