Pitching Guidelines

No Bells is a space for both new and experienced music writers to grow and experiment with voice and form. As this is in the stage of “passion project of a disillusioned journalist” we can’t yet offer compensation to writers, but writers retain total ownership of the work they publish here. If this all floats your boat, here are some guidelines to follow when pitching No Bells. Please use the form on our site, or email manosun16@gmail.com with the subject “NO BELLS PITCH” and 200 words or less.

  • Answer a question. “I want to write about YN Jay’s new album Coochie Chronicles” “I want to unpack what YN Jay’s new album Coochie Chronicles says about the mainstreaming of Flint hip-hop right now.”

  • If you want to interview someone, what do you want to ask them about? Is there an underdiscussed/underappreciated angle to their art that you want to investigate?

  • “Pegs” (especially album anniversaries) do not matter and time is a flat circle. New music is music you haven’t heard. We don’t care if the album “just came out” or is 17 years old, so long as you have an interesting angle.

  • Go crazy with form! We accept traditional interviews, reviews, listening guides, but also poetry, personal essays, anything really. If you think it might work, pitch it!

  • If you have a link to some writing you’re proud of, feel free to share it. If not, that’s ok too.
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