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The Nerve Writer’s Network:

In addition to our traditional process of commissioning stories from the best writers and artists around, we’re excited to announce a new way to write for Nerve. The Nerve Writer’s Network is a members only network of writers that contribute to

Why Write For Nerve?

Since 1997, Nerve has been a launchpad for young phenomenal writers to find their voice and missions. Some of the most important story tellers in the world have used Nerve to share their work. Really, we’re not kidding, look it up: Mary Gaitskill, Lena Dunham, Chuck Palahniuk, Erica Jong, Emily Nussbaum, Joe Swanberg, Sylvia Plachy, Tao Lin, Norman Mailer, Camille Paglia, Elizabeth Wurtzel, to name a few.

The Nerve Network allows young writers to chase their passions and express honest, fearless thoughts alongside some of the greats. Come show the world what you got.

You can get PAID. As a member of the Nerve’s Writer Network, if your posts draws more than 40,000 unique visitors in a month, you will automatically be paid $300 dollars. Far more than our competitor’s baseline freelance fee.

What We Seek

Nerve seeks writing that turns us on. We want work that’s fearless and full of uptempo wit, regardless of subject. We want to be shocked. We don’t care where else you’ve published or where you went to school or how old you are. Nerve seeks writing that amplifies experience regardless of genre. Dangerously personal essays and heart-stopping fiction are in our wheelhouse. Well reported pieces on strange obsessions or subcultures still in the shadows, we like those, too. Wow us. Scare us. Change our minds. We seek to have the most fun that’s legal.  

Please check out our steps and guidelines for applying to the Nerve Writer’s Network here. More about Nerve’s history here.

Membership Application

To apply to the Nerve Writer’s Network, applicants must apply by submitting an original work to Nerve. If the post is accepted, you will get a direct line to the Nerve editors and will get monthly briefs on writing we are looking for. The application process is below:

Submit a fully written post to be published on This post must include:

– Potential headlines and sub-headers

– Pictures that are labeled for commercial use and are at least 800×600 px.(provided if the post is accepted)

– A pre-written tweet.

– Follow below editorial guidelines.

– Not be plagiarized.

– Be longer than 300 words and no longer than 2500 words.

– Be sure to include name, email and social media handles.

If the post is accepted, a Nerve editor will reach out with any edits and to request pictures for the piece.(Pictures must be labeled for commercial use and are at least 800×600 px).

If the post is not accepted, you will hear from a Nerve editor with that decision within a week.

Apply Here

Editorial Guidelines

Be bold, opinionated, and honest. In other words, don’t plagiarize, don’t harass or discriminate, and fact check when necessary.