The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports a wide variety of nonfiction stories related to economic hardship. This includes features reported essays and reported opinion pieces.

For opinion pieces or personal essays, submit the full piece by using our Submittable page. Only previously unpublished works are considered.

Formatting: Times New Roman 12 pt. font double spaced submissions, 1000 words or less. 

For features or longer pieces, submit a developed, reported pitch indicating access where necessary and intended article length. Also send links to your best previously published writing. Unfortunately, our reading period is closed for features at this time. 

Please also note publications where you might want to co-publish your proposed piece. If possible, please, approach potential publications to gauge their interest before submitting to us: our support is conditional on co-publication. 

Photo/video submissions

We’re interested in innovative visuals that tell a narrative of economic hardship. Photo essays, portraits series, and mini documentaries are all welcome. We welcome a range of styles from reportage, to formal portraits, to experimental video. 

Individual submissions are limited to 30 photographs or a five-minute clip. You are welcome to submit as often as you like.

Submit Online

Send low-resolution images (72 dpi) using our online submission form along with a link to your work and a pitch or a query letter attached. All images should include captions in the metadata or an attached caption document.

Thank you for your interest.

For features or longer pieces, submit a developed, reported pitch indicating access where necessary and intended article length. Also send links to your best previously published writing.

Please also note publications where you might want to co-publish your proposed piece. If possible, please, approach potential publications to gauge their interest before submitting to us: our support is conditional on co-publication. 

UNFORTUNATELY OUR READING PERIOD FOR INVESTIGATIVE PIECES IS NOW CLOSED

For opinion pieces or personal essays, submit the full piece by using our Submittable page. Only previously unpublished works are considered.

Formatting: Times New Roman 12 pt. font double spaced submissions, 2000 words maximum. 


Currently only accepting submissions for our growing Instagram account @economichardship.

We’re interested in innovative visuals that tell a narrative of economic hardship. Photo essays, portraits series, and video clips are all welcome. We welcome a range of styles from reportage, to formal portraits, to experimental video. Submit work as it would appear on Instagram, in format and sequence. Attached caption document is required. 

Projects can be produced or completed within the last year. Limited previous publication is acceptable. Featured projects on Instagram will be compensated and can be considered for future grant support. 


Submit using our online submission form along with a link to your work and a pitch or a query letter attached. All images should include captions in the metadata or an attached caption document.