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Red Pepper is rooted in national and international movements for radical social and environmental change.

A typical Red Pepper article offers background and context to political issues, challenges dominant intellectual/political thinking or mainstream media framings, addresses important issues that haven’t been covered elsewhere, or provokes debate on pressing topics for the left.

Our articles explore complex issues in accessible language, where possible avoiding jargon and academic language. The reader might be new to politics and activism, not be an expert in the subject, or have English as a second language.

Submit a proposal

We are always looking for new writers and ideas. Our contributors include unpublished writers, frontline activists, academics, campaigners and experienced journalists. We are also keen to hear from photographers and illustrators.

Most articles published in Red Pepper are commissioned and written specifically with the magazine in mind but we also publish more time sensitive articles on the website.

Before submitting anything for consideration, be sure you are familiar with Red Pepper’s magazine’s political approach. We encourage you to submit a proposal/pitch of 100-200 words outlining your article or idea – please do not send full articles.

The pitch should include the following:

    • what subject or story you plan to cover what kind of article it is (ie, news, comment, essay, review)
    • if a comment or essay piece, its main argument a clear sense of your planned approach, tone and style
    • your email address and phone number
    • a couple of links to previous published work – if applicable
    • indicate whether you are sending this pitch exclusively to Red Pepper

    Email your proposal to submissions[at]redpepper.org.uk

    If we are interested in your pitch, we will contact you with suggestions on how to proceed and give you a deadline.

    Please keep in mind that we have a small team of voluntary editors, so it may take us up to a week to get back to you. We do not have the resources to reply to each writer individually. If you do not hear from us in a week please assume that the editors have decided not to pursue your proposal this time. That does not mean that we don’t want to publish an article from you in the future.

    Please be aware that if we accept a piece, we cannot guarantee a particular issue in which it will be published or whether it will be in the magazine or on the website.

    Payment

    The UK media is currently produced by a narrow section of society and that’s something we don’t want to reproduce. We strive wherever possible to pay print contributors a fee for the articles we publish. As a non-profit magazine with a strict advertising policy, pay-what-you-can subscription rate and open access website, we are tight on cash. Writers with stable, higher incomes can decide to waive their fee so it can go back into our Writers’ Fund. This helps us to support more emerging writers and those on lower incomes.