Pitch to Mosaic!

We're always on the hunt for new ideas and writers. If you'd like to write for us, this is what we're looking for:

Subject matter

A Mosaic story needs to be on a topic or issue that will resonate with a general readership. A scientific or research angle is important too.

Our remit is fairly broad, spanning any aspect of biology, medicine, public health, history or ethics that in some way touches on human health, or the human condition more widely.

Narrative

The most important thing for Mosaic is the story. We’re not after reviews, profiles or essays. What we want is a strong compelling narrative that will engage our readers over 3000+ words.

We have many ‘topic, no story’ pitches, and we won’t commission until we have some idea of what the potential narrative might be. What’s the transformation at the heart of your piece? Where do we start, and where might it end? What’s the journey we want to take the reader on?

Can you sell me the story in a single sentence?

Reporting

Reporting is very important: we’re not interested in a piece that could be written without you leaving your desk. We cover expenses for any travel that is essential to the piece, so tell us how you plan to report the story. Where would you go? Who would you see? What scenes would you be painting in your piece?

What’s new?

‘Why now?’ is another question we ask when considering pitches. We’re not looking for news or investigative journalism, but there has to be a sense of why our readers would want to read about this topic at this moment in time.

Of the pieces we’ve commissioned so far, many draw on new discoveries or new approaches that are transforming a particular field and then explore and explain the science and social/cultural context around it. Others are on timeless topics that have always fascinated, such as ageing or consciousness.

But they are all new in some way. So, what’s been published on this topic before? How is your angle different and what makes your story unique?

Send your pitches to [email protected]

Most Mosaic features are commissioned at 3000 words, for a flat fee plus expenses.