New Lines Magazine publishes essays and reported articles on a wide range of subjects focused on, but by no means limited to, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. We cover politics, culture and controversies in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Central Asia. We also conduct deep-dive investigative journalism based on open-source or leaked data.

In short, New Lines will consider submissions on virtually anything provided the story is compelling, well written and factually accurate.

Our publication formats include the following:

  • Reportage: Original reporting from an area or country of interest, which could be anywhere.
  • Investigations: Long-form exposés of timely and newsworthy subjects, from cases of financial or political corruption to intelligence operations, war and cultural scandals.
  • Arguments: Provocative opinion pieces putting forth a policy proposal, undercutting the conventional wisdom or otherwise saying something no one else has said better than anyone else could say it.
  • Anchored in History: Narrative essays anchored in historic events that continue to shape societies today.
  • First Person: Essays of a highly personal nature that tell a story bigger than the writer alone.
  • Review: Thoughtful review-essays on books, films, television series, music or works of art, either newly released or timelessly important.

Pitches and submissions should be sent electronically to: [email protected]

If you plan on submitting a pitch to New Lines, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Make sure it lays out the central theme of the piece in clear and concise language.
  • Avoid jargon, academic or otherwise.
  • Indicate a prospective submission date.

We do not use hyperlinks or academic citations. In general, essays should be between 1,000 to 2,500 words, but can be longer for exceptional submissions.

Standard copyright terms apply for freelance contributions. Once a submission is accepted, it will undergo the standard editing process to ensure clarity, accuracy and fairness.