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The Brown Alumni Magazine has a long tradition of publishing award-winning, independent magazine journalism. We welcome story pitches from professional writers, and we especially love working with writers who are also alums. We occasionally print first-person writing by alumni. We also encourage all alumni to let us know of stories they think we should be covering, and people we should be profiling. Alumni are our best story scouts!

Send pitches and ideas to If you are pitching the story as a writer, please tell us a little about your writing experience and include links to or PDFs of several relevant clips.

We have a small staff, so responding to your submission may take several weeks.

Here’s more information about submitting to various departments in the magazine:

Our feature stories generally start at 1,500 words and cover Brown alumni, professors, or students who are doing something of national interest or importance.

Under the Elms/News
This is our campus news section. Stories on professors, students, and returning alumni run at 200-500 words.

The Big Issue
A highly packaged, 1,000-word spread on what Brown professors, students, and alumni are doing or saying about an issue of national interest.

The Big Search
A highly packaged, 1,000-word spread on high-impact research being done on a particular topic by Brown professors, students, or alumni.

Courses of Study
A highly packaged, 1,000-word spread on interesting or innovative courses or learning opportunities for undergraduates at Brown.

Beyond the Gates
News and profiles about alumni making an impact in a variety of fields, from arts to science to entrepreneurship. Stories run at about 200-500 words.

Current Obsession
These are “as told to” first person stories about professors or students who have particularly interesting hobbies or interests. As such, this is not a writing opportunity, but we are always looking for candidates for this back page story.

Occasionally, the BAM prints 500- to 800-word essays or historical accounts of life on campus.

The BAM publishes 500- 800-word profile-style obituaries on alumni and professors who have made a particularly big impact on the Brown community or on the nation or the world. If you have special knowledge of someone who would be a candidate for a Farewell, and you have some writing experience, please contact us about the possibility of writing a Farewell.