Pitch your story to us!
Are you a Springer Nature researcher with a story to tell? We want to know! We are always on the lookout for a great, compelling, personal and, above all, TRUE story.
LIVE STORIES: If you would like to tell a five-to-ten minute story at one of our Springer Nature Storyteller shows in partnership with The Story Collider, please send a two-to-three-paragraph summary of your story idea to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the intended conference name in your subject line, e.g. “Story pitch for Society for Neuroscience Conference”. You can view our events page for specifics.
WRITTEN STORIES: If you would like to have a written piece featured on beforetheabstract.com, our affiliated Springer Nature Storytellers site, please send a story outline or two-to-three-paragraph summary of your story idea to email@example.com and be sure to mention it’s a written submission in your subject line, e.g. “Written story pitch for beforetheabstract.com.”
MULTIMEDIA PIECES: If you have an idea for a video or multimedia piece to be featured on beforetheabstract.com, our affiliated Springer Nature Storytellers site, please send a story outline or two-to-three paragraph summary of your story as well as brief description about your vision for the piece to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention it’s a multimedia pitch in your subject line, e.g. “Multimedia pitch that will rock your world.” (Because we really do want you to rock our world!)
Just a final note: You must be a Springer Nature author to participate (read: have published with Springer, Nature, Macmillan Science and Education, Palgrave, BioMed Central or SpringerOpen brands). Not sure? You can do an advanced search of your name for free on SpringerLink.
Some tips from our partners at The Story Collider on making a great story:
- It must NOT be a lecture. Your goal is not to educate the audience or readers, but to build an emotional connection between science and the public. So while each story must contain a significant science element, we ask that you use only as much science as needed for the audience or readers to understand and follow your story. Oh, and no PowerPoint slides!
- The story must be about YOU. True, personal stories have the most power when they are about the person telling them! Let us in on your thoughts and feelings so we can go on the journey with you.
- The story must have an arc. This means that you, the storyteller, change from the beginning to the end of the story. This change can be big or small — as momentous as becoming a father or as small as learning to ask for help — but it has to be there in order for the audience to feel that the story is going somewhere.
- Keep in mind that there is a small time commitment involved. Every storyteller works one on one with a either a Story Collider producer for our live shows or Springer Nature Storytellers editor to brainstorm and shape his or her story, and, for live performances, rehearse.
- For examples of stories that we’ve truly loved, please listen to or read an example of each.
For advice on writing your story, visit The Story Collider tips page.
Note: We do not accept pre-recorded submissions for our podcast series. All stories on our podcast are recorded live at shows in conjunction with The Story Collider.
How We Review Your Pitch:
Your pitch will be reviewed first by Springer Nature staff. If it is for a live show, it will then be screened additionally by producers of The Story Collider. Please allow four to six weeks for the review process.
Let’s work together!
Are you part of the growing scicomm movement? Are you part of a media agency that recognizes the importance of storytelling? We have a special section entitled “Relate” on beforetheabstract.com just for you, which we fill with guest pieces that range in scope from storytelling tips to passionately written op-ed pieces on the importance of storytelling in research.
Beforetheabstract.com boasts a growing number of visitors and has already worked with agencies such as Research Media and more. It is a great space for contributing to the academic and scholarly communications community!
If interested in featuring a piece on beforetheabstract.com, please send a two-to-three paragraph summary of your story idea and any questions to email@example.com with the subject line “Media Pitch.”
For specific questions, please feel free to contact Lucy Frisch at firstname.lastname@example.org