Call for Submissions: Pitches for Racket, USA: Submit Now!

Racket, Minnesota, USA, is inviting submissions of pitches form writers for publication. Submit your pitches today!

About Racket

Racket is a writer-owned, reader-funded website founded by a group of former City Pages editors in 2021. They trade in the same fun and fearless journalism CP specialized in since 1979: Twin Cities news, politics, music, arts, culture, civic oddities, food and drink, and theater, plus local angles galore.

Pitching Guidelines

Pitches should be short, should follow the simple format below, and should make Racket want to read the story you’re pitching. Please pitch by email only—texts, Twitter DMs, and Facebook messages are too hard for busy media entrepreneurs like them to keep track of. They will ignore them, whether intentionally or accidentally.

  • Headline: A good headline is often the only thing that’ll prevent your story from dropping unread to the bottom of the internet. Once a pitch is accepted, you may wind up following a different path than you originally set out on. That’s fine. But let’s start from something concrete. No pitch will be considered without a tentative headline. 
  • Body: In a few sentences (three at most) tell them about your story in a way that will make them want to read it. Don’t just tell them the subject—let them know what’s unusual, important, engaging, or otherwise noteworthy about it. And tell them how you’d go about covering it.
  • Run date: This one’s easy. Let Racket know the date the story should run, if it’s time-pegged. They will try to respond to all pitches as quickly as they can, yea or nay, but you know how email gets. If you don’t hear back within a week, they’re not ignoring you, promise. Feel free to nudge them and bring your pitch back to the top.

What to Pitch?

At Racket, they’re interested in pretty much anything and everything… but to be a tiiiiny bit more specific, they’re looking for stories that would otherwise not exist in the Twin Cities news universe. That can mean a topic that’s totally new or a perspective (personal or otherwise) you wouldn’t see elsewhere in town.

They publish arts and entertainment stories, profiles of individuals, explorations of overlooked subcultures or groups, trend pieces about food and drink, investigative political features… all kinds of stuff.

If you’re reading this and thinking, “Hm, that doesn’t really tell me all that much, actually,” you aren’t wrong. The best way to get a sense for their tone and the kinds of things they publish is to read the site. You are reading the site, aren’t you?

Here are some stories from their first year of existence that started as freelance pitches:

How to Pitch?

You can send pitches to pitches[at]racketmn[dot]com or to individual editors at their email addresses, if you’ve worked with them before and think they’re the right person for the story. Probably easiest just to send to the general inbox and let them sort it out though. Please do not send the same pitch separately to multiple accounts!

Click here to read the official guidelines of the Call for Submissions: Pitches for Racket, USA.

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