Grid is a change agent with the soul of an alt-weekly... in the form of a monthly magazine. We reflect the best of the Philadelphia region: our social entrepreneurs, food innovators and wellness advocates; our makers and doers, artists and activists. Our priorities and politics are informed by social, racial, economic and environmental justice. Grid reaches over 55,000 intellectually curious and actively engaged readers each month—Grid is distributed free in the Philadelphia region, and is also available by subscription. Our 100th issue hits streets in fall of 2017, and big changes are coming in the spring of 2018.
Print copies can be found at local businesses and events in and around Philadelphia as well as online in a digital edition format (see the "Magazine" tab above). You can also subscribe to Grid to never miss an issue and to support local, independent media.
Advertising: It's how how Grid survives as a free, community-based publication! You can see our rates and be in touch with our team at any time to find out all of your options for ensuring that you reach Grid readers and at the same time support a local, independent magazine that cares about our community.
Fair warning: If you pitch us on a story, especially if it's a story on a company or big event, our advertising team will likely be in touch to provide you with options for reaching our readers, but they don't make editorial decisions (ever); they can only pass on information to our editor (see below for getting in touch directly with story ideas). You can also subscribe or make contributions to Grid to keep us going.
PITCHING STORIES TO GRID
All EVENT submissions should be submitted through the "submit" button on our events page. Please keep in mind that we are a monthly publication, and that we make selections for events three weeks prior to the month your event occurs in (if your event is in December, we need it the second week of November. If your event is at the beginning of the month, submit it eight to 10 weeks in advance to be safe!).
ADVOCATES who believe Grid readers should take action or know about your cause should submit information to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration of publication in Grid Weekly, our newsletter, and possibly for print. We include an action readers can take each week, such as signing petitions, calling on legislators, attending rallies and other events in Grid Weekly. We do not report on or do calls to action for fundraising campaigns.
WRITERS: Story pitches should be sent directly (and ONLY) to Editor-in-Chief Heather Shayne Blakeslee at email@example.com after reading a few issues, understanding our departments and consulting our editorial calendar. (Pitches sent to our publisher will not be considered.) We work two to six months in advance. We are happy to receive pitches from any regionally based freelance writers. One paragraph will do, and we generally pay .20/word on published word counts. Regionally based photographers and illustrators should send a link to their work to our editor to be considered for assignments.
PUBLICISTS should keep in mind our core values, listed above, when pitching us.
COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS are also welcome to send us information/tips/pitches/press releases, but we DO NOT take stories written by those organizations and DO NOT consider whether someone is advertising when considering pitches. If we decide to cover a story, our editor will assign an independent writer to do the story. We can only maintain our integrity by maintaining a bright line between editorial and advertising at Grid, so thanks for understanding!