1) You Do What?
These stories follow the format of a profile. As for subjects, think, “chemist-who-works-as-a-
2) Ask SciFri
. As stated, this is a Q&A column. The writer would generate a thought-provoking, science-related question and interview human sources to help answer it.
3) Food Science. We're still fleshing out this series, but basically, we're looking for singular food stories—e.g., a piece about a real-life Willy Wonka who’s created a meal in one stick of gum.
. As the portmanteau suggests, stories in this section explore artwork that has a scientific angle, or science that is somehow being used to create art. Note
: send pitches to SciArts producer Annie Minoff at aminoff[at]sciencefriday.com.
5) Picture of the Week
. This features a beguiling, science-related image with descriptive text.
6) 10 Questions for...
The idea here is to delve a bit more into the personal life of scientists—how they got into their careers, what they would be doing if they weren't
scientists, what their favorite science-themed movie is, etc.
Of course, a good idea is a good idea, so if you have one that doesn't fit into any of these series, we're still open to hearing it.
Pitches should describe stories that fall between a few hundred words to around 1,000 words, at a rate of $1/word. We fact-check originally reported pieces, so please bear in mind that we'll be asking for an annotated copy of your manuscript once it's edited.