“Since 1997, Nerve has been a launchpad for young phenomenal writers to find their voice and missions. Some of the most important story tellers in the world have used Nerve to share their work. Really, we’re not kidding, look it up: Mary Gaitskill, Lena Dunham, Chuck Palahniuk, Erica Jong, Emily Nussbaum, Joe Swanberg, Sylvia Plachy, Tao Lin, Norman Mailer, Camille Paglia, Elizabeth Wurtzel, to name a few.
The Nerve Network allows young writers to chase their passions and express honest, fearless thoughts alongside some of the greats. Come show the world what you got.”
Payment: Yes. $300 for posts that receive 40,000 or more unique visitors in a month.
You must join the Nerve Writer’s Network to be a contributor to Nerve. To apply, submit an original piece to Nerve. If it’s accepted, you’ll receive information on what they’re looking for plus a way to contact the editors of Nerve directly.
“Nerve seeks writing that turns us on. We want work that’s fearless and full of uptempo wit, regardless of subject. We want to be shocked. We don’t care where else you’ve published or where you went to school or how old you are. Nerve seeks writing that amplifies experience regardless of genre. Dangerously personal essays and heart-stopping fiction are in our wheelhouse. Well reported pieces on strange obsessions or subcultures still in the shadows, we like those, too. Wow us. Scare us. Change our minds. We seek to have the most fun that’s legal.”
Pitch Information: The first submitted piece should be between 300 and 2500 words and include two to three possible headlines. If your application/piece isn’t accepted, you should hear back in about a week.