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.
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 Our contributors include unpublished writers, frontline activists, academics, campaigners and experienced journalists.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.
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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.
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.
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