How to pitch a story to us

We publish original content from a wide range of authors on our website in our Stories section. We aim to challenge the way that readers think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.

We are always looking for new writers. We are particularly interested in hearing from UK-based writers from racially minoritised communities, and writers with direct lived experience of neurodivergence, disability and deafness.

In 2020, we are also looking to commission writing on the topics of:

  • Play
  • Happiness
  • The sense of touch
  • Technologies of seeing

We tend to commission in the following formats, but we are always open to new ideas, particularly where the content suggests it.

  • Serials (like Painful Realities) which unpack a narrative over six instalments, each of which is around 1,000 words.
  • Standalone articles (like How can I stop fainting?) including opinion and personal experience pieces; usually about 750 words but can be longer for the right story.
  • In pictures (like The evolution of war-zone medicine): a set of images, either from our collections or commissioned, accompanied by a short narrative that gives context.

We pay writers, and everything on our website is published under a Creative Commons license. Your pitch should include an outline of what the story will cover, why it is right for our website, the format it will take, a proposed word count, when you could submit a first draft, and, if relevant, who you will interview.

The lead times on our content often varies (we may hold something back to coincide with a particular occasion), but a rough timeline from pitching to publication is around two to three months. Please only pitch if you can produce the proposed content within this time frame.

If you have a story idea you’d like to share, please send your pitch (no more than 350 words), along with examples of your writing, to stories@wellcomecollection.org. While we will give all pitches due consideration, we cannot reply to every email.