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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.

We are not a source for breaking news. We publish articles that will be relevant to future and 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 Our contributors include unpublished writers, frontline activists, academics, campaigners and experienced journalists.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 welcome pitches for website content.

Your proposal / pitch should include in the body of the email (please do not send attachments):

  • 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
  • Why it is a fit for Red Pepper – see details above
  • 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 first

Send your pitches to editors[at]redpepper[dot]org[dot]uk with ‘Pitch’ in the subject line.

If we are interested in your pitch, we will contact you. Our Editorial team is very small, and may take a week or even longer to reply. Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to every submission. We will not respond to those that do not follow the guidelines above.

If you do not hear from us within three weeks, 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!


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 fees so it can go back into our Writers’ Fund.

At present, we can offer a £62 flat fee for online and between £60 – 90 for print. We hope to increase our fees in the future.

Editorial Collective

Sanaa Alimia is an academic, specialising in: cities, refugees, anti-colonialism, surveillance, war; Asia, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan.

Twitter: @SanaaAlimia

Malia Bouattia is a writer and activist, specialising in: race; feminism; western imperialism; liberation movements; the Middle East; Africa, and education. 

Twitter: @MaliaBouattia

Kimon Daltas is an editor and journalist, specialising in: arts and culture, particularly music and arts funding; Greece. 

Twitter: @kimondaltas

Gerry Hart is a writer based in County Durham, specialising in: disability and neurodiversity; welfare; history; technology and video games; culture, and the North of England. 

Twitter: @PoorConrad

Lydia Hughes is a union organiser and writer, specialising in: work, labour organising and trade unions; extra-parliamentary politics and social movements. 

Twitter: @lydiakathleenh

Andrew Hedges is an activist and editor, specialising in: trade unions, economics, class, Labour Party and electoral politics, and book reviews.

Twitter: @Andrew_Hedges_

Rhian E. Jones is a historian, researcher and writer from South Wales, based in London, specialising in: arts and culture, particularly music and literature; Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Wales; social mobility and class; workers’ organisation.

Twitter: @RhianEJones

Liam Kennedy is a researcher and writer, specialising in: trade unions, inequality, social mobility and class, South America, and book reviews. 

Twitter: @liamkennedy_

Siobhán McGuirk is a researcher, writer and filmmaker, specialising in: articles on migration; feminism and LGBTQ+ rights; arts, museums, film and cultural analysis. 

Twitter: @s_mcguirk

Amardeep Singh Dhillon is a journalist, trade unionist and bartender, specialising in: race and migration; climate justice; liberation struggles; trade unionism; co-operatives, and the Labour Party. 

Twitter: @AmarDeepSinghD

Hilary Wainwright is the founding editor of Red Pepper, specialising in: movement history; health and the NHS; political theory, and the Labour Party. 

Twitter: @hilarypepper

Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya is a writer and activist, specialising in: arts and culture, particularly literature; feminism; race; anti-fascism; protest, and South Asia. 

Twitter: @AnanyaWilson

Jake Woodier is a campaigns organiser and writer, specialising in: climate justice; environmental politics and economics; organising and social movements; food systems, land and agriculture, and science. 

Twitter: @JakeWoodier