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Our stories amplify arts, culture, and creativity in our region. We believe that these stories will inspire, connect and catalyze creative communities.

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Photo Credit: Shigeyo Henriquez

Join our Midwest Creatives Pool

An integral part of our storytelling initiative is to build a community of creatives and collaborators across our nine-state region and the Native Nations that share this geography. We are working with creatives of all kinds to produce stories (written, photo, video, and audio pieces) of Midwestern Creativity. Our Midwest Creatives Pool will be the first to hear from our assignment desk.

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Pitch us a story

We seek, embrace, and value the insight of people reporting from their community, and are actively considering proximity to place and story subject in our commissioning process. We work with writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators, and audio content creators to gather and share impact-driven, people-focused stories across the region, with an emphasis on stories created of, by, and for people of color, Native communities, and rural communities.

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Photo Credit: Pierre Ware

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope our stories will inspire, connect, and catalyze creative communities, and help shift narratives Midwestern communities and identities.

We are looking for stories that:

  • you are excited or inspired by, or want to tell a friend about
  • focus on people and their passion and inspirations, rather than just organizational perspectives
  • are rooted in community activation, cross pollination, and creative intersections between people
  • expand the understanding of what it means to be a Midwesterner, and highlight diverse perspectives and identities, especially BIPOC, Native, and rural voices
  • seek to celebrate what has happened, rather than inform the public about events that will happen
  • show examples of creativity beyond what might be shared in traditional arts coverage


Yes! We are currently commissioning stories in these formats:

  • Short-form content (350-500 words; pitch us a few, if you’d like)
  • Feature pieces (750-1,000 words)
  • Photo essays (10 photos accompanied by a total of 350-500 words in narrative captions)

You can pitch us a story idea here.

Yes, we pay for all contracted work!

We review submissions to our Midwest Creatives Pool and story pitches bi-weekly (every other Thursday). We follow up with creatives/story pitches that fit the goals of our storytelling initiative.

Creatives of all kinds! Writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators, audio content creators, and so on. We’re interested in working with folks who can creatively weave a story together in their medium/s.

You will hear from us when there is a story of interest in your area. We will also go through submitted story pitches every other week and pursue ones that fit our editorial frame for commissioning.

We value the insight of people reporting from their community, and are actively considering proximity to place and story subject in our commissioning process. While we are currently only accepting pitches from our region’s nine states and the Native Nations making up that geography, we encourage anyone with a strong connection to the Midwest to submit their information to the pool for potential opportunities in the future.

Contact our team

Are you curious about other ways you can collaborate with us? Do you have questions about our storytelling initiative? Get in touch with our Managing Editor!

Email Angela Zonunpari

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