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 both new voices and folks who’ve written for The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe New Republic, and more. We pay every contributor.

We invite you to pitch work for print and online publication. 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)
  • reported features (2,500 – 3,500 words)
  • poetry, fiction, and photography.

Usually, we publish work concerning a place in the South, or the region itself.

How to submit

For non-fiction pitches, please send us your story, not a completed story. For fiction, please submit a plot summary along with excerpts, rather than completed work.

To pitch ideas for essays, reported stories, and other non-fiction and photography, fill out the General Submission form

As a part of Scalawag’s Combating White Supremacy initiative, we are launching the Southerns Combating White Supremacy Profile Series. We’re seeking interviews with individuals and organizations who are organizing against institutionalized white supremacy in their local context. We are particularly interested in featuring folks from the following states and the Global South: Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. If you are interested in doing an interview yourself but don’t have a lot of reporting experience, we’ve made it easy! Click here for the interview guidelines and more information. Submit your pitches via the General Submissions form with the tag “SCWS” included in the title.

Scalawag is also seeking submissions for state politics reporting from the following states and beyond: Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. We are looking for reported pieces anywhere between 1,000-4,000 words, with some connection to politics at the statehouse level. Click here for more information, and send these pitches directly to

To submit excerpts of fiction for consideration, fill out the Fiction Submission form.

To submit poetry, send no more than four poems together in a single MS 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.