Pitch stories, not essays. We do publish essays and criticism on Code Switch. But it is hard to create an essay that fits the voice, mission and ethos of any particular blog, even for the folks who work at it regularly. (We occasionally spike — i.e., don’t publish — our own essays. That’s how hard it is to pull it off.) As such, they are a very heavy lift, especially if you’re working with us for the first time.
Only very rarely do we greenlight an essay we didn’t commission, and we don’t publish polemics. Until we’ve established a working relationship, try to hook us with a riveting narrative. When the ethnic slur “cracker” made its way into the news earlier this year, for example, Gene Demby looked into the word’s history and discovered that it had been appropriated by an unlikely group.