JewishBoston.com seeks submissions from freelance writers on a wide range of cultural subjects relevant to the Boston Jewish community, including pop culture, food, holidays, religion and parenting.
Do you have something interesting to say and the writing skills to say it well?
JewishBoston.com, a website designed to make it easier for people to participate in Jewish life, is seeking content submissions on a wide variety of Jewish subjects, both timely and evergreen, for our brand-new, cutting-edge website platform launching in March.
Ideal writers have experience in print and/or online journalism with proven storytelling instincts, expert reporting and research skills, and a portfolio that’s varied in both subject matter and style. They are eager to write about (and have fun with) a wide range of cultural subjects relevant to the Boston Jewish community, including pop culture, food, holidays, religion and parenting, and know how to mix up content creation with satire, lists, charts, GIFs, photos and more.
A strong working knowledge of Jewish culture, history and religion is a must. Knowledge of AP style is also a must.
Think you have what it takes? Please pitch us your best version—in about 500-1,000 words—of at least one of the following prompts, or something similar you think is particularly relevant to the Boston Jewish community:
- Shortest Shabbat services in Boston (reviews geared toward young adults)
- Best and worst excuses for not going to Shabbat services (ask your friends!)
- Best reasons for going to Shabbat services aimed at young adults
- Most delicious Shabbat onegs at Boston synagogues
- Descriptions and reviews of Boston’s Tot Shabbat services—and snacks (geared toward parents with young children)
- Man-on-the-street interviews: What is Shabbat, and how do Jews observe it? (with responses from both Jews and non-Jews from a variety of neighborhoods)
- Fun Purim cocktails from Boston bartenders
- Purim mishloach manot baskets 101, plus Boston-themed ideas
- Man-on-the-street interviews: What is a hamentashen, and how do you spell it? (with responses from both Jews and non-Jews from a variety of neighborhoods)
- Which “drinking” holiday is more violent in its origin: Purim or Saint Patrick’s Day? (with perspectives from a local rabbi and priest)
- How Bostonians spice up their matzah during Passover (most creative ideas for getting through the week)
- The Four Questions: MBTA Edition (which T line represents which of the four children and why?)
- What it’s like using Jewish dating apps in Boston
- Diary of a Jew new/returning to Boston (What’s it like going to events solo or with friends and figuring out how to get involved in the community? Is it intimidating? Welcoming?)
- A Jew’s guide to religious festivals in the North End
Here’s the deal: We want to have a little fun while also providing relevant content for our growing audience. If we like your piece, we’ll pay you and publish it, and ask you to write more! (Payment depends on the type of piece you submit; we pay more for articles with demonstrated research and reporting.)
Please keep in mind that we don’t accept previously published work, including any personal blogs. If you’re sending your submission to multiple publications, please let us know immediately if it’s being published elsewhere.
Please send your submission as a complete, original post to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a brief bio and contact info.