Just about everything begins with a pitch. If you've got a story to tell, an issue to talk about, or a passion you'd like to share, refine it down to a few words and send it our way. Tell us why it's relevant and why you're the one to write it.
If you're new to writing and want an assignment, send us an email about yourself, ideally with a sample of your writing, and we can give you something to research and write about.
We publish 3–4 extended reviews of films or books each issue. If you would like to write a review, email us with what you’d like to review and samples of your previous writing.
There are four general categories of writing in Future Perfect:
- Column: 500–600 words
- Article: 800–1500 words (links to online versions of torrent seas and squash)
- Feature: 2000+ words (link to MRAs)
- Review: 800–1500 words (link to Jiro sushi review)
If in doubt have a good read of Issue 1 to get a feel for what kind of writing we're after.
Unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished content are always read. Only in exceptional cases will content that has previously appeared online be accepted as-is for print.
Future Perfect features a wide variety of content—Australian and international politics, Russian literature, squash, to name a few from Issue 1—in a widely accessible style. What is this “widely accessible style”? It resists unexplained terminology or technical, academic language. It is happy to make a point via an elaborate joke or a reference to a cartoon from the 90s, but isn’t bogged down in so much pop culture that it starts to look like a Buzzfeed quiz.
A style that entices a reader into sustained, earnest written explorations of all kinds without them being scared away by a 2000+ word count. Writing that is transparent and immediate, one that treats its readers with hospitality and confidence.
If we like the sound of your pitch and have confidence that you can pull it off, we'll negotiate a word count and a deadline for your piece of writing and assign an editor to you.
You may have already been given or negotiated a word count with one of our editors. If within the very early stages of your writing you find that the agreed upon word count is inappropriate, get in touch, this is not a problem. If you find your word count disagreeable a week before your due date, this is more of a problem. Please try your best to structure your work well in advance, to address any potential issues before they become issues.
A deadline for your first draft will be negotiated when your pitch is given the go ahead and a word count has been settled upon. If the piece is not ready by this time it may be considered for a future issue.
You may require certain visual elements to feature at specific points in your piece of writing, an artwork you make references to, for example, or a graph of information that is important to a point you're making. Get in touch as soon as you know you need particular imagery. Hunting down license holders to get permission to print certain images can be a painful and time consuming process!
You may also have ideas in mind for artwork to accompany your piece of writing. If there are particular photographers, artists or illustrators that you feel would be perfectly suited to make visual content to complement your writing, let us know well in advance. Most often we work with a small number of artists to make unique, distinctive artwork that complements and responds to your written content.
If in doubt over usage, follow the Guardian's style guide. Once your article is finished, our copy editor will go through and help your writing conform to the Future Perfect style guide which differs only very slightly from the Guardian's.
One of our editorial team will be assigned to you and keep up with your progress. He or she will be your go-to person for any questions or issues.
Once you submit your first draft we will send it back with a few suggestions and queries for you to use to revise your work. A healthy dialogue between writer and editor is encouraged either by phone or email. The writer reserves the right to