Dirt Season 1 Pitch Call

How to write for us in the next two months.

Dirt Season 1: The Details

We at Dirt are very pleased to announce that Jason Diamond — writer and editor at publications like Inside Hook and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, author of two books, newsletter proprietor, and all-around great digital publishing citizen — is going to edit our first “season,” which will run from June 14 to August 14. Summer baby 😎

Functionally, not much will change about Dirt’s content except the editors and writers will be semi-adequately compensated for their time. We think the newsletters will be even better and more consistent, as well as more ambitious. Our new contributors’ guide is below: Pitch us!

The funding for our first season is entirely from selling NFT editions of this guy, our mascot Dirty, with animations by Mark Costello. If you like the newsletter / want it to continue / want some cool art, stay tuned for season 2 of NFTs.

What is Dirt?

Dirt is a free, daily morning newsletter dispatched in seasons. Since launching in December 2020, Dirt has gained 4,000 newsletter subscribers and has been linked to in Longform, Axios, Slate, and more. It covers “entertainment”: the wide realm of streaming, Twitch, TikTok, and all kinds of digital culture.

We are currently embarking on season one of Dirt, entirely funded by the sale of 131 NFTs priced in ETH and tied to a proportionate number of $DIRT-S1 social tokens. Dirt’s mascot is a character named Dirty who appears in all of our NFT editions. Dirty is the embodiment of the playfulness and irreverence of the Dirt community — a “Dirtyverse” that touches cultural criticism, artwork, cryptocurrency, and all the detritus of digital space. 

What are we looking for?

Smart and funny takes on entertainment and streaming culture — whether that’s TikTok, The Sims, Spotify, or even furniture. The typical Dirt dispatch is 500 words. But sometimes we go long, too. Examples of what we cover include:

If it’s longer than a tweet but not worth contorting into the voice and delivery of a publication that doesn’t pay its workers enough, it’s probably a Dirt. 

We love trend pieces, obsessions, short profiles, personal essays, business deconstructions, and anecdotes that illuminate our absurd late-capitalist digital culture. 

What can writers expect?

  • No more than two rounds of edits 

  • ~$1 / word paid via PayPal or in ETH upon publication 

  • Average $500 per newsletter

  • A 25% kill fee

  • Full rights to your own work

  • Exclusive access to Dirt NFTs, tokens, and merch 

  • The satisfaction of knowing you were part of something sort of deranged 

Pitch Dirt:

Send a pitch of 1-2 short paragraphs to newsletterdirt@gmail.com. Tell us why you’re obsessed with this piece of digital culture, why it’s important, or why it’s weird. Images or links to representative images / YouTubes / TikToks / media are helpful.