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. 

If you felt inspired by our mission statement and think we’d dig an idea that’s rattling around your brilliant mind, please pitch us (july@thepulpmag.com and katie@thepulpmag.com)! We love being cleverly surprised.

We pay $250 for all original essays and articles and $100 for humor/satire. 

(We also accept multimedia so be sure and check that out too if you're hankering to share something aural or visual...!)

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 accept repubs—already published articles—especially from Medium, but those pieces only receive payment through the "clap metric," not a flat fee.

+ we have a small submission fee of $3, because Submittable costs money and we're a small publication trying to pay everyone fairly for their time, work, and words! 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.

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! We pay $50 for accepted pieces about your juicy, YM-esque "Say Anything" pieces. 


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!


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.

What we pay:

It’s a bit of a wonky world on the platform that is Medium, so let us try to explain the situation in total transparency.   There are a host of humans—like TBD in fact—all writing and publishing on Medium. Some of them do it for the smell of it and some of them do it for cold American cash—i.e. they put it behind a paywall as part of Medium’s Member Program. This means that only the folks with Medium membership (those who pay $5-a-month) can read it. When Medium Members clap for an article, a portion of their $5 monthly subscription fee is paid directly to the author. You can read helpful breakdowns of what this means monetarily from Medium writers here and here, but a clap’s worth uses a weighted average. 

As a clap payment is a fraction of a user’s $5 per month subscription fee, users who are clap-happy have lower paying claps than users who only claps a few times per month…

IN SHORT!  Without melting your face with details or getting dead-lost in the weeds of Medium’s monetary machinations, PULP will be a combination of commissioned content and curated content from the Medium community. 

If we accept your wonderful work—hurray!—we’ll pay you on a case by case basis, but no less than $100.

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.

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

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. 

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.

What we pay...$250 for original articles

$100 for satire/humor

...And whatever the "clap metric" tells us for repubs.

It’s a bit of a wonky world on the platform that is Medium, so let us try to explain the situation in total transparency.

There are a host of humans—like 60 million a month—all writing and publishing on Medium. Some of them do it for the smell of it and some of them do it for cold American cash—i.e. they put it behind a paywall as part of Medium’s Member Program

When Medium Members clap for an article, a portion of their $5 monthly subscription fee is paid directly to the author whose work is behind the paywall. You can read helpful breakdowns of what this means monetarily from Medium writers here and here, but a clap’s worth uses a weighted average. 

As a clap payment is a fraction of a user’s $5 per month subscription fee, users who are clap-happy have lower paying claps than users who only claps a few times per month…

In short...

Without melting your face with details or getting dead-lost in the weeds of Medium’s monetary machinations, PULP will be a combination of commissioned content and curated content from the Medium community. 

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

If we accept your wonderful work—hurray!—we’ll pay you $250. 

That goes for all media unless it’s humor/satire and likely not “reported” for which we pay $100. 

If it's a Medium repub, you'll be paid by how many people clap on your story.

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.

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