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Submissions

Road Grays welcomes pitches from writers for future stories. We’re also happy to look at illustrators’ portfolios. (Yes, all published contributions will be paid.)

Please note that as a twice-yearly publication, we’re very limited in how many stories we can accept, and when we can accept them. We expect to be ready to start making decisions about Issue 2 content around March 2019. But feel free to get in touch now if you like, to get a conversation started!

What we’re looking for:
We’re interested in original nonfiction stories from the world of baseball — from the sandlot to the majors, from its early history to the present day. Our readers are smart, curious fans who want to be delighted by the unexpected, and value thoughtful writing that uses baseball as a lens to see the world. There are plenty of other places to turn for the latest on star players or season projections; we want to focus on the human stories behind the game, what it means to us as fans, and how it intersects with society and culture.

We publish both personal essays and researched/reported stories, either as shorter pieces for our front section (700 to 1000 words) or as longer features (2000 to 4000 words). We’re open to more visually-led features/photo essays as well.

It’s important to us to include a range of viewpoints, and we’re interested in stories that aren’t being told elsewhere. All people are welcome to pitch, regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of origin, or anything else.

How to pitch: Send us a message using the contact form at the top of this page.

  • Briefly summarize (in a paragraph or two) your clear and specific story idea. Include an expected word length if you can.
  • Include a line or two about who you are, and links to any relevant clips.
  • For researched and/or reported stories, let us know how much of this work has already been done, or what your plans are.
  • Though we prefer pitches, we’ll also consider finished work — get in touch if you have something that you think is right for us.

If you’re an illustrator with some editorial illustration experience, and would like to be considered for future assignments, just introduce yourself and send a link to your portfolio.

We look forward to hearing from you!