Gothamist, the terrific New York-based website about all things New York (including a healthy dose of pro-bike rage) has decided to get into the long-form journalism game.
Yesterday, the site announced they will pay one journalist $5000 to write a long-form non-fiction piece in the 5,000 to 15,000 word range.
Plus! They are going to edit it and publish it to eBook singles (an angle magazines like the New Yorker and Rolling Stone should perhaps consider). If that latter makes a profit they will share that with you, too.
Here’s the details. You only have until next Friday, so get cracking.
How it will work: We will pay one journalist $5,000 to write a long-form non-fiction piece in the 5,000 to 15,000 word range. Subject: Something relevant to our audience of over one million 20-36 year-old readers in New York, timely but with a shelf-life longer than a week. We’re open to any topic, although we would like something that could be well-illustrated with photos or infographics.
We’ll cover the editing and production and then publish the piece to the various eBook singles platforms (Kindle, Apple, etc.) with a reasonable price: $1 to $3. Then we’ll handle advertising the piece on our NYC site. If this experiment makes a profit, we’ll share them with the writer once we’ve recouped our initial costs. Will this work? We’re not sure—but we want to find out.
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