iGeneration Youth accepts queries (proposals) for articles in many different formats. Please do not send completed work. We prefer to work closely with writers and artists from the beginning to avoid unnecessary revisions. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on articles that we have not agreed to publish.
What we publish
Features typically run at 900 to 1,200 words for a text story, such as a reported article or an essay, or up to two pages for a visual story, such as a comic, infographic, or a game. Shorter stories run between 250 and 500 words. If we offer you an assignment, we will give you a word count. No matter whether you’re delivering a sharp-eyed critique of pop culture or an article about a recent innovation in science, it needs to come from a youth perspective.
Story Formats: In addition to straight reporting, we also publish photo essays and other visual stories, such as infographics, comics, timelines, charts, quizzes, puzzles and games.
Although you can pitch a visual story, the decision to express a story this way is typically made by our editorial team. It usually works like this: Writer Jane Doe pitches an article. Our editorial staff loves it. We offer Jane Doe an assignment, and Jane goes off to conduct research and draft the story the way she normally would. Somewhere in the process (it could be right at the beginning or after seeing the first draft), our art director thinks the information could be told more succinctly as an illustrated flow chart. So she selects an artist whose style is a good fit for the story and makes a separate assignment. Now John Doe goes off to create the visual components. The writer and artist work closely with our editors and art director to create a visual story from the text and images. Everyone is wowed.
A few tips to heighten your chances of success:
Please keep in mind that unless indicated in a specific call for submission, iGeneration Youth works on stories as much as three months ahead of publication, and big story packages often have a lead time longer than that. That means a pitch intended for a December issue, for example, should be sent no later than September, or even earlier.
If you’re a writer pitching a story that will likely require photography, keep in mind that strong images are half the key to producing a great story. Know that we will have to find a youth photographer in your area. If you happen to know a photographer whose work is as awesome as yours, mention it in your pitch.
Be sure to answer these key questions in your pitch: Why is this story important or interesting? Why should it be told right now? A new band coming out isn’t a great story on its own. New bands come out every day. Tell us why readers might care about this band at this moment in time.
If your story is dependent on interviewing a particular source, make sure you have access to that source before you pitch the story. We may be able to help, but don’t count on it.
Before you pitch, ask yourself if you’ve read a similar story before? If you have, we may have received a similar pitch already. We won’t run a story that’s already been told in iGeneration Youth or another publication.
What else you need to know:
We follow rigid journalistic standards. All content is sourced, written, revised and copy edited according to Associated Press Standards and Practices, and we adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.
We focus on reporting, not opinion.
We will verify all of your sources (no off-the-record interviews) and vigorously check your facts.
In order get an idea of your writing style, your first pitch should be accompanied by links to two or three clips.
When you’ve got your best idea ready to go, use our Make a Pitch! form. It’s the fastest way to send us your story idea. Our form will also let us know why you want to tell it and what makes you the best person to do so.
We really do prefer to receive pitches by email. It makes it much easier to give your idea the attention it deserves and to share it with our whole editorial team. Unless you have a previous relationship with an editor, please do not call our offices to pitch a story by phone.
Finally, don’t forget to include samples of your work so we can see your style.
We try to respond to all unsolicited submissions within two weeks, less time with a close-approaching deadline. Please feel free to nudge us with a follow-up email if you haven’t heard from us in that time.
Need more information? Feel free to email us with your questions.
We look forward to hearing from you!