The Doe is challenging the way people engage with new ideas.
So, you’re interested in writing for The Doe? Great! But first, let’s take care of some basics and show you what we’re all about. The Doe is a digital publication sharing anonymous, verified personal narratives to promote civil discourse. We are the place for people of all identities, backgrounds and beliefs to share personal experiences, blow whistles and spark meaningful conversation.
The Doe will never confirm or deny your identity on our platforms, even if you choose to come forward with your story later. Publishing anonymously gives contributors a safe place to share important stories and removes external factors that might influence how a reader feels about the narrative. No preconceived notions or bias; just honest, unfiltered experiences. For so many, writing under the veil of anonymity is a cathartic and fulfilling experience and leads to better discourse!
The most important thing to note: We publish anonymous, first-person narratives. So, what is a personal narrative? They’re personal, verified nonfiction stories full of vivid anecdotes. One question to ask yourself: What experiences in my life have moved and impacted me, and how might they connect to a larger issue or moment happening in the world? Here are some sample narrative headlines to help paint the picture:
The list of what we do not publish is longer and includes basically everything that isn’t a first-person narrative. We’re here for you to share personal experiences, memories and events, not:
There are many perks to writing a narrative for The Doe. Let’s look at the four major benefits that directly relate to you, the writer!
From pitching to payment, publishing your narrative with The Doe is a seamless process. Our attentive and experienced editorial team will guide you through each step and answer any questions you may have along the way. Please find a detailed breakdown below:
You won’t find traditional articles on The Doe. We only publish verified personal narratives, and we edit exclusively for length and clarity (spelling errors, grammar, general fact-checking, etc.). Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts that will help you as you begin writing up a pitch.
One thing to note: The Doe has themes (Food, Sex, Health) and curations (Insiders, LOL) that will help you angle and narrow down your pitches. By targeting different topics each month or week, we help writers focus their craft and, as a result, share a comprehensive variety of in-depth stories. Make sure to check out our wide range of topics, and look at our upcoming themes and curations to sharpen your ideas.
You’ve got your pitch idea and you’re ready to submit to the editors for consideration. We offer two convenient ways to pitch your anonymous story. Submit your story pitch in just minutes using one of the methods below.
Option 1: Story Submission Form
Submit a short summary of your idea through our secure form, and we’ll get back to you within 14 days. You might want to use this form to get a quicker response and have a more streamlined writing process!
Option 2: Keybase Encrypted Chat
If you’re looking for extra security, submit your pitch through Keybase. You should use Keybase if you’d prefer to keep your identity hidden from The Doe’s editors and/or are concerned about your job or safety when sending over more overt channels.
Pitches should be brief (1-2 paragraphs) and should explain the basic nature of your narrative while answering these questions:
Here’s a recent pitch we received that checks all of the boxes:
Watching trashy reality TV was the only way I coped with the death of a friend...
In late 2018, I lost a friend I was living with at a hostel in North Queensland, Australia. The experience was shattering, especially as most of my other friends moved on from the hostel shortly after. Thousands of miles away from my closest friends and family in London, I retreated into the world of reality TV as often as possible.
I want to write a piece about what it was like to experience the loss of a friend in my twenties and how the ridiculous personalities, neat storylines and schadenfreude effect of watching beautiful people make stupid mistakes quickly became the only way I could cope.
You might be wondering what past writers have said about their experience publishing a narrative on The Doe. Here are just a few testimonials that should give you an idea of what to expect:
“Incredibly liberating. Not only did I get to share my narrative, but I was able to do so in a safe space that respected my privacy.” -Quinn Pro Quo
“Brilliant editors. Clear communication. Swift compensation. Thank you for the opportunity. *insert praying hands emoji* “-Professor McIntosh III, Esq.
“Super seamless. Felt like the future of publication.” -LifeHere
“A wonderful platform with a sophisticated and attentive editorial staff devoted to telling brave and anonymous stories.” -Oswald Tinkleberry
If you need some examples to get your mind working in the right direction, explore some of these narratives that exemplify what The Doe is all about: strong points of view and vivid anecdotes. Take a read to get a better sense of our style.
Still have questions? Email us at email@example.com
So, that’s it. We want your brief, punchy pitches. We want your first-person narratives. We want vivid anecdotes and unique yarns. Most importantly, we want your authentic self to feel comfortable writing for a publication that takes your anonymity seriously!
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We can’t wait to read you on our site!