The Unwinnable Submission Guide

You have stories to tell. We want to hear them. We are always searching for new voices to add to the conversation here at Unwinnable and we firmly believe that personal experience is the foundation of a great Unwinnable story. More and more, we are drawn to this intersection between the culture we love and the lives we live – and  how that intersection informs our actions and influences our decisions. That means everyone has a story. Even you.

Pitch Week

We receive a lot of pitches. To safeguard the sanity of our all volunteer editorial staff and to ensure that your accepted stories don’t linger unpublished for too long, we only accept pitches for the first full business week of the month.

Pitch Guidelines

Send us a short paragraph that tells us concisely what you want to write about. That’s it! Two hundred or so words ought to do it. In the subject line, make sure you include the words ‘Unwinnable Story Pitch’ followed by a title that reflects the story. Type your pitch in the email – no attachments, please – and send to submissions@unwinnable.com.

Please don’t send us completed stories before we’ve approved them – we have to discard unsolicited material unread.

When you pitch, you are pitching to both Unwinnable.com and Unwinnable Weekly. As of now, Unwinnable.com is unpaid and Unwinnable Weekly pays $50 a story, flat rate.

Finally, due to the number of submissions every month, we’re unable to respond to all inquiries. If you don’t hear back from us, it is nothing personal – please feel free to pitch us again!