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How to Pitch Messy Nessy

So you have a story to tell and you have a feeling this is the right place to do it. The good news is, we’re open to finding untapped writing talent. And if you can pitch us some unusual and forgotten stories, even better! 

We’re always on the lookout for article ideas that are quirky, unexpected, weird, avant-garde. Think cultural oddities, unusual subcultures, history’s forgotten scandals, outsider stories, overlooked art movements, unsung heroes, secret places, things hiding in plain sight, weird history, quirky creations, and time-travelling adventures. You know, the stuff that you might Google to the point of carpal tunnel. Perhaps you live in a small town that’s full of untold stories, have a neighbour who lives in a time capsule or enjoy exploring abandoned castles in your spare time.

We accept pitches for in-depth features, short articles, long articles, and everything in between. This includes photo essays that offer unusual perspectives, maps, unique footage, rare historical archives, lost images, etc.


Submit your two best topic ideas. Include proposed title, a few bulleted “takeaways” that you think each story offers +  your proposed photos/imagery for each topic, and where you found those photos.

Original Content:
We don’t publish pieces that have already been shared all over the internet. We’re looking for original ideas that can inspire our audience. Think out of the box!

Unique Angle:
Can you already envision your title that will grab the internet’s attention? Maybe this topic has been covered somewhere/ somehow before – if so, are you bringing new information or offering a new way of looking at the story? Tip: (Avoid topics, facts, information, photos that have beaten to death in other articles). 

Messy Nessy is a very visual site. All pitches must provide 1) links to the proposed photos or 2) explain how and where you will source photos/ imagery.

No set length:
We like long-reads, short-reads, everything in between. But, you must have good imagery and be able to provide proper credits.

We’re particularly interested in uncovering secret histories, boots-on-the-ground coverage of little-known locales, unusual subcultures, profiles of fascinating people, topics that are non-touristy and off the beaten path, rare historical archives, old trends, first-hand accounts of odd gatherings or moments in history, or anything that captivates, evokes nostalgia or a sense of place.

We look forward to hearing from you and if we think it’s the right fit, we’ll let our rates for becoming MessyNessy Contributor!

Pitch Submission

  • Link and/or attachment below
  • Max. file size: 300 MB.

Good luck,
The MessyNessy Team