A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.
– Emily Dickinson

Writers and artists are free to submit original content that fit in with the themes of InSight, such as narratives, perspectives, opinion, and commentary. Apart from written content, InSight also welcomes multimedia submissions such as photo essays, art series, artwork, videos and infographics relating to local poverty and inequality.

Once submitted, your content will be reviewed by the editorial team. Due to limited space, we are only able to accept a certain number of submissions. If you do not hear from us in 14 days after the deadline, please assume that we will not be able to use your article. At that time, please feel free to offer it elsewhere.

InSight Magazine has in the past held a call for applications and as our team expands, there will be future opportunities for those interested in joining our team. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on such opportunities.

We welcome any questions regarding submissions at contact@insightmag.org.

Submission Details

InSight Magazine primarily publishes long-form non-fiction, literary journalism pieces. Articles that run around 1-5 pages in length are ideal. However, submissions of any length and any genre, fiction or nonfiction, will be considered.

  • Files must be in Word format, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font with 2 inch margins. File name must include author’s full name and date of submission. Example: JohnSmith_02-08-17
  • Subjects within any video, article or image published by InSight Magazine must consent to their participation. It is ideal that subjects sign the subject release form.
  • Please submit through the Rolling Submissions Page.

InSight Magazine is seeking content submissions from the following categories:

Longform Stories

Longform stories are highly sought out for InSight Magazine’s print issue and typically run over 1,000 words in length. Longform stories can include narratives, perspectives, investigative and immersion pieces. Writers will receive a $50 stipend for features published digitally and an additional of $50 (a total of $100) if the story is selected towards the print issue.

Feature Stories

Features typically highlight an individual, event or group and can include human interest stories, Q&A’s, informational features, or profiles. Writers will receive a $30 stipend for features published digitally and an additional of $30 (a total of $60) if the story is selected towards the print issue.

Op-ed Stories

Opinion pieces typically run from 500 words to 1,500 words and should should incorporate facts, research and statistics to support presented argument. Writers will only receive compensation for op-ed stories selected towards the print issue ($50).

Multi-media Stories

Apart from written content, InSight also welcomes multimedia submissions such as photo essays, art series, artwork, videos and infographics relating to local poverty and inequality.

  • Image files must be in the format of PNG or JPEG and must include author’s full name and date of submission. Example: JohnSmith_02-08-17.
  • If submitting photographs, please submit photos that are free of particulars such as watermarks or branding and nothing below 250 ppi of resolution.
  • Subjects within any video, article or image published by InSight Magazine must consent to their participation. It is ideal that subjects sign the subject release form.
  • Please note that InSight Magazine reserves the right to reject given imagery, edit submitted imagery, and/or use its own imagery for any given article.
  • Please submit through the Rolling Submissions Page.

Artists will receive a $40 stipend for photo essays, art series and videos published digitally and an additional of $50 (a total of $90) if the piece is selected towards the print issue.

Topics of Interest

To be considered for publication at InSight, a story must either be intersectional with or directly relate to issues on local poverty and economic inequality (region is limited to California).

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Student Poverty
  • Incarceration
  • Homelessness
  • Human Trafficking
  • Income and Wealth
  • Immigration, Citizenship, Civil Rights
  • Housing insecurity
  • Food insecurity
  • Politics and Political Economy
  • Crime and the Legal System
  • Access to Healthcare and Education
Gender & Poverty

In preparation for the print issue of 2019, InSight Magazine is specifically seeking submissions that include, but are not limited to narratives, perspectives, longform and features relating to the intersectional issues of gender and poverty.

Where to Submit

Our rolling submissions form can be found here:

Submission Form

Additional Information

Pitches

In submitting your pitch to InSight Magazine, please to specify its relevance to local poverty and inequality, why the story would be significant, and why InSight would be interested in having you pursue such a story. Please submit through the Rolling Submissions Page.

KUCI 88.9 FM Radio Tips / Recommend a Guest

InSight Magazine’s radio show broadcasts on KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine every Friday at 5PM. Archived shows can also be found on iTunes, Spotify among other podcasting apps.

The InSight radio show is interested in highlighting members of the community involved in research or activities pertaining to local poverty and inequality. If you have any news tips, or recommendations for guests we can bring on the show, please email us at contact@insightmag.org. 

Writer and Artist Compensation

Writers will receive a $50 stipend for each digitally published story, and an additional $50 if that story is selected towards print publication. Compensation will be offered for digital stories of any length. Compensation for stories selected towards print publication must be at least 2 pages in length, single-spaced.

Photographers and artists will receive $40 for each photo essay or art series digitally published, and an additional $50 if the submission is selected towards print publication.

Digital Print
Longform Stories $50 $50 + $50
Feature Stories $30 $30 + $30
Op-Ed Stories n/a $50
Photo Essay & Art Series $40 $40 + $50
Rolling Submissions Page

Writers and artists are free to submit content year round through the InSight Magazine Rolling Submissions Page.

Subject Release Form

Subjects within any video, article or image published by InSight Magazine must consent to their participation. It is ideal that subjects sign InSight’s subject release form, especially if the video or image is taken in a non-public setting. The subject release form can be found here.