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Announcing the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers Poverty Pitch

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Members of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) see on a daily basis how poverty in all its manifestations shapes the work they do.

Similarly, poverty in Nova Scotia is a topic that the Nova Scotia Advocate has covered since its inception, both through traditional journalism and by providing a platform to those writers who write from lived experience.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers we can extend this coverage further. Together we are commissioning one in-depth story on poverty in Nova Scotia.

Story ideas about poverty and housing, gentrification, solidarity, the working poor, criminalization, racism, social assistance, food banks, homophobia and misogyny, refugees, people living with disabilities, prisons, anti-poverty activism, we are interested in any and all poverty-related topics. We hope to hear from professional writers and from people who write from lived experience.

The selected article will be published in the Nova Scotia Advocate and in the Winter 2019 issue of  the NSCSW’s Connections.

The Nova Scotia Advocate typically pays up to $200 for a story (sometimes more), but thanks to the generous support of the NSCSW we are able to pay between $500 and $750, depending on the complexity of the topic and how experienced a writer you are.  

Final draft of a story should not exceed 1000 words. Photos should be included when appropriate. If your pitch is accepted you will be assigned an editor who will collaborate with you to get the story ready for publication. Your story will likely go through several drafts.

Send us a pitch (200 words tops) at rdevet@gmail.com. All decisions are final.

Pitches must be submitted by November 12. Stories must be publication-ready by January 14, 2019. Copyright will reside with the NSCSW.  Payment will be issued by the NSCSW. We reserve the right to not select any pitch.

See also: Connection Submission Editorial Guidelines.


With a special thanks to our generous donors who make it possible to pay our writers for their important stories.

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