Our goal is to deliver thoughtful, inclusive and high-quality content.
Before getting in touch with your idea, please read this guide - it will greatly improve your chances of being accepted.
We ONLY accept pitches from people who currently live or grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas (and North Mexican side of this border region including Reynosa, Matamoros, etc).
We will automatically turn down all pitches that do not center this community or written by someone who is not from here/lives here currently.
You need an idea, something you want to share, and the ability to put together an outline or sketch to show us that your idea is likely to be of interest to our readers. From that point on, we can give you any help that you need as you create your work. Experienced writers and artists all started somewhere, so we would be honored for you to start your career with us.
We are not currently accepting Spanish language pitches, but we aim to do so once we bring on a fluent bilingual editor. Our editor currently speaks pocha Spanish.
We publish content about immigration, reproductive justice, LGBTQ issues, climate justice, regional arts and culture, racial justice, and more.
To get a sense of what kind of content we publish, take a look at the following articles:
Content formats we publish include:
We are currently not accepting pitches for video content.
These rates are determined from the Study Hall guide for fair pay practices.
We do not publish articles aimed for content marketing, selling a product, press releases, listicles or product reviews. The Trucha team will reject pieces pitched to us on behalf of a company, or nameless member of your team.
We work with individual writers. If someone you work with or organize with would like to write for us, great! Send them this guide and they can make contact in the same way as everyone else.
The Trucha audience are workers, teachers, writers, artists, dreamers, doers, organizers, neighbors, tias and primos, neighbors and people who care about sharing the under-told stories of our region. When you write, don’t automatically assume that your reader is a knowledgeable peer. Writing a beginner-level article about a social justice topic is great (we are all beginners at something), but you can assume a starting point of some familiarity with certain issues.
Writing that comes from real experience, plus well researched opinions are what we aim for.
When we give your outline the green light and ask you to write an article we ask that:
Creating great content is a two-way process:
We would like to see an outline first, rather than a complete article. We can often help authors refine their outline to something we can accept.
Your pitch should include:
When submitting a pitch:
This Call for Pitches guide has been adapted from the following two guides: