Join us as we explore the stories of what gets picked for your plate!

Picked To Plate is open to everyone and accepts contributions from writers, film-makers and photographers. Please read through our contributor guidelines below.

If you have an idea that you wish to write about and you are not sure how to start use our contact form we are more than happy to discuss how your idea can be realized.

Editorial Style

  • Articles and videos should focus on larger issues related to food production, sustainability, food safety, etc. We are less interested in articles about a company’s new product, unless it is exceptionally innovative.  
  • The content should be well-researched and include sources and stats to support overall themes and ideas.
  • The tone should be conversational and not overly technical or dry. Let your passion for the topic shine through!
  • As a general rule, articles should be 500-1000 words.
  • Titles for posts should use sentence case.
  • Include hyperlinks to research, stats or other articles referenced in post. Do not hyperlink to a company website.

Videos

  • Videos should be between 2-5 minutes in length.
  • The content of your video is original. The video should not infringe on the copyrights, trade secrets or other intellectual property of any other person.
  • We prefer to upload submissions to the Picked to Plate vimeo page, credits & tags will be given to contributor.
  • A Picked to Plate logo bump should be added at the beginning or end of each submitted video.
  • We would prefer to receive the highest quality export. Example:
    • Format: HD, 1080p
    • Codecs: Apple Pro Res 422 HQ / LT
    • Audio: Stereo
    • Data Rate: 50 mbit/sec
  • We prefer videos that are shot with a cinematic look.
  • Audio must be clean and clear.

Content Categories

These are not hard fast categories, but here are some themes  we are interested in.

  • Grow Your Own
  • Producer Spotlights (Video Vignettes or article from producer)
  • Unique Growing (Hydro, aeroponic, biodynamic, etc)
  • Artisans Using Raw Materials (cheese, olive oil, etc)
  • Raw Producers and how they grow various veggies, spices, fruit
  • Exploring from the plate backwards (i.e bread – how it’s made, grain – how it’s grown, etc)

Ethics

  • We want to be transparent with readers/viewers, so please disclose any possible conflicts of interest. For example, if you have ever worked for or with anyone you are writing about. Additionally, if you receive any sponsored travel or free products throughout the research process.  
  • It probably goes without saying, but don’t plagiarize. When in doubt cite a source and/or link to it.

Submission Process

  • Share your article through Google Docs with pickedtoplate@gmail.com
  • Provide accompanying image(s) via email or shared via Drive. Make sure that images are 800px or larger, and include a source.
  • First time writers, please provide a short bio (100 – 200 words) and if you have headshot that you would like included send it over!
  • Currently, we are unable to pay content creators for stories and/or videos. We will provide a link you your website though if that is of interest.
  • Share your video by using WeTransfer or Hightail to transfer it to pickedtoplate@gmail.com
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