The Forward and Yiddish Forverts regularly accept submissions from outside contributors. The best guide to our style and content is our newspapers and websites themselves; the best way to figure out what we're looking for is to read them. Here are some additional details to assist you in pitching stories to our editors.
If your work is accepted, we will require a signed contract, granting The Forward exclusive, first-time publication rights and a subsequent non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, adapt or display the work in any medium worldwide during the copyright term of the work. Authors own the rights to and are free to sell or license the work elsewhere four weeks after its initial publication by The Forward. Complete details are in the Contributor's Agreement which we provide.
Fees differ depending on the intended medium, section and the work in question. Your editor should inform you of the rate upon commissioning your work. (If he or she does not, feel free to ask.) In the event that a written work accepted for publication is not used, the writer generally will receive 50 percent of the agreed-upon fee.
Contributors are paid by electronic transfer (ACH) to their designated bank accounts, where available, and elsewhere by check.
The most efficient way to submit a query is via email, to the appropriate editor (see below). We consider both completed work and pitches, and simultaneous submissions are fine as long as we are notified. Mailed or faxed submissions may not receive a reply.
A note of advice: We look kindly upon formal pitches — those comprising the first few paragraphs of the prospective piece, including the section commonly referred to as the "nut graf" — or outlines and rough cuts of multimedia work.
Stories from outside the New York metropolitan area are in particular demand. Also, keep in mind that we are looking for material not already covered in other mainstream media. The Forward follows AP style, and adherence to it in your pitches and final works is greatly appreciated. Hold on to clips and any other large attachments, unless specifically requested by a Forward editor.
NEWS: The News section is looking for unexpected stories about the Jewish world. The section includes breaking news, if it has not been covered elsewhere, but most of our freelance submissions look at unusual circumstances, people and/or trends. The most successful pitches describe something happening in a specific place (a new form of worship in Oregon or a legal battle over a synagogue in Romania). The section generally does not include broad profiles of communities or people.
OP-ED: The Forward Forum is, as its name implies, a forum for commentary on issues of importance to American Jewry. We're open to all opinions, so long as they're well-written and well-argued. Analytical pieces are our usual fare, but personal stories are also welcome, so long as they convey a broader message. Written submissions should be 750 to 1,000 words in length, preferably sent as a Microsoft Word file. We try to respond to every submission, but if you haven't heard from us within two weeks of pitching, you can assume we've decided to pass.
ARTS & CULTURE: Arts & Culture includes features about and reviews of literature, film, theater, visual art, music and dance. In addition, the section also regularly includes broader "ideas" pieces (on, for example, how the development of the information superhighway affected American spiritual life, or why there's no such thing as Jewish guilt), as well as occasional works of fiction and poetry.
FEATURES: The Forward includes features on lifestyle, food, sports, fashion, travel, entertainment and holidays. The Fast Forward section's tone tends toward the breezier side, and trend pieces — non-Jews dancing the hora at their weddings, for example, or the new demand for designer kippot — are featured most prominently and are in the greatest demand.
SPECIAL SECTIONS: The Forward publishes several regular special sections on subjects including education, health and genetics, philanthropy, museums and exhibitions, and food. See our current editorial calendar online. Send submissions at least one full month in advance to Dan Friedman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLOGS: The Forward publishes a variety of blogs and other online features, most of which also accept outside submissions: