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Call For Pitches: Symbolia's Preview Issue

The theme of Symbolia’s preview issue is “How We Survive.”

This issue will explore survival, social adaptations, and evolution over the course of 5-6 stories that merge comics and illustration with prose, audio, and infographics. And we want you to become a contributor. 

We’re looking for insightful analysis, in-depth reporting, and exhilarating narratives that explore survival in the modern world. Read on to learn more about what we’re looking for and how to pitch us.

We will accept pitches for the preview issue from May 18-31. Fill out this form (also below) to submit a pitch. Ask us questions hereContributors will be paid for their work.

Ideal pitches will focus on the following elements:

  • Human stories of evolution and coping with change. While we love infographics and sexy data, it’s best to ground work in a person or community coping with an issue. 
  • Insightful reporting and analysis of trends in science and technology that will dramatically shift our communities and economies. 
  • Tell us how your story will best be told. What kinds of interactive elements would you like to incorporate? Options include small animations, audio, layered content, slide shows, etc. 
  • Length. How many “pages” or “screens” do you anticipate this story taking? Please be clear about proposed length. We are looking for stories of appromately 8-10 pages or 1-2 pages. Symbolia will contain a mixture of bite-size morsels and meditative, exploratory work. 

Contributors will have a good degree of creative freedom. Symbolia is an opportunity to try something new. Symbolia’s creative director will work with creators to plot interactive elements. We welcome pitches from radio producers, comics creators, journalists, and graphic designers. Please let us know if you’re looking for a partner to help produce content.