Call for submissions


Scalawag is a new magazine and website focused on the American South, dedicated to thoughtful reporting, original thinking, and stories in many forms. Our contributors include new voices and folks who’ve written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and many more. We pay every contributor.

We’d like to invite you to pitch work for Scalawag’s print and web publications. We’re interested in untold stories, fresh perspectives, and original thought covering the nuances of life, politics, and culture in the American South. We’re primarily seeking critical essays (1,000 – 3,000 words) and reported features (2,500 – 5,000 words), but we also publish poetry, fiction, and photography. Most of what we publish concerns a place in the South or the region itself.

We ask you to submit pitches for non-fiction, and excerpts of fiction, rather than completed work. If you’re at a loss of what to write, or how to compose your pitch, check out our contributor guide here.

To pitch essays, reported stories, and other non-fiction and photography, click here

To submit fiction for consideration, click here.

To submit poetry, please send no more than four poems together in a single Microsoft Word document to

Don’t have a pitch, but want to write for us down the line? Join our contributor list. We’ll periodically send around calls for pitches and topics we’re hoping to see covered.