We welcome pitches on pieces related to arts, culture and social issues – whether these are essays, features, interviews or reviews.

If you’re interested in pitching to our editors find out more about us on the Our Team page, and please send an email to


We are clearing through our back catalogue and are currently closed for submissions.

Here’s a bit more information on how to pitch:

What is a pitch?

A pitch is a short outline of a piece you’d like to write. A pitch usually includes an indication of the style of the piece (personal essay; reported feature; review), some brief context of the subject in question, and why this is urgent or vital reading now.

What is a submission?

If you already have a draft ready, you're welcome to send this as a submission for us to consider. Please also include a short summary (like a pitch) in the body of your email.

What should I do before pitching?

If you haven’t already, familiarise yourself with our site. Read a few articles to get a feel for what The Pantograph Punch is about and what types of pieces we publish.

Some tips for good pitches?

Tell us whether you’d like to write a longform or shortform piece, or include a proposed word count. (We consider a shortform piece to be between 500-1500 words and longform between 1500-2500 words).

Keep your pitch concise – between 1-3 paragraphs. Make sure your idea is clear, and supported by examples, if needed.

If this subject has been written about elsewhere, let us know how your piece will offer a new perspective and why you think it will be of interest to readers.

Anything else?

Include a few sentences about yourself in your email and let us know if you’ve published elsewhere before. If you’re pitching the outline of an idea, it also helps to include a writing sample.

If you’ve sent your submission to other publications, just let us know if it’s accepted elsewhere. We don't accept submissions or pitches for pieces that have been published elsewhere online.

The editorial team at The Pantograph Punch work part-time, so we may not be able to read or respond to your pitch immediately. If you need to hear back by a certain date (for example, the piece is related to an event or exhibition) please let us know when you get in touch.


For our regular publishing our 2023 rates are around $350 for a shortform article and $600 for a longform article. These rates are subject to change: dependent on length, subject matter, the work involved and level of experience of the writers!

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The Pantograph Punch publishes urgent and vital cultural commentary by the most exciting new voices in Aotearoa.

The Pantograph Punch publishes urgent and vital cultural commentary by the most exciting new voices in Aotearoa.

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