Proposing an online article

Wellcome Collection publishes original content from a wide range of authors on our website, wellcomecollection.org/explore. Our online stories challenge the ways people think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art.

We’re open to different approaches, but we tend to commission:

  • Digital stories – unpacking the many layers of a particular topic through a set of six articles; each instalment is around 1,000 words.
  • Essays – narrative journalism, including opinion and personal experience pieces; usually about 750 words but can be longer for the right story.
  • Behind-the-scenes – giving insights into the process of researching, curating or creating a piece of work, up to 1,500 words.
  • Galleries – a set of images, either from our collection or commissioned, accompanied by a short narrative that gives context.

We pay our writers, and everything on our website is published under a Creative Commons license. A pitch needs to include an outline of what the story will cover, why it is right for Wellcome Collection’s 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.