Freelance writers or journalists are encouraged to pitch stories to Shadowproof and submit their terms for a contract, including what they would like to be paid for their contribution.

Please send pitches only—not pre-written articles. We prefer to receive detailed pitches rather than completed work.

A pitch should include:

    • 1-2 paragraph summary of the story,
    • Any relevant details about your experience as a journalist and why you want to tell this story,
    • If possible, a few sentences about the style of the story, how long you expect the story to be, and whether you plan to incorporate any supporting media (photos, infographics, video, etc),
    • And a writing sample if you haven’t been previously published by Shadowproof.

Send pitches to and please begin your subject line with the word “PITCH:”.

What happens after I pitch a story?

A Shadowproof editor will acknowledge your pitch. Our editorial team considers every pitch in a timely manner and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

If your pitch is approved, we’ll discuss payment, share our style guidelines, and work to establish a deadline. We’ll work with you on your story and create a supportive atmosphere for our freelance writers.

After you submit your first draft, every article will be edited for content and readability with your active participation. You will have the opportunity to view revisions and discuss them with us before publication.

Shadowproof will support all paid contributions by featuring them prominently on our homepage and sharing them widely on social media.