Thank you for your interest in feature writing with The Verge. We work with a broad range of freelancers, from long-time professionals to first-timers with a great story. We also cover a broad range of subjects, from the dubious success of Autotune and the rise and fall of the American arcade, to the hidden world of doomsday bunkers. We look for stories at the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture — which means plenty of opportunity for you to pitch us a story.
What we’re looking for:
With few exceptions, our stories are longform features, running 1,500-3,000 words. They’re narrative-driven, with a clear arc and careful reporting.
The best way to know what interests us is to see what we’ve done before, by studying our features page. Along with the features above, we’ve also profiled pioneering machine artist Mark Pauline, explored the murky netherworld of online get-rich-quick schemes, and chronicled the 50-year battle over disposing of America’s nuclear waste. All of these stories have a technological element, but they’re not simply stories about technology. They’re really about how science and technology — new ideas, new capabilities — affect us as human beings. At The Verge, technology never exists in a vacuum: we’re always asking, "What does technology do for us? To us?" We want to look at the big picture; rather than asking what new smartphone promises to complete you today, we might ask how crowdfunding is changing space exploration.
What we’re not looking for
We only occasionally publish more personal, experiential pieces or ruminative essays.
We generally don't accept product review pitches, but direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Similarly, most interview features originate with us, but if you have exclusive access to an amazing conversationalist, please let us know.
We don’t solicit how-tos. Or listicles, slideshows, timelines, or variations on "The 12 happiest pandas you’ll meet today." We also don’t solicit opinion pieces.
What to send us
If you’ve got a story you think fits at The Verge, great! We’d love to hear it. Send us a few paragraphs answering the following questions:
- What is the story? A few sentences should be enough to hook us, but take the time to explain how you see the story unfolding. What is the arc? Who are your main characters? Who have you interviewed? What has your research revealed about the story?
- How are you going to report the story? What kind of progress have you already made (including sources and research), and what more do you have to do? Let us know your writing plan, including word count and a tentative deadline.
- Why is it right for The Verge? Our readership is technologically savvy and reads widely. Is your story new to that audience, or does it reveal a new facet of an old story? What other outlets, if any, have covered this story, and how will your telling be different?
- Why are you the person to write it? Do you have any particular expertise or experience with the subject? Do you have unique access? You should also attach any clips (2-3 at most) that show off your feature-writing skills.
When you’re ready to wow us with your pitch, send it to email@example.com. We try to respond to pitches within 3-4 days, but it may take longer if we’re particularly swamped. (Please note in the subject line if your pitch is time-sensitive.) Thanks for reading, and we look forward to working with you!