Pipette Magazine | Call for Pitches
Interested in writing for Pipette Magazine? We’d love to hear from you. We are currently taking pitches for Issues 9–10. The theme of Issue 9 is “Behind the Scenes” and for Issue 10, “Finales.” Those can be loosely interpreted.
In particular, we are looking for memoir, producer profiles, comedy, Q&As with pivotal individuals, and photo essays. In general, we assign a story based on a pitch rather than accepting completed work for publication. We are not accepting city guide pitches at this time. Payment varies depending on the work.
First, a few guidelines to help you focus your pitches. Pipette is a very specific publication!
- Familiarize yourself with Pipette by reading an issue and reviewing our social media to see what we’ve published.
Pipette Magazine is the indie magazine about natural wines — that much you probably know. However, before pitching us, it’s absolutely imperative that you find a copy of a recent issue, and read it. You should also peruse our social media to learn more about what we’ve covered. That will prevent you from pitching stories we have already published. It will also ensure you understand our perspective and voice.
2. Write a pitch that contains: 1) a working title; 2) an enticing lede with an actual scene and character; 3) some details about the scope, length, and timeline of this story.
In your pitch, please take a stab at the above elements. We know, it’s difficult to title a story when it’s just an idea, but it really helps if you try. It might also help you narrow your vision of the story, which is a good thing. In your lede (that’s journalist speak for “opening”) please depict a scene, with actual humans and an actual place. That will ensure you have a story rather than just a topic.
A lot of time goes into each article in Pipette, so please be prepared for multiple edits.
3. How do I pitch ideas?
Please send ideas for to Rachel (the editor) at email@example.com.
Introduce yourself and then share your pitches.
If you are pitching a story based on previous travel or research, please outline in detail what the original purpose of that trip or research was. If you have professional motivations (i.e. you’re on salary as an ambassador for Wines of Chile, and you’re pitching a profile of a Chilean winemaker), please just outline that.
We also accept ideas from artists and photographers, so if you have a visual essay idea, or you’ll be visiting a natural winemaker and want to share your work, definitely let us know!
REMEMBER: Stories must have international appeal. Would someone living in Hong Kong, or London, or Melbourne, or Toronto, want to read the idea you’re pitching? If not, then maybe reframe it with an angle that’s more universal, or it might not be the right fit.
Please do send links or mentions of published work. Thank you for your interest in working with us.
Please allow two weeks for response.