Frequently asked questions
What type of stories do you publish?
Features 800–1,200 words
We’re looking for descriptive pieces that explore the nuances of a story and give sufficient context for readers around the world. News submissions should be based on interviews that represent varying perspectives, and verifiable facts and numbers.
Explainers 750 – 1,000 words
There are a lot of issues being talked about at any moment in Nepal. Whether it be a new law, a corruption scandal, a social issue that’s on everyone’s mind, or a big event; if you like elaborating on a topic and providing clarity to a complicated issue, we’re all for it.
Opinions 750 words
Have a strong opinion on an issue that you want to express in written form? Email it to us! We like more analysis and less rhetoric, and do not endorse writing that is deliberately inflammatory. The context and nuances of an issue are essential and should be clearly laid out. Give evidence to back up your claim.
Longreads 2,000 – 5,000 words, or more
We encourage rigorous, in depth investigations on stories that haven’t yet been told. A good longread explores the social, historical, and political dimension of an issue and pays attention to the complexities at hand. We also welcome long profiles on people that you think the world should know more about!
It’s not so much a matter of whom you interview, as what you talk about. Does your interview tell a story? Does it give depth to your subject?
Photography & Art
We love art and want to have more photo-essays and virtual exhibitions on the Record. If you want to explore ways in which you want to collaborate us on photo and art series, reach out!
We review books, film, and theater. If you want to review something else, just ask.
When considering reviews, we’re looking for a critical evaluation of a work, not a straightforward summary or straight-up criticism. Best are reviews that are essays in their own right that manage to comment on a work and expand on its theme(s) through thoughtful reflections.
* Currently, we do not publish poetry. (But we read it, and you should too.)
Classics on The Record
Have you read something from the past that sheds light on the present? Did you stumble across a trove of old photos? Our classics section revisits noteworthy fiction and non-fiction texts, images, audio, and video footage from Nepal’s past. We’re always looking for recommendations, so let us know if you have something to share.
Don’t think your work fits into one of these categories? We’re open to new things. Write to us.
Is there a word count?
Yes. We respect our readers’ time, and publish concise stories. Our preferred lengths are as follows:
Explainers: 750 – 1,000 words
Long Reads: 2,000 – 5,000 words, or more
Opinion: 750 words
Features: 800–1,200 words
Before you make a submission, you may want to check out our editorial style guide.
Do you pay?
Yes. Payment is based on the type and length of your submission. Please contact us for more information about our rates. All prices are in Nepalese Rupees. USD rates will be calculated based on the rates when submissions are made.
Long Reads: 10,000 – 50,000
Explainers: 2,500 – 5,000
Features: 5,000 – 10,000
Opinions: 5,000 – 10,000
Photos: 200 – 1,000 per photo, and for Photo story: 5,000 – 10,000
Videos: 10,000 – 50,000
I don’t think my story is ready for the public. Can I still send it?
Don’t fret; that’s what our editors are for. If you simply want to make a pitch, we are happy to work with you to develop your idea.
Do you publish photo stories? What about video?
If you’ve got photos, videos, audio recordings, or anything in between, we’re more than happy to explore the appropriate format for your work. Our only requirement is that it should entertain or edify.
I sent something, but I haven’t received a reply. What does that mean?
Patience, Grasshopper. We have a tiny staff and a lot to do. That being said, if you haven’t heard from us in thirty days, please assume that we are unable to publish your submission.