Want to pitch personal essays, relevant criticism, or a
first-person account of a mental health experience? Here’s how!
Posted on August 30, 2017, 14:05 GMT
What is Mental Health
From October 2 through 8, 2017, BuzzFeed Health will be
publishing a lineup of content (reporting, essays, first-person
accounts, videos, and more) on mental health, mental illness,
access to care, treatment, and related topics. It’s timed to
coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week and our goal
is to amplify the voices and stories of people for whom mental
illness has played a key role in their lives.
How long should my essay
For personal essays, 1500-2500 words is a good range to aim
for; cultural criticism pieces tend to run a little longer,
around 2000-4000 words. But at the end of the day, quality
matters more than word count, and length can vary depending on
Do you pay?
Yes! We pay competitive rates.
How should I submit my
essay or pitch?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a concise note
that explains the core of your idea, how you’ll support it, and
why it matters. Or, even better (particularly for personal
essays), send a full first draft of your piece. Please
attach drafts as Word files or Google docs, rather than pasting
the text in the body of the email. If you’re not sending along
a full draft, please include some clips.
Due to the volume of submissions, we’re not able to respond to
all emails individually. But if we’re interested, we’ll get
back to you within one week. If your pitch is truly
time-sensitive and you need a response sooner, please note that
in the subject line.