Information for Contributors

New Naratif aims to be as friendly to our content creators as possible, and so this page aims to summarise the terms on which we license work, and our content creators’ rights.

Your Rights as a Content Creator and the Rights You Grant to New Naratif

You, the Content Creator, are the owner of your work. You grant permission to New Naratif to publish the work anywhere in the world, in perpetuity (It’s on the internet, so it will be accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, forever!). This grant also includes printed periodical versions of New Naratif and/or any Anthology or “Best of” versions, and for us to adapt prose articles into a podcast/audiobook format. This grant is non-exclusive: after the exclusivity period, you can sell the rights to it to anyone else you choose. You retain all rights to your work. We will acknowledge you as the author of the work wherever we publish the work.

Exclusivity Period: You grant New Naratif an exclusivity period of three months, starting from publication or release of the work, during which you won’t publish or let anyone else publish the work.

If the work can’t be published directly but first has to be adapted (e.g. because it is a script which we then record), then you grant New Naratif the right to adapt to the work into the specified format.

If New Naratif wants to adapt the work into any of its other publication formats (print, videos, podcasts, comics, etc.), we will ask you. We won’t adapt without your permission.


Please be aware that we do not publish time-sensitive or breaking news. We decide on pitches at fortnightly editorial meetings, and so it may take up to 2 weeks to respond to your pitch. Once we accept a pitch, it typically takes 2-3 months before it is published. If this timeline is too long for you, please[do let us know that you wish to withdraw your pitch or submit your pitch elsewhere.

To understand why we take so long, here’s an overview of our typical editorial process for written articles (note that this is a typical process and there may be variation for your article):

  1. Day 1: Receive pitch
  2. (1-2 weeks after Day 1): 
    • Consider pitch at fortnightly editorial meeting
    • Pitchers are notified of acceptance or rejection
  3. (4-6 weeks after Day 1): 
    • First draft filed
    • Editor edits and send back to author
    • Photos and/or illustrations commissioned
  4. (6-7 weeks after Day 1) 
    • Second draft filed
    • Editor edits and sends back to author
    • Members who have specialist expertise invited to comment on article
    • Author submits photo and biography
  5. (7-9 weeks after Day 1) 
    • Final draft filed
    • Translation(s) commissioned
    • Photos/illustrations received
    • (optional) Members/volunteers read into audiobook
  6. (8-12 weeks after Day 1): 
    • Article published
    • Translation published
    • (optional) Audio version release
    • (optional) Interview with author in podcast or “Ask Me Anything” format

Payment Terms

New Naratif shall pay you a fee for the right to license your work. However, we reserve the right to not publish the work. If we decide to commission your work, but during the editing process, the Editor overseeing your work decides that we cannot publish your work, then we will pay you a compensation fee of 25% of the agreed fee (e.g. if the fee is US$200, then we would pay you $50).

Following the relevant Editor signing off on your work as complete, you must provide an invoice for the agreed price. We usually pay within 48 hours, but sometimes delays happen. We will definitely pay it within 30 days of receipt. For your convenience, you can download our invoice template.

Please note: we generally pay via TransferWise to your bank account. In some instances (especially Cambodia), we have found that international bank transfers incur a high level of SWIFT transfer fees from intermediary banks. We will send you the exact amount you are owed, but you are responsible for all bank transfer fees. We can also pay via PayPal or direct bank transfer within the UK (New Naratif is a UK-based company).

Payment details to include in your invoice

For Payment by Bank Transfer

  • Email Address
  • Full name on Bank Account
  • Your Address on your bank account (NOT your bank’s address):
    • Street
    • City
    • Postal Code
    • Country
  • Bank Details (please include as appropriate):
    • Bank Name
    • Currency of the Account (e.g. IDR, MYR, SGD, USD, etc.)
    • Account number
    • Routing Code
    • IBAN
    • SWIFT
    • Other bank codes as necessary

For Payment by PayPal

  • Email Address