Chicagoist is expanding and deepening our coverage of Chicago, and we're paying.

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet— stories that help the reader better understand Chicago and the people living here. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online. Here are some recent examples from our NYC sister site, Gothamist.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of the city's budget woes is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of on a fascinating neighborhood character. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque City Council meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the secret history of your favorite street vendor or cross-town brewery rivals; an urban explorer's tales of exploring the city's ruins; the joy of training docents for the Chicago Architecture Tour to the hazards of keeping The Bean shiny and clean.

We're also interested in buying short video clips or photo features along the lines of the topics mentioned above.

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it. The only thing we don't want (at the moment) is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length.  (Due to the high volume of pitches we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to every submission.)

Gothamist is always looking to expand and deepen our coverage of New York City. We pay.

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, and enlightening stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet and help our readers better understand New York City and the people living in it.

We want true-life mysteries, explainers that reveal how some aspect of the city works, and thoroughly reported exposés of injustice or corruption.

A 1,500-word indictment of governmental incompetence is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of the rat-slaying building super who listens to Van Halen while on the hunt. We want scoops buried in public records or shoe-leathered-out in neighborhoods or at Kafkaesque community board meetings.  

If you’ve got the voice, we’ll consider your first-person account of being flashed on the subway and then brushed off by police or attending a weird sex party.

A few topics we're particularly interested in right now: the broken justice system, school segregation, and solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Explore articles we've already published for more ideas.  

We also take "dispatches" from other cities. It could be a new solution to a typical urban problem, a new kind of food, or a new form of entertainment that will probably go global in a few years. Doesn't matter if it's an American or international city, as long as the story is novel and the phenomenon seems like it could spread.

We don’t publish personal narratives unless they're extremely unusual or noteworthy.

Pay depends on experience, quality, and length. No fiction, please.

LAist is looking to expand and deepen our coverage of Los Angeles, and we're paying. 

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet—stories that help the reader better understand Los Angeles and the people living in it. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of governmental incompetence is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of the rat-slaying landlord who listens to Van Halen while on the hunt. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque municipal board meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the joys of working for a dog-walking marijuana delivery service or the hazards of donning a SpongeBob SquarePants costume on Hollywood Boulevard. 

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it.  The only thing we don't want is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length.

NB.  In general, "personal narratives" aren't a good fit for us, unless they're very unusual or noteworthy.  So meditations on your experiences as a recently arrived Angeleno or on a specific neighborhood that you moved to probably won't work, unless there's a newsworthy hook and/or peg.  Reported facts ("journalism") often improve submissions, and help distinguish them from personal narratives.  

NB.  We give every submission serious attention, but due to a large volume of responses, it may take several days for us to get back to you.  If you don't hear from us after a few weeks, assume the piece wasn't a good fit for us (but we think you are great and hope you'll submit again!) 

NB.  Here's a short list of types of articles we tend to like: explainers that reveal how some aspect of the city works, compelling features on unexplored corners of the city, well-reported pieces that expose injustice or corruption.

SFist is looking to expand and deepen our coverage of San Francisco, and we're paying. 

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet -- stories that help the reader better understand San Francisco and the people living in it. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online.

ALSO we are seeking occasional help from eager graphic designers and photographers, who can use this form to submit URLs to their previous work.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of downtown developer corruption is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of the 92-year-old Giants fan in your building who never misses a game. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque Planning Commission meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the joys of working for a dog-walking marijuana delivery service and the hazards of playing bicycle polo.

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it.  The only thing we don't want (at the moment) is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length.

In general, "personal narratives" aren't a good fit for us, unless they're very unusual or noteworthy.  So meditations on your experiences as a recently arrived San Francisco resident or on a specific neighborhood that you moved to probably won't work, unless there's a newsworthy hook and/or peg.  Reported facts ("journalism") often improve submissions, and help distinguish them from personal narratives.  

We give every submission serious attention, but due to a large volume of responses, it may take several days for us to get back to you.  If you don't hear from us after a few weeks, assume the piece wasn't a good fit for us (but we think you are great and hope you'll submit again!) 

Here's a short list of types of articles we tend to like: non-fiction mysteries, explainers that reveal how some aspect of the city works (like how to navigate a Japantown food store), well-reported pieces that expose injustice or corruption.  Explore articles we've already published for more ideas.  

Social topics that tend to get traction include bicycle politics and safety, marijuana, the SFPD's 'War on Fun,' the affordable housing crisis, quirky real estate stories, and SF's growing traffic problems.

Another category of pitches we enjoy are "dispatches" from other cities- where another city has invented a new solution to a typical urban problem, or a new kind of food, or a new kind of entertainment, that will probably spread everywhere in the next 5 years.  Doesn't matter if it's a US city or from overseas, as long as it's novel and seems like it could spread.

SFist is looking to expand and deepen our coverage of San Francisco, and we're paying. 

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet -- stories that help the reader better understand San Francisco and the people living in it. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online.

ALSO we are seeking occasional help from eager graphic designers and photographers, who can use this form to submit URLs to their previous work.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of downtown developer corruption is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of the 92-year-old Giants fan in your building who never misses a game. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque Planning Commission meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the joys of working for a dog-walking marijuana delivery service and the hazards of playing bicycle polo.

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it.  The only thing we don't want (at the moment) is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length.

In general, "personal narratives" aren't a good fit for us, unless they're very unusual or noteworthy.  So meditations on your experiences as a recently arrived San Francisco resident or on a specific neighborhood that you moved to probably won't work, unless there's a newsworthy hook and/or peg.  Reported facts ("journalism") often improve submissions, and help distinguish them from personal narratives.  

We give every submission serious attention, but due to a large volume of responses, it may take several days for us to get back to you.  If you don't hear from us after a few weeks, assume the piece wasn't a good fit for us (but we think you are great and hope you'll submit again!) 

Here's a short list of types of articles we tend to like: non-fiction mysteries, explainers that reveal how some aspect of the city works (like how to navigate a Japantown food store), well-reported pieces that expose injustice or corruption.  Explore articles we've already published for more ideas.  

Social topics that tend to get traction include bicycle politics and safety, marijuana, the SFPD's 'War on Fun,' the affordable housing crisis, quirky real estate stories, and SF's growing traffic problems.

Another category of pitches we enjoy are "dispatches" from other cities- where another city has invented a new solution to a typical urban problem, or a new kind of food, or a new kind of entertainment, that will probably spread everywhere in the next 5 years.  Doesn't matter if it's a US city or from overseas, as long as it's novel and seems like it could spread.