Write for Ideapod

Ideapod covers the ideas shaping our lives. We publish creative and intelligent journalism, helping our readers to understand the ideas that make up their worldview — and where we’re headed.

Our core mission is to provide ecosystems of thought where ideas are surfaced, discussed and critically analyzed through dialogue. We raise provocative questions and aim to eschew groupthink in the age of echo chambers and filter bubbles. We value open mindedness, critical analysis and people thinking for themselves.

The Ideas section

This is the part of Ideapod where we present bold, clear arguments about the ideas you believe should shape our future. It’s an opportunity to present the world as it could be, focusing on the world’s most pressing issues, exciting innovations and new ways of thinking.

The topics covered are as wide ranging as is the human’s limitless potential to come up with new ideas. We look forward to learning through you, the writer, about the ideas that will shape the future. We publish ideas on death, sex, shamanism, technology, politics and everything in-between, aiming always to bring out the human impact of ideas.

How it works

The Ideas section is for stories that lead with an idea — an argument to think about something in a new way.

The structure of your story or article could go something like this:

  • State your proposition or question in the heading and opening sentences
  • Explain the current state of thinking, and how your proposition or question changes this
  • Back up your proposition or lay out your question with an argument
  • Base your argument in facts and research
  • Finish with a call to action — asking readers to build upon your idea, for example

Stories we publish often discuss topics in the news right now — while providing a unique perspective. They also cover topics that no-one is talking about — but will be one day. They can be the product of research, reporting, personal experience, professional expertise or a combination of these traits. They will likely take the form of opinion or commentary, but they don’t have to.

Contributors are journalists, academics, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and others whose expertise and experience surface surprising insights and provoke conversation and debate.

The best way to submit your story is to create a #pitch in our social network. This is where we have a community discussing ideas in 1,000 characters or less. If your idea gets a lot of support and spawns related ideas, you can build upon it into a story for the Ideas section.

Alternatively, you can email your story directly to [email protected] Our editorial team will review your submission within 1-2 weeks and get back to you if we’re interested in publishing it. If you haven’t heard from us after this time, your submission was likely rejected.

What you get

  • Your story will be shared across Ideapod’s 5 million+ audience network
  • Your very own author profile on ideapod.com, linking to your own website and social media profiles
  • Promotion of your story within the social network
  • The potential of launching a global conversation
  • The opportunity to turn your idea into reality with the help of the Ideapod team

Some housekeeping

  • Be original: make sure the story you submit is original work that will be exclusive to Ideapod. Work you didn’t write isn’t acceptable, nor is publishing something you’ve published previously which has only been changed slightly.
  • Use sources accurately: rely on sources as much as possible. If quoting someone, reference it. If you mention a statistic, link to your source.
  • Proofread your article: we won’t publish sloppy work. If your story has multiple typos and/or errors it won’t be accepted.
  • Indicate timeliness: if your article is based on what’s in the news or is timely in any way, please let us know in the subject line of your email.