True Crime with a Social Justice Twist

Interested in writing for Narratively? We're looking for pitches about true crime in underrepresented communities.

True Crime with a Social Justice Twist

For our Super Subcultures collection, Narratively is looking for true crime pitches that center around underrepresented or misunderstood communities and expand to say something bigger about a lack of opportunity, equity or representation for these groups. With these stories, we’re aiming to show how crime in these communities can often be overlooked by authorities, to the extent that victims, their families or even bystanders have to take matters into their own hands. Think: An Egyptian drag queen who uncovers a money-laundering scheme that stretches to the highest levels of government; a group of imams going up against a biker gang terrorizing their town; a nonbinary ketamine ring promoting gender abolition in the underground drug world; a teacher exposing human trafficking at a school for the blind; a Taiwanese grandma taking down a mafia boss. 

As always, we’re looking for gripping stories full of drama and intrigue that grab readers, and we always want an impactful takeaway that shows us how the story has progressed and why it’s relevant right now.

Here are a few stories from Narratively and elsewhere that capture what we’re looking for:

These can be first-person pieces about your own experience or reported stories.

Oh, and we’ve raised our rates! We now pay $1,000 for features, with some room to go up for more ambitious stories. We’re not prescriptive about word count, but on average, our stories run from 2,000 – 5,000 words. Pitches are due by July 31, 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.

P.S.: Not a writer but have a great idea for a story we should know about? Shoot us an email: [email protected]