Write for us

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.

We are not a source for breaking news. We publish articles that will be relevant to future as well as present readers. Before submitting anything for consideration, be sure you are familiar with our political approach.

Articles should explore complex issues in an accessible way, where possible avoiding jargon and academic language. Online articles are generally 650 – 1,200 words long.

Pitch us an article

We are always looking for new writers and ideas. Our contributors include unpublished writers, frontline activists, academics, campaigners and experienced journalists. Articles published in the print edition are proactively commissioned according to issue themes, and written specifically with the magazine in mind. We however welcome pitches for website content.

Your proposal / pitch should include:

  • 100-150 word outline your article or idea. Provide a clear overview of the story, its main argument(s), tone, style (i.e. comment, review, investigative piece, research-based, testimony, etc.) and target length
  • Links to previous published work, if applicable
  • Indicate whether you are sending this pitch exclusively to Red Pepper
  • NOTE: We will not read full articles or long pitches. Even if you have written a full piece, send us a brief outline

Send your pitch to one Editor only – see below for contact details.

If we are interested in your pitch, we will contact you. Our Editorial team is very small, and it may take up to a week to receive a reply. Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to every submission. If you do not hear from us within a week, please assume that we have decided not to pursue your proposal this time. That does not mean we don’t want to hear from you again in the future.

Payment

We strive wherever possible to pay contributors. As a non-profit magazine with a strict ethical advertising policy, pay-what-you-can subscription rate and open access website, we are however extremely tight on funds. We prioritise payment for articles to emerging and freelance writers, in particular people on lower incomes and from backgrounds under-represented in the media. We encourage writers with stable and/or higher incomes to waive their fee so it can go back into our Writers’ Fund.

Editorial Collective

Malia Bouattia is a writer and activist. Pitch her articles on race; feminism; western imperialism; liberation movements; the Middle East; Africa, and education. Email: malia[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @MaliaBouattia

Luke Butterly is a journalist and writer in Belfast. Pitch him articles on immigration; borders; policing; human rights; protest and social movements; Northern/Irish politics, history and culture. Email: Luke[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @lukejbutterly

Kimon Daltas is an editor and journalist. Pitch him articles on: arts and culture, particularly music and arts funding; Greece. Email: kimon[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @kimondaltas

Gerry Hart is a writer based in County Durham. Pitch him articles on: disability and neurodiversity; welfare; history; technology and video games; culture, and the North of England. Email: gerry[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @PoorConrad

Rhian E. Jones is a historian, researcher and writer from South Wales, based in London. Pitch her articles on: history; arts and culture, particularly music and literature; Welsh politics; social mobility, class and workers’ organisation. Email: rhian[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @RhianEJones

Liam Kennedy is a researcher and writer. Pitch him articles on: trade unions, inequality, social mobility and class, South America, and book reviews. Email: liamk[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @liamkennedy92

Siobhán McGuirk is an academic, filmmaker and curator. Pitch her articles on: arts and culture, particularly film, comic and museums; feminist, trans and queer politics; immigration; education; political ideology; Latin America, and the USA. Email: siobhan[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @s_mcguirk

Annahita Moradi is a barrister. Pitch her articles on law, policing and justice; rights, and immigration. Email: annahita[at]redpepper.org.uk

Bertie Russell is a researcher, academic, and writer. Pitch him articles on: economics; democracy; the commons, municipalism and regional perspectives, and sports. Email: bertie[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @alterurbanist

Amardeep Singh Dhillon is a journalist, trade unionist and bartender. Pitch him articles on: race and migration; climate justice; liberation struggles; trade unionism; co-operatives, and the Labour Party. Email: amar[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @AmarDeepSinghD

Hilary Wainwright is the founding editor of Red Pepper. Pitch her articles on movement history; health and the NHS; political theory, and the Labour Party. Email: hilary[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @hilarypepper

Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya is a writer and activist. Pitch her articles on: arts and culture, particularly literature; feminism; race; anti-fascism; protest, and South Asia. Email: ananya[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @AnanyaWilson

Jake Woodier is a campaigns organiser and writer. Pitch him articles on: climate justice; environmental politics and economics; organising and social movements; food systems, land and agriculture, and science. Email: jake[at]redpepper.org.uk / Twitter: @JakeWoodier