The Doe is a digital publication sharing anonymous, verified narratives to promote civil discourse. We are the place for people of all identities, backgrounds and beliefs to share personal experiences, blow whistles and spark meaningful conversation.
We offer two ways to pitch your story to The Doe. Here’s how you can submit your story.
Send a short summary (1-2 paragraphs) of your narrative. Include a proposed alias and a sample headline that distills the idea into a few words.
We will review and verify your pitch. It may take a few days for us to get back to you.
We get you onboarded and either share a link for you to submit your draft or schedule a recorded interview with you where we will draft your story.
We work with you directly to finalize, polish and publish your story.
Monetary compensation via check, direct deposit or PayPal will be made within ten business days of publishing your narrative.
After three weeks of exclusivity on The Doe, you own your narrative and can republish it wherever you’d like, with or without your name attached to it.
You won’t find traditional articles on The Doe. We only publish verified personal narratives, and we edit exclusively for length and clarity.
We offer two ways to pitch your story to The Doe. Get started submitting your story below.
Submit a short summary of your idea through our secure form, and we’ll get back to you within 14 days.
Raise awareness, inspire change.
Keep your identity to yourself.
Let go by sharing your story with others.
The Doe will never confirm or deny your identity on our platforms, even if you choose to come forward with your story later. Publishing anonymously gives contributors a safe place to share important stories and removes external factors that might influence how a reader feels about the narrative. No preconceived notions or bias, just honest, unfiltered experiences.
Don’t know what to write about? Explore our themes and curations for ideas and specific prompts. From Love and Mental Health to Politics, Justice, and dozens more topics you’ll be sure to get inspired.
Previous writing experience is welcomed, but not necessary. We are looking for pitches from voices across the spectrum, first-time writers included.
It all starts with a pitch. Please include the following in your pitch:
Be sure to check out our upcoming themes to see what stories we’re looking for right now. We also recommend checking back every month for updates.
We welcome you to pitch even if your story doesn’t fit within one of our upcoming themes. We publish off-theme narratives regularly in our On The Record series and would love to consider your story.
Allowing writers to publish without a name attached gives contributors a safe place to share important stories. It also gives readers a clear opportunity to confront their own biases without influential external factors.
The majority of our writers are compensated for their narratives. The amount can vary for a number of a reasons, but here is the average breakdown:
All of our writers maintain ownership of their stories and may come forward after an exclusivity period, enabling them to continue productive conversations and take pride in their work.
Submit your pitch above and we’ll be happy to discuss our rates in greater detail.
We select stories based on the content and quality of the pitch and its relevance to one of our upcoming themes.
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You know the guidelines, you’ve read the stories. It’s time to add your voice to the mix.