StarTrek.com accepts pitches for essays, reported work, features, and more. Below, you'll find a few general tips for pitching to our Managing Editor and staff. All assignments will be contracted and paid. Writers from outside of the United States are more than welcome.
We are always interested in pitches on the following evergreen topics:
- Timely responses to recent Star Trek episodes. This is not a call for recaps. It’s a call for deeper looks at various aspects that might have been introduced or explored in an episode.
- Interviews with one-off Star Trek guest stars.
- Trek related essays (We will also consider video essay pitches on a case-by-case basis.)
- Personal essays that relate back to Trek.
- Any reported work that ties current events back into Trek, including...
- Reported pieces about current space exploration (NASA, SpaceX, ISSA, etc.)
- Reported pieces about technology relevant to Trek. (ie, Do you know of someone developing an EpiPen that operates like a hypospray? We want to know about it.)
- Deep dives (Did you reread Planet X and find some revelatory detail that warrants 1500-2000 words? Hit us up.)
- Listicles (we're eager to hear about your top 10 Class M Planets!)
- Interviews with and profiles of interesting Star Trek fans.
- Pieces that center voices from marginalised communities.
- Recurring columns on Trek-centered content.
- These are considered on a case-by-case basis and, to be very upfront, the majority of these pitches will be rejected. We're looking for columns from a unique perspective from writers who can turn around clean copy on a reliable timeline.
- Before pitching a column idea please make sure that we do not already feature that column or multiple pieces surrounding your topic.
- Any other creative ideas you might have! Please make sure that they do not fall under the category of things we explicitly do not want. (See below)
We are interested in pitches on the following topics (as they relate to Star Trek) for the month of JUNE 2020:
A Week in the Nexus: In Star Trek Generations, Guinan compares entering The Nexus to the feeling of “being inside joy.” Captain Picard’s trip into the energy force shows him the family he never had, while Captain Kirk prepares to propose to a love deferred for Starfleet, Antonia, over a home-cooked meal. Both men had the opportunity to explore, for better or worse, what their lives would have been like without Starfleet
What would your life be like without Starfleet? Or, more accurately, without Star Trek? What different choices would you have in your own life? Perhaps Star Trek helped you choose a college? Adopt a pet? Fall in love? Something even more far fetched? (Spoilers: The latter is what we’re looking for!)
For StarTrek.com’s A Week in the Nexus, we’re looking for personal essays from fans that tell a story about a major life decision that would have turned out differently had you not had Star Trek in your life. This goes beyond career choice (though we are absolutely delighted by all the scientists we’ve helped produce) or wedding decor (check back for our wedding-themed week once we’re allowed to have weddings again). We’re looking for the oddest, weirdest, most unique stories to post, centering around how Star Trek helped shaped your life.
Please subject line your pitches for this essay series as "Nexus Pitch: TK TK TK."
- Pride Month
- Please subject line your Pride Month pitches as "Pride Pitch: TK TK TK"
- PTSD Awareness Month
- Picard Day
- Loving Day
- Father's Day
- Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- "What We Left Behind (Part 2)" (DS9)
- "The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)" (TNG)
We are not interested in the following topics:
- Episode recaps for Discovery or any Trek shows, past or present
- Spec scripts for current or former Star Trek series
- Star Trek series pitches
- Star Trek fan films
- Star Trek fanfiction
General tips to follow:
- Pitches should be addressed to Kendra James, at StarTrekPitches@cbs.com. Pitches that StarTrek.com is interested in commissioning will receive an email in response. Pitches that we are not interested in will not receive a response. This means that we do not send rejection emails. Please allow us at least 10 business days for responses to evergreen pitches.
- Please use the following email subject line format to ensure that we see your pitches: "PITCH: TK TK TK"
- If your pitch is timely, please use the following subject line format: "URGENT PITCH: TK TK TK"
- Please send pitches. Do not send completed work.
- The more unique your pitch is, the better!
- Please don’t forget to introduce yourself and provide clips that demonstrate your ability to write whatever it is you happen to be pitching. Please do not provide clips from personal blogs, personal websites, personal Medium.com pages, etc.
- Get to your point! We don't always need an 800 word pitch. Make sure that what you’re pitching is clear within the first 2-3 sentences so that we don’t have to dig for your thesis. Then you can build your case for why the reader should care.
- Please make it clear how you're going to execute your piece! Is this an essay? Is it a personal essay? Is it a reported article? Is this a list? Is it a hybrid? You're going to interview HOW many people in just 600 words? Please be sure to lay out your format and plan.
- Relatedly, please include an approximate word count and propose a filing date.
- Overall, do be sure to come through with a complete idea. We are here to help you tweak and shape your pitches, but not give you your pitches!