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    How To Pitch Personal Essays To BuzzFeed Ideas

    BuzzFeed Ideas is relaunching and we’re looking for unique, well-told personal essays that people will want to share. Here’s an FAQ. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409272765); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3431721”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409272765); });

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    2. How do I know if my story is worth telling?

    Ask yourself: Is this something that is either a) taboo yet relatable that no one has ever articulated as well as you can, b) an experience SO crazy and foreign that people will feel compelled to share it, or c) a really big idea from the vantage point of the only person who could have had that perspective.

    We’re particularly interested in stories by women, non-white, and LGBT writers, as well as previously unpublished writers.

    3. What subject areas are you interested in?

    We’re looking for pitches on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

    Sex and dating/relationshipsDebt/moneyDisease, especially the experience of being sick and invisible illnessesMental illnessParenting and parents (including the experience of parents aging)Drugs and addictionRaceWork

    We’re interested in serious subjects, but not necessarily serious takes: If you have an idea for a humorous approach to any of the above (or anything else), go for it. There’s also no strict word count, but pieces tend to be in the 800 to 1,200-word range, and we pay. We are also open to stories in other formats, such as graphic essays, photo essays, and audio pieces.

    4. Do you have examples of the kinds of stories you’re looking for?

    Why, yes! These are some essays BuzzFeed has published in the last few months that worked really well for us.

    Notes On An Eating DisorderThe Last Time My Grandmother Slapped MeRunning Into My 12-Year-Old Self OnlineI Was Sure Freezing My Eggs Would Solve EverythingThe Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction

    5. So how do I *actually* pitch stories?

    You should submit your pitch in the body of an email to with the subject line IDEAS PITCH. (Emails with attachments will be deleted unread.)

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