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Writer’s Guidelines

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Thank you for your interest in Culinate. However, we are not accepting queries at this time.


Everybody eats. At Culinate, we invite people to reconsider the table: not just what goes on it, but what goes on around it. Food, after all, is the stuff of life. 

How can we go about feeding ourselves in better, more sustainable ways? Celebrate cooking, shop for food with intention? Culinate’s goal is to nourish the mind and spirit as well as the body.

We’re looking for articles that delineate the intersection of real food with real life, and for us, that usually means food cooked at home. Profiles, trends, essays, investigative reports, and seasonal cookery are all welcome. Culinate articles emphasize vibrant stories, memorable characters, and voices that are grounded, authoritative, and fun. Send us writing that satisfies, like good food itself.

If your proposal contains a recipe or two, excellent. We’re building a library of recipes our readers can share, and we’d love to add yours. 

Unfortunately, we can’t accept unsolicited poetry, fiction, artwork, or restaurant reviews.

Please send article queries to, and include samples of your writing. If you're submitting an essay, please submit the entire essay. 

In the subject line of your email, please include either the word "Query" or the word "Submission." If you don't hear back from us within three weeks, please feel free to send us a followup note. 

Culinate currently pays for some, but not all, of the content submitted by freelancers. We accept queries and submissions for the following sections:

Features. Whether recipe-driven or news-oriented, features are central to Culinate. Sample topics include seed biodiversity, potluck cooking, the olive-oil industry, or breakfasts for children. Recipe-focused stories should include two or three recipes. Word count varies from 700 to 2,000 words.

First Person. Personal essays should demonstrate the various roles food plays in our lives. Examples include living with diabetes, teaching children the importance of food, and making amends through food. 800 to 1,200 words.

The Culinate Interview. Friendly chats with food influencers: farmers, activists, writers, policy makers, cookbook developers, and the like. 1,000 words.

Reviews. Critical assessments of food-related books, including cookbooks. 600 to 800 words.

Opinion. A classic op-ed discussing a current food issue.

Dinner Guest Blog. Temporary blogs from a variety of contributors suggesting ways to eat with greater awareness.

The Culinate 8. A themed list of eight quick ideas for better shopping, cooking, or eating.

The Produce Diaries. A brief look at a seasonal foodstuff, with tips on buying, prepping, and cooking.