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Catapult Reportage Grant (online magazine only)
Ends on March 31, 2017
Catapult invites writers and reporters to submit to us one paragraph pitching a human interest piece, flexibly defined, and 2 clips. The writer of the winning proposal will receive a $500 grant to do a clearly-defined project intended to yield a reported essay of 2000-6000 words which a) stands on its own as a remarkable piece of writing and b) tells us something about the place where you live. Women and people of color, especially those beginning their careers, are strongly encouraged to apply. Good examples to aspire to, if they are helpful, would be Lucas Peterson’s “The Fight to Protect Los Angeles’s Endangered Street Vendors,” Kathryn Schulz’s “Citizen Khan,” and Saba Imtiaz’s “A Stage Set for Slaughter.”
Strong projects will be limited enough that reporting can be completed within about 2 weeks, and a publishable draft of the story will be submitted promptly. The grant will be given in full to the writer to spend at their discretion—Catapult hopes that it will fund writer’s time, local travel, and daily expenses.
The magazine is open to considering projects which incorporate photo, sound, or video, in addition to text. The narrative that comes of this project will be published on their online magazine, Catapult (catapult.co), and the writer may co-publish with a print magazine or newspaper.
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