Pitch us

About the magazine

Are We Europe is a quarterly publication. For each issue, we will commission articles and photo series from young journalists in Europe.

We’re always looking for stories that

  • Capture the theme of each magazine in an original angle
  • Are in-depth pieces of long-form journalism that shed light on the most important issues in Europe today
  • Feature topics, people or places that are underreported
  • Are personal: how does the macro affect the micro?
  • Make difficult topics understandable & compelling for a wider audience through good storytelling
  • Bring borderless perspectives
  • Have a solutions-driven element

Upcoming Issues

From the borders of the Union

Looking from the outside in, from the places where the EU ends

Travel to the edges of the European Union with us and investigate how (non-)membership affects culture and identity beyond its borders. We want to hear from millennials about lived experiences and tangible ideas for the future. In a Europe that many idealise as a space of shared values, how do the ever-present borders of the EU shape people’s daily lives?

Through a geographical journey, we’ll address questions of belonging, freedom and democracy. We are commissioning narrative articles, photo stories, and creative pieces that look both at the present and the future of borders as monetary, cultural, legal, or identitarian lines in. Where does Europe end? And what Europe do people want?

  • Switzerland, which is surrounded by EU members but has been opposed to joining since its conception; 
  • The United Kingdom, which was the first to leave the Union, amid great division in its territory, including talks of Scottish independence and Irish reunification. 
  • Turkey, which applied for membership in 1987. What’s changed to bring about the rising tensions and growing rift with the EU today?
  • EU-hopefuls North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Georgia, who are currently in the application process. What does membership mean to those who apply in the eastern fringes of the EU, amid a daunting geopolitical landscape?
  • Ukraine, which applied amid the Russian invasion of its territory. 
  • Northern Cyprus, which is legally part of the EU, but is under the control of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which the EU does not recognise.
  • Morocco, whose application was rejected by the European Council in 1987 on the grounds that it “was not a European State”. Yet, there is no unequivocal interpretation of that criterion.
  • Iceland, which applied in 2009 and rescinded their application in 2015 after a government change.
  • Norway, which has had an open application to the EU for 60 years, but has stalled its membership process due to lack of domestic mandate. 
  • The Faroe Islands, which is part of the kingdom of Denmark but is not a part of the EU—as is explicitly mentioned in both Rome treaties. In 2013, the EU even imposed sanctions on the self-governing nation due to a fishing dispute. 
  • Outermost regions & overseas countries and territories that are geographically, and sometimes culturally far removed. Together, they have a population of approximately 6.1 million people. What does representation mean for them?
  • Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City: microstates on the European continent, most of which are completely surrounded by EU member states.
  • Kosovo, which has been recognised as a potential candidate for membership by the European Union, but which five EU member states do not recognise as an independent country.

This is (not) a Drugs Issue

Mention drugs and people will think about parties and shady deals, but drugs are much more integrated into the fabric of our daily lives than we think.

The war on drugs has been waged for decades, impacting all aspects of our societies, from our shared perceptions to the making and taking of drugs. In our next issue, we’ll talk about what the war on drugs doesn’t address: our addiction to coffee, our love of alcohol-fueled nights, and our on-again, off-again relationship with tobacco. 

We want to hear about the unspoken place that drugs take in our lives: from ADHD prescriptions and gym steroids to discrimination in pain care, from the chemists tweaking molecular compositions to create ‘legal highs’ to our inability to take a full cycle of antibiotics, contributing to the dangerous rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

We want to read about the access to gender-affirming hormone therapy, birth control and abortion pills. We’d like to dive into the psychology of addiction, the lobby work behind “the pain industry” or the reason why, in Ireland, prescription drugs accounted for two in three overdose deaths in 2017.

If the war on drugs is a battlefield, what are we taking on the sidelines?

  • written articles: snapshots, mid-lengths, longreads and one ultralong flagship story
  • short (fictional) stories with a link to the brief above
  • photo essays
  • creative pieces such as slam poetry, collages, comics, etc

How to pitch

Dates indicated as “pitch deadline” refer to the final pitch deadline, after which we will no longer accept pitches. One week after the pitch deadline, you’ll know if your story has been commissioned.

We’ll expect a first version of the article four weeks later. The process involves several editing rounds and a print deadline, so there is no room for late drafts.

Text stories selected for the print magazine will be remunerated according to fixed prices ranging from 50 to 200 euros, according to their length. Photo stories will be remunerated at a rate of 180 to 250 euros.

Follow the steps in our pitch form carefully. Write your pitch with compelling storytelling and the same amount of care as you would write the article. Remember: how you present your pitch ultimately reflects on our perception of your skills and talents.

Your idea is paramount, but make sure to include an original angle to your subject, sketch out how you plan to write the article. We value creativity, collaboration, and complexity. Also, show us why your story is relevant today for a wider European audience of mostly 18-35 year-olds. Make us care!

Happy Pitching!