No. 5: Call For Pitches!
Crop Stories seeks contributors for its next issue, Greens, set for publication in spring 2018. Writers, photographers, artists, and academics are invited to propose works for print that illuminate a fascinating, beautiful, or untold angle of farm culture in the American South.
Place is the most important element our editors look for in pitches. Our scope is the South, which we will define liberally or conservatively, depending on the quality of the story. We attempt to touch as many Southern states as possible in our story selection, and we try not to double dip on a state per issue. Our editors' roots are in Georgia and North Carolina, making stories from those states easy to source. A riveting narrative set in Arkansas, Kentucky, or West Virginia makes for an easier pitch to place.
Our favorite type of essay to publish is steeped in narrative—a character-driven, longform tale with plenty of voice. We're also interested in photographic, historical, or academic essays. What interests us most are diverse Southerners telling diverse Southern stories with a keen eye toward justice. Sustainability is important, but we seek stories that confront how issues of race, gender, age, and class affect farming and farmers in the South. We're interested in idiosyncratic people, regular folks wielding power and speaking truth to it. We do not want products. We want complications, not idylls.
Submissions and pitches can be memoir, but must be tied strongly to the South, the land, and the act of farming. Pitches that don't fit into the Greens theme are also welcome. We'll never turn down a strong story.
We are interested in accepting a submission for our "Crop Story" department. This is a longform personality profile of a farmer. It should be tied to the Greens theme—meaning narrative threads about the production of leafy and salad greens must dovetail with the character cleanly—and it should be a psychological and agrarian exploration of a farmer's life. The Greens theme can be applied liberally. For example, money or marijuana would fit under the Greens banner. We save the final pages for a section called "Crop Talk," which is a first-person essay, with a tone that can be personal, political, or both.
Most of all, we will listen to your pitch and consider it and respond personally. Every idea is worthy, it just might not be right for us.
Pitch away! Please get them to us before Thanksgiving. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.