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.