The Narratively Untold Story Award for Ambitious Feature Reporting

The Narratively Untold Story Award for Ambitious Feature Reporting


Narratively is excited to announce our second Untold Story Award. We’re scouring the world for our next big, award-winning feature stories, ones that require more time and a bigger budget than most, and illuminate people and communities that would otherwise go unnoticed or uncelebrated. We’d like storytellers to view this as an opportunity to really dig into that dream story you’ve always wanted to report, but haven’t had the time or resources to undertake.

For our 2018 Untold Story Award we’re looking for Deep Dives on the theme “Renegades.” We will accept completed pieces or detailed proposals.

What’s a Deep Dive? An epic feature story that requires long-term, in-depth reporting. The reporter should spend time as a fly on the wall in the daily lives of their subjects, and become an expert on the characters and the topic (up to 6,000 words).

What do we mean by “Renegades?” We’re looking for stories of rebels with a cause, dedicated activists, game changers, anyone going against the grain and making a real, measurable impact. Not limited to the political world, we’re seeking stories of people who are leading the charge and shaking up whatever sphere they occupy — from the man who spent 40 years fighting to legalize psychedelics for therapeutic use to an outlaw doula operating illegally in rural California, to the woman who went to prison for killing her abuser and is now working to change the laws that put her away.  

Take a look at the winner of the first Untold Story Award here, and the examples linked above, for a sense of what we’re looking for.

Deadline: May 1, 2018 (winner will be announced in the fall)

Prizes: One Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000 to fund their story

More About Narratively: Narratively is an award-winning digital publication that prides itself on looking beyond the news headlines and clickbait, focusing instead on ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Our network of over 2,000 talented storytellers have experience at the most celebrated publications on earth and they come to Narratively with the passion projects they care about most—having combed our world’s big cities and hidden corners for the characters and narratives that mainstream media aren’t finding—the underdogs and overlooked tales that enlighten us, connect us, and capture our imagination.


We will accept finished pieces or detailed proposals.  

Entries must be original and previously unpublished.

Entries must be reported (no first-person or fiction).

Narratively editors are not eligible, but previous Narratively contributors are.

Terms and conditions:

The winning entry will be published on Narratively.

All entries, including non-winning entries, may be considered for publication at our standard rates (entrants will have an opportunity to accept or decline this offer).

Entrants may submit more than one story.

Finalists will be selected by Narratively’s editors, and winners will be selected from that group by the guest judge.

The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material.

Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

The winning piece will be subject to our standard freelance contributor contract (winner will have an opportunity to accept or decline these terms upon selection).



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