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Photograph of a room in a house showing a small desk area with a laptop open on a stand. Next to the laptop is a small globe, note books and file tidies. In front of the desk is a colourful triangular patterned material covered chair. To the right of the desk is a wicker laundry bin, a window with floral curtains and a shisha  on the window sill. Hung on the wall above the desk is a large framed picture with a blue background and large black capital letters with the words, 'ASK MORE QUESTIONS'.
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We publish original journalism from a wide range of authors on our website in our Stories section. We aim to challenge the way that readers think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.

We are always looking for new writers. We are particularly interested in hearing from UK-based writers from ethnically minoritised communities, and disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent writers.

Guidelines for pitching a ‘story’

We tend to commission ‘Stories’ in the following formats, but we are always open to new ideas, particularly where the content suggests it.

We pay writers and publish everything under a Creative Commons licence.

The lead times on our content often varies, but a rough timeline from pitching to publication is two to three months. Please only pitch if you can produce the proposed content within this time frame.

If you have a story idea you’d like to share, please send us your pitch (no more than 500 words), along with examples of your writing. Your pitch should include:

  • An outline of what the story will cover
  • The format the story will take
  • A proposed word count
  • Why your story is right for us
  • When you can submit a first draft
  • If relevant, who you will interview.

While we will give all pitches due consideration, we cannot reply to every email.