We buy short, accessible pieces about heartland food and agriculture: stories, tips, recipes, how-tos... The more local flavor, the better, but we encourage you to look beyond stereotypes (cornfields, ranch dressing) and recognize that this is a diverse region. Show us your personality. We encourage doodles, handwritten notes, hand-drawn maps, and scanned-in props.


You don't have to be a professional writer to send a pitch, and your pitches don't need to be long or detailed. We can work together on your ideas. We don't want to run the same stories as national outlets. We're looking for fresh, surprising local perspectives, and we would love to work with knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate people who have never been published. Send your pitches to edit@midwesterner.org. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

For now, we can pay a flat rate of $200 for the content of each weekly newsletter—typically about 400-600 words. We can pay an additional $50 for a high-quality image to accompany your writing. We are open to narrative photojournalism or illustrations and other kinds of submissions. Just ask.

We pay on acceptance, not publication. For speed and convenience, we use PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle.