The Polis Project welcomes submissions in the form of reportage, personal narratives, translations, analyses, poetry, fiction, reviews, interviews, illustrations, academic papers, photo essays, film, podcast, video, and other art and multimedia—any work that you might find relevant to Polis. We do not consider material previously published. If you don’t have any work published yet, feel free to send us a pitch of no more than 600 words.

Send your ideas and submissions to Nawaz Gul Qanungo 

You should hear from us in about a week. So please avoid simultaneous submissions.

Our focus remains on issues of violence, occupation, post-colony, self-determination, militarization, and the future trajectories of war—around the world. You need not limit your work to these subjects though. Also, while we expect you to be true to local contexts, you must keep in mind our wide, international readership.

Regions and subjects least covered in the media are likely to get the greatest of our attention. Matters of immediate relevance will be treated accordingly, too.

We are not a newsmagazine even though we are open to in-depth features on current events. We consider text submissions of any length—from short commentaries and analysis to in-depth, long-form reportage.

We prefer to limit our brief commentary pieces between 1,000 and 1,800 words while long-form reportage and narratives can go up to 8,000 words. Anything longer must be exceptional in holding our—and of course our readers’—attention.

Please send your submissions as attachments, with a summary and a brief biography of yourself in the body of the email. Your text manuscripts must be sent as MS Word files and photos as JPEG. You can share your audio and video submissions as private files via SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube but make sure you have mailed us a pitch as well. We don’t accept submissions via postal mail.

Unsolicited submissions from unpublished contributors are less likely to be published, but we strongly urge you to pitch nevertheless. We may want to have a look at your proposed contribution but you will be paid only if we publish it.

We always pay our freelance contributors—as much as our limited budget allows. The exact amount is decided on individual basis and considering per-piece requirements.

Terms and conditions

Exclusive License. When you grant to The Polis Project, Inc., a New York corporation (“Polis”), your work, product, or content (together with any edits by Polis thereto that are made after reasonable consultation with you) for publication, you grant to Polis and its licensees and assignees the exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable, transferable right and license to use, host, store, cache, reproduce, publish, display (publicly or otherwise), perform (publicly or otherwise), distribute, transmit, modify or adapt (including, without limitation, in order to conform it to the requirements of any networks, devices, services, or media through which the work is being made available) the work created by you in Polis at www.thepolisproject.com and/or any other print or online media affiliated with Polis, as determined by Polis in its sole discretion, for a period of sixty (60) days following the date of its first publication by Polis (“Exclusive Period”). During the Exclusive Period, you agree to not publish or grant any licenses to any third party to publish the work in any media in any manner whatsoever without Polis’ prior written consent.

Non-Exclusive License. Following the Exclusive Period, you will have the right to publish the work in your discretion provided that Polis is accorded credit as the original publisher of the work in the main body of any such publication or article as follows: “This article was originally published in The Polis Project (www.thepolisproject.com).” Notwithstanding your right to republish the work in other media following the Exclusive Period, Polis and its affiliates will continue to have the right to retain the work in their respective archives.

Original Work. You represent and warrant that the work is your original work and nothing contained in it will infringe upon or violate the rights (including but not limited to copyrights or trademark rights) of any third party. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless The Polis Project, its affiliates, licensees and designees and their respective shareholders, directors, employees, agents or representatives from any liability, damage or cost (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising from any third party claim resulting from a breach of your representations and warranties herein or otherwise arising out of any submitted work.

Credit. You grant Polis the limited right to use your name and biographical information in connection with the work for the purposes of providing credit to you.