The Polis Project welcomes submissions in the form of reportagepersonal narrativeslong-form narrative non-fiction, reviewsinterviewsillustrationsphoto essaysfilmpodcastsvideoart and multimedia works.

We do not publish opinion pieces nor do we consider material previously published.

We prefer that you send a pitch rather than a finished piece so we can discuss collaboratively the direction to follow.

Send your ideas and submissions to  Arshu John

You should hear from us in about a week: please avoid simultaneous submissions.

We focus on resistance movements, violence, occupation, post-colony, self-determination, militarization, political prisoners and the future trajectories of war. While we expect you to be true to local contexts, you must keep in mind our wide international readership.

We are not a news magazine, but we consider in-depth features on current events if critically placed in the broader political context.

Please send your pitch and a brief biography in the body of the email. You can share your audio and video submissions as private SoundCloud, Vimeo and YouTube links or via WeTransfer.  We don’t accept submissions via direct messages on social media.

We always pay our freelance contributors—as much as our limited budget allows.

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