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Write for Ideas on Fire

Got a great idea for a blog post? Pitch us!

Ideas on Fire is looking for blog post pitches that offer practical advice for building interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented careers within and beyond the academy.

Our authors are cultural producers, editors, scholars, educators, artists, and podcasters who know that interdisciplinary PhDs build vibrant careers in all kinds of industries and fields and love writing pieces to help them do so.

Our main topics include writing routines and practices, academic and crossover publishing (especially books), interdisciplinary careers within and beyond the academy, academic book marketing, creativity, scholarly editing, book indexing, self-care, mentorship for diverse careers, and interdisciplinary teaching.

Check out our blog for examples of the types and tone of the articles we publish. Some key examples of articles we’ve published include Structuring Your Next Book or Dissertation; How to Write Public Scholarship; Academic Book Marketing: Building Your Audience Platform; Mentoring Students Pursuing Non-Academic Careers; How to Create Realistic Writing Deadlines; Rethinking Your Relationship to Reading; Teaching with Podcasts; Daily Self-Care Practices for Your Wellness Routine; Why and How to Write a Book Review; and Performance Tactics to Make Your Presentation Shine.

Before pitching, look through our already published content (blog posts and webinars) to make sure we haven’t already covered it. Your pitch should offer a unique angle or topic that fits our specific audience—skip the generic advice folks can and do get anywhere.

Payment: We pay USD $70 per published post

Post length: 1000–2000 words

Process: To pitch us a post idea, fill out the form below (if you haven’t already published with us, please upload your resume and links to similar pieces you’ve published). If your idea sounds like a good fit for our audience and our editorial calendar, we’ll ask to see the full piece. If we decide to publish it we’ll draw up a contract with you, and if we decide it isn’t a good fit for us, we’ll let you know (and encourage you to submit it elsewhere because chances are there is a publisher/platform that is a better fit). If accepted, your piece will go through our editing process and then get published on our website!

Please note that we only accept ORIGINAL pitches: your piece can’t have already been published elsewhere (including your own website) and your idea should be your own, not someone else’s.

See our privacy policy for how we keep info you submit through this form secure.