NO. 6, HOGS: A Call For Pitches
Crop Stories seeks contributors for its next issue, Hogs, set for publication in fall 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.
In this particular issue, we are open to multiple perspectives and criticisms of meat production (small or large scale), the cultural history of consumption, the economics of animal husbandry, and justice and environmental issues tied to the business of hog farming. Both smoked meat enthusiasts and pork teetotalers are encouraged to pitch.
Place is the most important element our editors look for in pitches. Our scope is the South, and we attempt to touch as many Southern states as possible. Our editors' roots are in Georgia and North Carolina, making stories from those states easy to source. A riveting narrative set in other Southern states 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 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. What we are not looking for is anything that resembles the machismo culture of barbecue. We’ll leave that to the mainstream.
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 Hogs 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 Hogs theme—meaning narrative threads about pork production must dovetail with the character cleanly—and it should be a psychological and agrarian exploration of a farmer's life. The Hogs theme can be applied liberally. For example, a story on corporate greed would fit under the Hogs 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.
A great way to understand what we are looking for is to order our latest issue, Sweet Potatoes.
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.
Email pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.