Note: Currently we are over-commissioned, and not accepting pitches from new contributors to the general email address. This will change after the summer of 2019 when we secure further funding.

At the China Channel we welcome pitches and submissions, directed to [email protected]. In particular, we’re looking for:

Reviews: Sharp, informative reviews of recent books on or from China, telling us something a casual reader wouldn’t know already and bringing the topic to life even if they don’t go on to buy the book. (circa 1000 words)

Essays: A broad category, covering culture, society, politics, history, travel and more, and with a wide definition of China. In short, nonfiction writing that offers something original and ideally unexpected. (1000-1200 words, flexible)

Translations: Chinese stories in translation, with a wide remit: fiction, nonfiction, poetry – anything that offers a window into the culture or its literature of greater China. (1000-3000 words, or between one and five poems)

Photography: Either individual photos for our image of the week slot, or especially photo essays, which should explore a facet of China, broadly conceived, in an original way. (6-12 photos)

Multimedia: Audio, video, animations, virtual reality, LOLcats – anything that gives a fresh twist to China is very welcome. (short and sweet)

Letters to the Editor: If you have a response, correction or comment regarding a recent post that you would like to be made public, please email us your letter in no more than 250 words, and include a link to the post which you are addressing. We cannot guarantee that your letter will be published. For shorter comments, tweet us @LARBchina.

We pay for all original articles (except for Letters to the Editor, or where the author waives the fee), but with limited resources. If you haven’t written anything yet, please email us with your idea in the first instance. If you already have something on the page, feel free to attach it along with your pitch. Please bear with us if we are slow getting back to you, and be assured that we read all incoming mail.

If your submission has already been published elsewhere, even in a different version, always include the link or details when you write to us, including if the article is due to be published elsewhere but has not yet. We welcome reposts and book excerpts (which can be longer than our usual essays), but do not pay for them.

All finished articles should be submitted by email as a Word file or Google doc, in Times New Roman, and should include a title and subheader. Please append a brief bio and small headshot, as well as any images (that you have copyright for or are not copyrighted) if appropriate, all copied within the document. For further questions please refer to our style guide.