Pitch to Lateral

Lateral accepts pitches about any topic relating to science and its interaction with society and culture. To get a good idea about the types of articles we publish, check out our past issue archives. We do not currently accept submissions of completed articles. 

Sign up to our pitching newsletter to receive more info about specific ideas our editors would like Lateral to explore, upcoming deadlines, potential commissions, and opportunities at the magazine.

Pitching Guidelines

  • Feature (themed) articles are typically between 1,200 and 2,000 words, while general (non-themed) articles are typically between 800 and 1,200 words. Please make clear what kind of article you are pitching and its approximate word length. 
  • Please include:
    • An outline of the article you wish to write (the topic, your angle, key points to address and questions to explore);
    • Some background information and/or links to articles on the broader topic, and an explanation of what new information or angle your piece will provide; and
    • Key contacts or stakeholders you might approach for comment
  • Your pitch should give us a clear idea of the topic and tone of the proposed article, and we should also be able to see how it will fit into Lateral’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between science and society.

We currently pay AUS$50 for features and AUS$30 for other types of articles.

Upcoming Themes

Each monthly issue publishes a number of articles on a specific theme. See below for upcoming themes, but remember that we also publish non-themed articles on any topic. 

  • Issue 22 (May): Current
    • Feature pitching deadline: 16th of March, 2017
  • Issue 23 (June): Night
    • Feature pitching deadline: 20th of April, 2017

Where to send your pitch

Please send pitches to the relevant email address:

General/miscellaneous pitches: editor@lateralmag.com

Art & Popular Culture pitches: artcult@lateralmag.com

Life Science pitches: lifesci@lateralmag.com

Physical Science pitches: physsci@lateralmag.com

Philosophy & History pitches: philhist@lateralmag.com

Society & Education pitches: socedu@lateralmag.com