Frequently Asked Questions



What is Argot’s response rate on submissions?

Expect to hear from us within two months. We're a small team and we have general backlog to work through. Be patient, we respond to every pitch we receive, and you're welcome to contact us if you don't hear back after sixty days. 


Do you take work that has been published elsewhere?

No, we don't accept previously published work. We google all submissions to double check their publication status. Tumblr or personal blogs do not count as 'previously published.' 


Does Argot pay for work?

Yes we pay all of our contributors! Our range is between $35 to $100 USD for written work, up to $250 for photojournalism. 


my piece has been accepted by argot-what now?

Congrats! You will be sent a contract by the lovely Claudia and assigned to the appropriate editor who will work in tandem with you on your piece to get it in ideal publishing form.


Do I have to sign my contract with my legal or dead name?

Legal names are a preference, but it's absolutely not necessary. Sign as you feel comfortable; it's only necessary that you use a name that has been associated with you in some context. 


I don’t have a scanner; how do I return my contract?

We recommend using a free PDF editor like DocHub or you can use your phone to take a picture of a printed and signed contract.


I returned my contract. What happens next?

Your assigned editor will contact you so you can begin with any required revision. We never publish a piece you haven't 100% okayed and feel comfortable with. Once your piece is ready for publication you will be asked to provide a bio (<50 words) to accompany your piece.


How does payment work?

We use PayPal and require an email address associated with PayPal. Payment is completed within two months of publication. 


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