First stop, Philadelphia

And a call for pitches

The first city I’m visiting is Philadelphia. Whenever I told friends that this was where I was beginning my digital nomad-ing, I got a similar reaction: “I love Philly” “Philly’s great.” Most of those folks were people who live in NYC, where Philly is a few hours away by car, bus, or NJ transit. And I agree with them, Philly’s great. The public transit is solid, and it’s a very walkable city. It’s chill and low-key and unpretentious. Oh, and there’s a lot of vegan junk food, which I have a special fondness for.

There’s also a lot of writers here, so I’m having my first call for contributor essays. I’m looking for essays about Philadelphia (or essays with strong ties to Philadelphia).

Guidelines: Please email a short pitch of your essay to, along with a bio by August 20. Feel free to include some links to past work, but if you don’t have any, that’s okay too.

A pitch should be a few sentences or one paragraph that functions as a rough outline or synopsis of your piece. Some questions to think about when you pitch: What topics or subtopics do you intend to cover? What’s the summary of the overall story? What’s the specific angle that you, and only you, can provide?

I’ll try to get back to everyone as soon as I can, and ultimately select 1-2 contributor(s) to write their full essay for publication on Nomadic. Rate: $250.

Potential topics: You could write about your favorite restaurant, event space, museum, or bar. Or your piece could be about a specific neighborhood or local community, or how Philadelphia intersects with an aspect of your identity. Personal or narrative essays are great too, as long as they are rich in place details. Get weird, get funny, get heartbreaking, get niche about your city. Specific is usually better than broad, but prove me wrong.

Requirements: Only one You must currently live in Philadelphia. You could have lived there all your life, or moved there last week. Philly suburbs are okay too, especially if you spend a lot of time in the city itself.

That’s about it. Please send any questions to the same email listed above. I look forward to reading your pitches. In the meantime, while I’m here, let me know your recommendations.

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