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Contributors FAQ

I’m interested in writing for Mezcalistas. How do I get started?

Start by spending some time reading the articles on our site. You might want to consider subscribing to our weekly newsletter to make it easy to stay on top of what we publish.

Write up a three-to-four paragraph pitch describing your story idea, noting where you intend to get your information, and why it might be a good fit for Mezcalistas.

Include a few lines about why you are the best person to write the story. Include links to other posts and stories you’ve written when applicable.

Email everything to info@mezcalistas.com.

What kinds of stories do you publish?

Mezcalistas covers issues and trends in the agave/Mexican craft spirits world. These can be in depth pieces addressing serious topics like sustainability and policy, or people or brand profiles, food and travel, bar programs, fun facts and more. More specifically, we are particularly interested in stories from diverse voices and featuring people whose stories don’t often make it into the news.

For the general types of articles we publish, see our list below.

News stories

These tend to be shorter pieces, reporting on new mezcal developments, noteworthy scientific studies, and other timely developments within the world of Mexican food and beverage. Our goal is to report news in the context of larger questions about the world of mezcal. The most important thing to know is we require a lot of linking out and citing in all of our stories.

Features

These are more in-depth pieces larger issues or questions related to sustainability, policy, profiles, or any of the other topics we regularly cover. These require multiple sources and some in-depth research. Ideally, our features take on some core challenge, tension, or conflict impacting Mexican food and beverages. The best feature stories have a clear and engaging lede, a clear nut graf, and include more than one perspective.

First-person commentary

Have something provocative or counter-intuitive to say about mezcal or Mexican craft spirits? We want to hear it. And if the idea is strong enough, we’ll be glad to help you strengthen your argument. Note: While we’re happy to look at pre-written op-eds, we will often have edits and require our commentators to work within our editorial standards. We rarely publish anything wholesale.

Interviews

We run occasional Q&As with personalities and authors of new books about agave spirits or Mexican food. Let us know who should be on our radar and we’ll share their stories.

Listicles

It’s true, we like a good list as much as the next person (and audiences seem to really like them), but we only want to create lists when there’s some deep content behind it, and not for the sake of creating clickbait. 

Videos, infographics, and photo essays

We always love the chance to make Mezcalistas a more visual place and we’d love to work with more contributors on these types of pieces. Photos, charts, maps, you name it, we’d love to see it!

Crossposts from other sites

Have you written something you want to reach a wider audience? We’re always glad to take a look.

Do you pay for original stories?

Yes. The amount depends on the type of piece assigned and the level of work involved. Email info@mezcalistas.com for more information.

Anything you don’t publish?

Product/restaurant reviews, general food/beverage trends, or straight up advocacy. 

Do I need to disclose conflicts of interest?

Yes, please. Let us know if you have in any way worked with the company or entity you have written about. In some scenarios this might be a deal breaker, but in other cases we’d simply prefer to disclose the affiliation.

How do I work with the editors?

Our editorial process is very hands-on and we may get involved in the story, structure, or sentence-level, depending on what’s needed. But that doesn’t mean we take credit, it just means we have high editorial standards and we hope to help make your work shine!

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