Upworthy is now accepting freelance pitches

This post has been making the rounds, but in case you haven't seen it, Upworthy is now taking freelance pitches. Request your freelancer packet at the address below. (I did!) -Mia

From Amy O'Leary,


I hope you're all doing great!  I've been working for the last six months at Upworthy, where I'm running the editorial team these days. Since I joined the company, we've been making a transition toward doing more original storytelling, and just this week we launched a freelance program.  We are excited to be hearing from all kinds of storytellers — not just traditional text-based journalists — to bring attention to stories for a better world.  And we are looking for pitches!  We've already worked with one radio journalist who has done some Upworthy versions of his original reporting for radio. We're happy to find ways to make stories you've done in other mediums go viral.

We love stories that are SURPRISING, VISUAL, MEANINGFUL and SHARABLE. Most of our stories are short — around 500 words, and are most interested in empathetic storytelling about human beings (we are less interested in essays, but more interested in surprising anecdotes). We love photo stories, too.

If you are interested in learning more, email pitches@upworthy.com for a freelancer packet that explains what we're looking for!

And pitch us!  We've already taken nearly a dozen stories in the last 2-3 days.

Feel free to share this email with your own networks of storytellers as well!



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