Politico Magazine is always looking for smart, timely journalism aimed at a broad, but well-informed audience with a deep interest in politics. We publish both original reporting and distinctive opinion journalism that illuminate the people, ideas and institutions that matter most in American politics and government. We‘re much less interested in garden-variety op-eds, especially on narrow subjects or those with a limited shelf life. And all of our articles are exclusive.
What works: Big swings at big subjects. Deep dives on the hidden forces shaping politics in a key state. Timely, original reporting on matters of national importance. Well-targeted book excerpts. Profiles of the major players influencing the political debate—or the backstage players who soon will. Unique data or new findings that challenge the conventional wisdom. Smart, elevated media criticism.
What doesn’t: Op-eds on committee hearings, obscure pieces of legislation or highly specific regulation. Clichés. Talking points and predictable partisan rants. Your random thoughts on politics. Anything boring.
If you think you have a story that will enlighten, challenge and surprise our readers, send a completed draft or a brief pitch to email@example.com. Please include your contact information and a few lines about yourself. We’ll try to get back to you within the week.
Authors should submit their pitches directly to us. We rarely take submissions that come from a third party. Authors are required to disclose up front any potential conflicts of interest.