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The Daring Magazine Open Call for Essay and Memoir

How to Pitch The Daring

Thanks so much for your interest, we look forward to reading and seeing your work. The Daring publishes pieces from freelance contributors and is always looking to commission new writers, storytellers, and artists. Our stories are organized around four categories: Art, Music, Poetry, and Opinion. This includes photography, illustration, drawing, painting, mixed media, multimedia, and video.

Our stories focus on but are not limited to the intersection between art and life, deepening craft, and mental health. Our guiding principle is a curiosity about how the literary and visual arts relate to the human experience. A strong piece for us has an element of the personal and also raises questions or addresses issues that are more universal.

We’re thrilled to get to know your work! When submitting, please keep your pitch to one to two short paragraphs, no more than 500 words. Include in your pitch your idea, methodology, and your sense of why now. Please, no artspeak or academic papers. We are looking to foster human connection with each piece.

We look forward to receiving your pitches! Below, please find the main topics we are interested in expanding upon at this time.


We love stories that resonate for reasons other than just the artists’ songs. Artist profiles are great, so are essays about relationship to craft or about how a piece of music changed perspectives in a surprising or profound way.

Rate: $80 minimum for 800–1,800 words. 


We’re interested in personal essays and memoir, especially pieces that delve into identity, mental health, and the intersection between art and life.

Rate: $80 minimum for 800–1,800 words.

Deadline: May 31, 2022


Rate: $80 minimum for 800–1,800 words. The contributor's piece will be published in our online magazine and will become part of The Daring archives.