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Blue Collards is a different kind of culinary publication. We use food as a lens to explore identity and culture in the Emerging South. Toward that goal, we are always looking for fresh voices, unique perspectives and compelling stories. If you’re interested in writing for us, we would love to hear from you, but, first, there are some things you should know.

Blue Collards is a digital media and live events brand owned by Rooted Media, a diversified media holdings company based in Pensacola, Florida. Our mission is to bring our readers closer to their food, the earth and one another.

We cover food, drink and culinary travel for an audience of young, urban Southerners. For our purposes, the “South” encompasses the following states, which make up our coverage area:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

We are a young publication with ambitious goals and eclectic tastes. We like writers who see food the way we do: as a fascinating prism that can shed light on the human experience. We will publish features, profiles and personal essays on a wide variety of topics related to food, culture and identity in the Emerging South. Still, we ask that writers wishing to work with us keep the following in mind before submitting a pitch:

  • A massive influx of domestic and foreign migrants is changing the face of the American South. We are interested in stories that explore this shifting landscape. Tell us stories that recontextualize what it means to be Southern — and what it means to be neighbors — in this new landscape.
  • We write primarily for an audience of young adults who reside in the South. Our readers, regardless of their place of birth, must wrestle with two competing desires: to identify with one’s home, on the one hand, and to distance oneself from its hateful history, on the other. We are interested in stories that explore this tension.
  • We are unapologetically activist in our outlook. We are fighting for a South that is more just, sustainable and delightful than the one we inherited, and we believe that food can be a powerful weapon for building empathy and finding common ground.
  • We choose to go about this work in a way that is optimistic, inclusive and proactive. Because of this, we shy away from voices that are cynical, angry or divisive — regardless of the point of view being expressed. We prefer to sing the praises of the present rather than bemoan the sins of the past, and we choose thoughtful conversation over pedantic, partisan prose.

At a more concrete level, there are some things we simply don’t publish. Please don’t send us the following:

  • Recipes
  • Restaurant or product reviews
  • Press releases
  • Articles that have already appeared elsewhere
  • Racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful prose

If you’re still interested in writing for us after reading the points outlined above, great! We love meeting like-minded folks. You can submit a story idea using the form below. Once you hit “submit,” our editors will review your idea and email you if we are interested in publishing it. This process could take up to two weeks. 

An Important Note: We are not currently able to pay contributors for submissions published online. If this is a deal-breaker, we understand. However, we’d encourage you to sign up for our industry mailing list below.

We’re in the process of raising money from investors. Among other things, this will allow us to bulk up our editorial staff and start paying freelance contributors. If you’re a kindred spirit — and want to stay in the know — signing up for our email list is the best way to do so. When you register, you’ll also receive periodic updates about Swing Shift, a community of chefs, farmers and other bright, friendly folks who are changing the face of Southern foodways.

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