Skip to content

Call for Pitches: Midwest Travel & Road Trips

by Angela Zonunpari

Illustration featuring highlights, landmarks, and notable people of southern Illinois.
Photo Credit: Judith Mayer
Take a road trip across Southern Illinois filled with natural landscapes, quirky roadside attractions, historic monuments, and a stretch of Route 66.

Tell us about your favorite road trip stops in the Midwest! Which hidden gems do you share with your friends who are traveling the region or visiting your community?

We’re looking for stories about sites, scenes, and experiences in the Midwest — places and spaces distinctly of this region that excite and inspire — a must-see for any Midwest traveler or your new-to-town neighbor!

Our stories have covered a one-of-a-kind museum in Wisconsin preserving artist-built environments, Indigenous chefs turning the table on Native foodways, a tour of Arab Indianapolis, art-focused hotels in the Midwest, an art fair by, of and for Black artists, and the frozen custard capital of the world.

We’re excited to bring more stories that show the expansiveness of cultural experiences and distinctiveness of communities in the Midwest. So, if you have a great story from your community, pitch it to us!

We’re focusing on stories from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Native Nations that share this geography. Pitches from outside of this region will not be considered.

Pitches are due March 25, 2024.

Selected pitches will be contracted for written feature articles, to be published by Arts Midwest’s Creativity News Desk starting mid-May 2024. We plan to contract at least six stories from this open call. Refer to the rate sheet below for compensation details.

Timeline & Compensation

  • February 26, 2024 – Call for Pitches opens
  • March 25 – Call for Pitches closes
  • Week of April 8 – Notifications to selected pitches
  • Mid-May to July – Stories published
Short-Form Feature Story500-750 words$500
Full Feature Story750-1,000 words$750
Three-Story Written PackageUp to 750 words per story$2,000

How To Pitch Us

The Call for Pitches will close on March 25, 2024. We’ll send notifications to selected pitches during the week of April 8.

To pitch us, fill out our pitch submission form. You’ll be asked for the following information:

  • What does your story feature? (50 words)
    • Tell us about what you’d like to feature and what makes it a special experience that excites and inspires? 
  • What is the story you’d like to share about this place or experience? (100 words)
    • Tell us a little more about the specific angle you’d like to approach the story from. What aspects of the story/subject are you most interested in? What parts of this story excite and inspire you as a traveler?
  • What is your connection to the story/subject? (50 words)
    • Why this story or subject?
  • Will you be the writer for the story idea you’re pitching?
    • Yes.
    • No, I’m just submitting the idea for Arts Midwest to assign to someone else.
  • If you answered ‘Yes’ above, provide a short bio about you and your work. (100 words)
  • Provide links to up to three work samples and/or a portfolio so we can get an idea of your range of work.
    • Work samples do not have to be published works, but should show your reporting, interviewing, and writing skills.

Our Travel Coverage

Ready to pitch?

Fill out the pitch submission form below! You are welcome to submit multiple pitches if you have more than one. If you have any questions about the pitch process, contact Managing Editor Angela Zonunpari.

Submit a Pitch Email Angela Zonunpari

  • Headshot of a person of medium light skin tone and long wavy black hair, wearing a white frilly collared top under a blue coat.

    Managing Editor

    Angela Zonunpari (she/her) is the Managing Editor at Arts Midwest. She specializes in copywriting, editing, and creative storytelling and has worked in advertising and art communications for over 10 years.