Information on tone, submitting, and pay

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Hi there! I’m Caitlin Kunkel, a writer, editor, and teacher of humor and satire. I get asked a lot which outlets writers at all levels should submit their work to, so I made up the list below to offer some guidance. They’re listed in alphabetical order.

Many of these sites have newsletters, and you should subscribe to them to get a sense of the headlines and types of pieces they’re publishing from week to week. It’s very helpful, especially if you’re first starting out.

There are new sites cropping up all the time, so feel free to message me if you want your site included in the list below! Editors, also reach out if any of this information has changed or been updated. …


Party Solo and Party Safe!

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tipping a glass to you for making it through 2020!

Written by Caitlin Kunkel and Erica Lies

Hey there sluts, ragers, and boozehounds, it’s Dionysus, God of the Vine and Party Boi Supreme. Look, I love nothing more than partying hardy as the god of wine and ecstasy (the feeling AND the pill), and I definitely miss retreating to the mountains with my followers to drink ourselves to madness and create frenzied pleasure chaos. But now that many essential demi-deities, like Cupid, are Covi-posi, I finally understand how dangerous this thing is. (Well, not for me, I’m immortal! But I’m staying in Mount Olympus out of solidarity.)

So, it’s my turn to make an offering to you, my beloved humans — I give you my unedited divine cocktail elixirs. I beg you to use these to throw your own solo bacchanal and to Please Stay Home this New Year’s…


I asked a bunch of writers, journalists, and other creatives how they manage their creative systems.

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Recently, I’ve been doing two things that have really helped my writing:

1. For the past year, I’ve been using a spreadsheet to track my writing, input, and a few other factors. I’ve found it really illuminating to see how streaks of writing daily can benefit me, when I really need to take a break to recharge, how reading/watching in new genres has helped me break out of ruts, and how exercise, unfortunately, is very highly correlated with me writing more, and drinking alcohol is not. …


Here’s what they said — and what I learned from it

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What can we salvage from this year?

2020. A garbage fire. A nightmare. The worst year of many of our lives. A contentious (to say the least) election, a raging worldwide pandemic, lockdowns, unexpected home schooling, social distancing, and spending time away from friends and family.

It’s so bad… I’m almost sorry to see it go.

Now, what in the hell could we be grateful for about THIS year?

Well, when I asked 75 people that exact question, they were quick to answer with a variety of things — from the witty to the practical to the sincere.

It turns out that even amongst the smoking downed aircraft that is 2020, we’re hardwired to search for the things we’re grateful for. …


Welcome to Couch & Bed.

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A delightful panic feed is coming your way!

**Co-written by Caitlin Kunkel and Patty Terhune**

Welcome to Couch & Bed, the highly-rated home destination for excessive calorie consumption while quarantined. Exclusively available to patrons left to their own culinary devices for the foreseeable future, we invite you to embark upon a distinctive gastro-experience with this ten-course tasting menu:

Amuse-bouche: Dainty Deli Meat Handfuls

Charcuterie board? You’ll find nothing so fussy at Couch & Bed! Stroll up to the fridge, grab a packet of whatever nitrate-packed meat you were able to snatch among the crowd at the grocery store, then take it with you to lie down. Pop a handful of meats into your maw as you doomscroll on your phone. …


We cannot allow our revenue to hemorrhage.

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There they go, swimming away tax-free!!!

This piece is co-written by Caitlin Kunkel and Erica Lies

“I would think since it’s a sales tax holiday, there’s really no limit on the number of items anybody can purchase,” Tennessee State Senator Joe Hensley said about potentially including tampons in a tax holiday, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t know how you would limit the number of items someone could purchase.”

We, the Republican Party of Tennessee, strongly object to SB 1724 — a bill that would add tampons and other sanitary products to an unconscionably long three-day tax holiday. Approving this bill would remove the highly absorbent tax that’s currently staunching the flow of money out of the great state of Tennessee. …


Sorry, Billiam. It’s time to March on outta here.

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The March siblings AFTER Billiam March got the boot.

It’s a little known fact that Louisa May Alcott struggled mightily with writer’s block while drafting her classic Little Women. Originally, there was a FIFTH March sibling in the novel — an older brother named Billiam. Louisa May Alcott struggled mightily with the character and his intense rivalry with Jo, and she ultimately ending up cutting him.

Below, see some of her original passages of the book where Billiam (nickname: Bill) originally appeared.

“Money is a needful and precious thing — and, when well used, a noble thing — but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect or peace. Billiam, on the other hand, is going to go into business and probably do just fine. He really has no obstacles to overcome at all and a real lack of an inner life, if we’re being honest with each other, my girls.” …


Her new book is “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s”

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I first saw Tiffany’s Midge’s work on McSweeney’s, in a piece that we’ll talk about later in the interview. Her new book “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” is a compelling collection of life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in today’s America. With an artful mix of sly humor, social commentary and meditations on love and loss, she weaves short, stand-alone musings into a powerful — and powerfully funny — memoir. A citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, she’s the former humor columnist for Indian Country Today and teaches multi-genre humor writing that elevates awareness of social justice issues. …


Jealousy is coded as a negative emotion — but what if it could help you professionally?

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this picture is weird and also make me want to write a dystopian novel

Jealousy is coded as a negative emotion, and ya know, not trying to tell you to get out in the world and covet everything other people have. But my relationship to jealousy changed when I started to think of it as a key indicator of where I wanted to be going next.

I had a close friend who started a business and it grew and grew and grew. It was in a field I didn’t work in, doing something I didn’t want to do, and frankly, I could never do what she did.


Less ‘Wonder Woman,” more “DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT”

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Props to Amy Cuddy!

The Captain Marvel Crunch

You’re heard of The Wonder Woman, where you stand with your feet apart, hand on your hips, with your chin gazing up. For a more practical 2019 update, try “The Captain Marvel,” where you crunch with terrible posture over a keyboard and fight an army of online male trolls who are trying to sink Brie Larson as Captain Marvel with review bombs. Hold for three hours a day for the entire release week for maximum benefits!

The Scam Spin

Hold your arms out wide, inviting the most enjoyable scams like Theranos, Anna Delvey the fake German Heiress, Rudy the wine counterfeiter, Caroline Carroway, and all the Fyre Fest documentaries into your physical space. Rotate from listening to a podcast to reading a book to perusing all the online pieces until your head is spinning with the pleasure of seeing of rich people being the ones to get screwed for once. …

About

Caitlin Kunkel

Satirist and pizza scientist. Co-founder of The Belladonna + Satire and Humor Festival. Buy my book “New Erotica for Feminists” here! https://amzn.to/2HnQf8m

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