Creative Brief
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Creative Brief

Writing for The QUO

The Quo is an aggregator magnifying the scope and potential of those already engaged in reimagining the status quo. We do this through the use of our media platform that merges the disparate efforts of activists, volunteers and organisations.

At The QUO we are committed to:

  • Amplifying ideas and perspectives that challenge the status quo
  • Resisting racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia and homophobia
  • Encouraging empathy and creating community
  • Connecting individuals with local organisations tackling issues that matter to them most


Your submission should ideally fall into one (or more) of the following issues:

  • First Nations
  • Health Care
  • Iconoclasts
  • Identity
  • Migration & Displacement
  • Minority Voices
  • Our Environment
  • Power & Policy
  • Technology for Purpose

If you have an idea that falls outside these categories but still critiques or reimagines the status quo please feel free to submit

What we are looking for

  • 600-800 word articles (nonfiction)
  • Submissions that reflect community journalism at its most daring
  • Stories covering new ground — interviews from those we rarely hear from, topics ignored by traditional news cycles
  • Work that engages in or opens up critical or creative dialogue with other community members


Your pitch should include a short description of the proposed article, length, and how it captures the ethos of The QUO. Links to past samples of your work are helpful too, so is a brief bio about you. It is essential that you read through our stories before writing your pitch to acquaint yourself with the kind of work we publish.

A more elaborate guide to to writing pitches can be found here.

Hearing back from us

Please note, unfortunately publication slots are limited, and we cannot accept all the work we would like to. However, we endeavour to respond to pitches within 1 month of submission. If your pitch is relevant to a specific date, please write, 'date specific', in the subject line.


The QUO pays all of its contributors. Read more about our payment scale here.