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 the United States are welcome.
We are 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.
- 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 interesting Star Trek fans.
- Pieces that center voices from marginalised communities.
- 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 SEPTEMBER 2019:
- National Read a Book Day (Sept 6)
- Star Trek Day (Sept 8)
- International Literacy Day (Sept 8)
- National Grandparents Day (Sept 8)
- National Day of Service (Sept 11)
- International Day of Peace (Sept 21)
- First Day of Autumn (Sept 23)
- National Coffee Day (Sept 29)
- Rosh Hashanah (Sept 29-Oct 1)
- TAS episode, "The Pirates of Orion"
- TOS episode, "Amok Time"
- TOS episode, "Yesteryear"
- TOS episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
- TNG episode, "Redemption, Part 2"
- TNG episode, "The Best of Both Worlds pt. 2"
- TNG episode, "Encounter at Farpoint"
- TNG episode, "Darmok"
We are not interested in the following topics:
- Freelance episode recaps for Discovery or any Trek shows, past or present
- Freelance interview pitches for current or former Star Trek cast members
- Spec scripts for current or former Star Trek series
- Star Trek series pitches
- Star Trek fan films
- Star Trek fanfiction
- Regular or recurring columns
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. 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 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 800 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!