In Unfiltered, we’re taking an honest look at what relationships, mental health, and life in general really look like for 20- and 30-somethings today. We publish stories about all the ways people try to live their lives a little bit better… and screw up even as they give it their best shot. We celebrate the process, the backslides, and the learning moments as much as—maybe more than—the wins.

We’re seeking strong writers from all backgrounds to share their personal experiences and the surprising lessons they’ve learned. Why? Because we’re all trying to figure sh*t out, and being inspired by others’ vulnerability, bravery, and humor reminds us we’re not alone.

Topics We Regularly Cover:

Mental health (loneliness, anxiety, depression, stress)
Relationships of all kinds (love, dating, friends, family)
Journeys about weight loss and gain, body image, or generally getting healthier

Topics We Occasionally Cover:

Career; work/life balance; productivity
Struggles with substance abuse
Social media and technology

Topics We Never Cover:

The joys and difficulties of being a struggling freelance writer
Anything extreme or exploitative that plays to shock value
Out-of-touch, privileged perspectives (​10-day meditative retreats in Bali just aren’t up our alley)

1. Personal Essays

Honest, detailed first-person stories about the tough, everyday stuff you’ve struggled with (and are maybe still struggling with). Rather than pretending to have all the answers, our writers show how they’re trying to figure things out. These aren’t the shiny, before-and-after stories with perfectly happy endings that you see in most magazines.


I Said Yes to Everything for 10 Years: Here’s Where It Got Me
What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About Losing a Lot of Weight
Why Ghosting on Someone Is a Totally Acceptable Move
I Let My Friend Control My Tinder—Here’s What I Learned
Why a 92-Year-Old Calling Me Fat Made Me Change My Life
Why I Ran a Marathon, Qualified for Boston, and May Never Race Again
What It’s Really Like to Work Out for the First Time Ever as an Adult

2. Voice-y Lists

These provide a fresh (and often funny) take on a wide range oftopics—from dating to depression to running a 5K. Writers will translate their experiences with a subject into a smart list of all the things you need to know about it.


12 Things You Don’t Need to Have Figured Out by Age 30
14 Awesome Life Milestones People Should Celebrate, but Don’t
How to Make Yourself Feel 1,000 Times Worse After a Breakup

Please submit the following to pitches[@]

  • A potential title for your story in the subject line (so… not just “Unfiltered Pitch”)
  • One clear, concise paragraph explaining your idea and a general sense of the story structure (this should also help us get a feel for your writing style)
  • A one-sentence takeaway you hope readers will learn from your story
  • Links to any published stories (preferably first-person)
  • Any personal photos or examples of GIFs/media to illustrate your story (if applicable)

The fine print: Rates start at $125. First drafts should generally be between 1,000-1,500 words and submitted via Google Docs. We care about paying our writers in a timely manner—payment will be made by the 15th (or the next business day) of the month following the month in which Greatist receives an invoice, provided that invoice is received by the 25th of that month. Upon payment to contributor, Greatist owns all rights in perpetuity, including the ability to republish or revise as deemed necessary.