Want to write for us?

Then we’d love to hear your ideas. The Deep publishes thoroughly researched, deeply reported narrative non-fiction about Atlantic Canadian people, places, and ideas. Stories should range from 4,000 to 8,000 words.

Before pitching to us, consider the following:

What's Your Story?

We’re looking for stories, not subjects. Narratives, not thinkpieces. Creative nonfiction is often grounded in newsworthy or topical events and issues, but those ideas are brought to vivid life by a focus on people, places, and scenes. In other words, storytelling.

So as much as possible, let us know:

  • Who are the main subjects/characters whose experiences will drive forward the narrative action of the story? The kind of in-depth reporting we want to publish will require intimate access to, and cooperation from, your subjects.
  • What are the key locations? 
  • What is the narrative arc? 
  • What are some of the key scenes you can describe? 
  • Does the story involve some key dramatic conflict—whether institutional, interpersonal, personal, or otherwise—that will make for compelling storytelling?

What's Your Style?

We’re not looking for flowery writing, but we do want to publish writers whose prose style is accomplished, engaging, and evocative. Craft your pitch accordingly.

Explain why The Deep is the right place for your story, and why you’re the person to write it. And of course, include a couple of your best previously published clips, regardless of subject matter.

How to PItch

If you’ve never pitched something of this kind before, take a look at former Walrus and Maisonneuve editor Drew Nelles’ guide to writing a magazine pitch letter.

And read some of our favourite recent long-form pieces to get a sense of how we approach storytelling:

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?

Midnight in the Garden of East Texas

This Will End Well


Send pitches and queries to info@thedeepmag.ca