Writing Submission Resources

The Atlantic “We want your riveting, original, weird, and wonderful stories about science, technology, and health.” See their guidelines for more information.

Scientific American @sciam For articles on recent scientific discoveries, technical innovations and overviews of ongoing research.Requires a proposal letter (see website for details).

The Scientist @TheScientistLLC For anything science related. Requires a pitch first, articles are about 700 words.

Mind Matters Blog @Scientific American “Are you a scientist who specializes in neuroscience, cognitive science, or psychology? And have you read a recent peer-reviewed paper that you would like to write about? Please send suggestions to Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook (garethideas@gmail.com), a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist at the Boston Globe.”

In Person on Science Magazine These are personal articles about your experience as a scientist. “Your essay should be about 800 words long and personal in tone. Please send us your submission as an editable text document attachment in an e-mail message, addressed to snweditor@aaas.org (Subject: In Person submission); Microsoft Word format is preferred, but OpenOffice format is acceptable. Please do NOT include photographs or other attachments with the original submission. We will give each manuscript we receive careful consideration and contact you within 6 weeks if we decide to publish your essay. Most essays will be edited prior to publication. If you do not hear from us in 6 weeks, feel free to submit your work elsewhere.”

Overthinking It @overthinkingit For critical posts about something related to pop culture. Requires a pitch to the editors first. Articles are 1,000-2,000 words.

Paper Droids We’re looking for women with a strong interest in geek culture, writing and sharing their perspectives on being a geek girl. You are welcome to apply to as many sections as you see fit. (Includes a science and research section!)

The Toast @thetoast The Toast welcomes your submissions! We’d prefer proposals to finished pieces, but that’s neither a hard nor fast rule. We pay all our freelance writers, unless they tell us not to pay them as a form of unofficial progressive taxation. (Welcomes submissions on science and recent research)

Psychology Today @PsychToday We are looking for good, clearly articulated feature ideas–and writers with talent to bring these ideas to life. Nearly any subject related to psychology is fair game. We value originality, insight, and good reporting. See website for details on how to submit.

Scientia Salon Scientia Salon accepts submissions from credentialed academics as well as people generally interested in our themes and who think they have something original and substantial to contribute. Submissions should be sent directly to the Editor with a brief explanation in the email and the main text as an attachment (doc or Pages format). They should be around 2000-3000 words in length, though longer contributions may be considered (up to, but not to exceed, 5000 words).

SciLogs @FromTheLabBench SciLogs is looking for stories. Any topic in science, engineering, technology, scientific publishing, science communication, science & society, science journalism, ethics of science, etc. is welcome. By etc., I mean that any topic you are passionate about as a scientist, student, science writer, science journalist, or science educator, is a go. A guest blog post to SciLogs.com should aim for a general, science-interested audience. This audience should not be expected to have background or expertise on the topic you are exploring, however, and thus you should define terms, avoid jargon, etc.

Publiscize @Publicsize The mission of Publiscize is to empower scientists to educate the world. As a scientist, journalist, or organization, you can make an account and work with an editor on a piece about your science.

Huffington Post Are you a neuroscientist with an insight to share? Tell us about it by emailing science@huffingtonpost.com.

PLOSone Neuroscience Community We’re always looking for new contributors. Email neurocommunity@plos.org.

Writing Competitions

Nature Futures CompetitionTell a sci-fi story in just 200 characters and win a Nature Futures eBook* and a year’s subscription to Nature

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable Writing Competition
Choose from any of these themes for your essay: An example of entrepreneurship in the biotech industry, An exciting discovery in biology (recent or past), An interesting development in a field of biotech e.g. pharmaceutics, ecological applications, biomaterials, healthcare, etc. Word count: 1200 words max.

Science Writing Internships

Scientific American Summer Internship

Nature 6-Month Internship

AAAS Mass Media Fellows