The One That Got Away

Interested in writing for Narratively? We're looking for pitches about long-lost love!

The One That Got Away

Narratively is seeking pitches for stories about The One That Got Away

The high school boyfriend who I introduced to theater—only to see him steal my dream and become a movie star while I toiled away as an extra. The love of my life who crossed the wrong gangster and had to go into witness protection. Meeting the man of my dreams…and then meeting his beeeeeautiful wife. You get the gist! We’re looking for gripping stories about long-lost love, unrequited crushes gone horribly wrong, and more.

The more unique and unheard of the better. As in any Narratively story, we want drama and intrigue that grab the reader, and we want a full, three-act story—more than a fun anecdote, we want to see lives that change and shift throughout the course of the story.

The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking for is to check out some previous Narratively stories about romance gone wrong:

My High School Girlfriend Became America’s Most Wanted Drug Queenpin: I lost my virginity to the baddest goth girl at theater camp. When I tracked her down fifteen years later I discovered just how dangerous Liz Barrer really was.

 How I Wrote Myself into a Real-life Romantic Comedy – That Turned into a Survivalist Thriller: As a filmmaker, I thought I could write the screenplay for my own love life. When I got lost in a hailstorm at 12,000 feet, searching for my ex, I realized I desperately needed a new ending.

A Super Strange True Love Story: My Disappearing Fiancé: After years of avoiding love, I found a match that seemed almost too perfect. We were practically walking down the aisle before I realized it really was too good to be true.

These can be first-person pieces about your own experience or reported stories. Pay starts at $1,000 with room to go up for more ambitious stories. Pitches for this theme are due by November 8, 2022.

For more details on what we like to see in a story, please review our guidelines here and pitch your story over at Submittable.