Dowser is welcoming new writers/contributors; please send us a note at with a writing sample.

Become a Contributor

NOTE: We receive many queries and we can’t reply personally to each one.  A short, clear email is most likely to be considered.

Dowser is a site for solutions journalism. We seek blog entries from writers who have an accessible voice and solid reporting skills, a knack for uncovering new ideas and models in social innovation, and — for analysis and opinion pieces — the ability to state a position clearly and defend it with evidence. We prioritize accuracy and attention to details. In addition to fresh reporting, we’re looking for bloggers who can unearth interesting things they find — videos, photos, articles, items, books, etc. — that describe or explain solutions. We do NOT run advocacy or PR pieces or ‘good news’ fluff.

Please send an email with the subject line QUERY to esha[at] A query should summarize in 2 paragraphs maximum the gist of the story, why we should cover it now, and why you’re the writer to do it. If you are submitting your first query to us, please include 2 sentences about your prior writing experience and 2 links to other posts or stories you’ve done. Also please provide us with links that makes it easier for us to vet the story idea.

You’re not going to live off this but hopefully it will help! We pay $25 for blog entries and $40 for longer pieces. (For some assigned pieces with steady writers, we pay more.)

Thank you!