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Pitch an article idea

Thanks for your interest in pitching an idea to The Conversation. This page briefly explains our editorial priorities and shows you what makes a good pitch. You can then submit a pitch via the links.

What types of stories are we looking for?

The Conversation focuses on three priority areas:

  • Timely, evidence-based analysis of what’s making the news;
  • Articles explaining new research and its significance to a non-expert audience;
  • Timeless “explainers” of complex issues.

Before pitching, please consider a keyword search to see what we’ve published on your topic. Keep in mind that pieces tied to major events, such as the federal election, should be pitched at least five business days in advance. Editors are rarely able to publish stories immediately and prioritize stories based on their timeliness.

Please wait for your editor to accept the pitch and send you a brief with the deadline and word count before filing your story–we often receive several pitches on the same topic and are unable to accept all pitches.

Can you write for The Conversation?

Are you currently employed as a researcher or academic with a university? Or, if you’re a student, are you a PhD candidate? Masters students may write with a professor as a co-author.

We do not publish articles written by people employed by think tanks or non-profit research groups who do not hold university positions.

We also do not publish articles from college or CEGEP professors.

We work with academics at universities in Canada. If you are a francophone academic at a university in Canada, please consider pitching La Conversation Canada. If you’re not from Canada, you can pitch your article to editions of the The Conversation in Australia, Africa, France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

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