Off/Cuts
Off/Cuts

Logistics

  • Submissions are currently closed for our first batch of stories, but our submission guidelines remain below for reference. Updates will be posted here when submissions are open again. In the meantime, please email any questions to pitches@offcutsfood.com. Thanks for your interest!
  • Our favorite pitches draw us in from the start with a strong lede, show you’ve thought about the framework of the story you’d write, and explain why you’re the person to write the piece.
  • We appreciate a genuine voice. Write how you speak and don’t try to impress us with flowery language. Please also include links to some of your prior work for us to check out. Examples do not have to be published work. If you still don’t have anything that fits, send an example of a piece you love that you think is similar in style to what you’re pitching.
  • We respond to all submissions and try to do so quickly. If you haven’t heard back after a week, feel free to follow up. Sometimes things get missed!
  • Yes, we pay. Not as much as we’d like, but more than some. And we pay promptly. No filling out ten forms, no reading user manuals just to join a billing service you’ll only use once, no waiting for months on end for payment to be processed.

Content

Off/Cuts will focus on stories by and about the lesser-known members of the food and beverage industry, as well as under-celebrated ingredients.

Examples of things we’re looking for include:

  • Profiles of interesting cooks, dishwashers, farmers, migrant workers, winemakers, servers, barbacks, etc.
  • Stories about unknown or uncelebrated ingredients. Not miso, but maybe koji. Balut and chochin, not sous vide eggs. Anson Mills, not Uncle Ben’s.
  • Personal essays about your experience in the industry.
  • Pieces that address social issues are especially welcome. Things like sexism, racism, LGBTQ rights, harassment and abuse of all forms, wage issues, immigration policy, environmental policy, and addiction are especially relevant in the industry and many of our stories should reflect that truth.
  • Short fiction related to the food and beverage industry. Preferably pieces with some humor. That are actually funny. This one’s tough, but surprise us?
  • Photo essays.
  • That story you’ve always wanted to write but just haven’t found a place for. Try us. Really.

Things we’re not looking for:

  • Listicles, city guides, restaurant reviews, gift guides, etc.
  • Celebrity chef profiles.
  • Regurgitated press releases.

Thanks for your interest. We hope to hear from you soon!