Accepting Submissions For Issue 2

What is Trawler?

Trawler is a quarterly, 32 page independent-minded, community-generated publication anchored in and around Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. You won't find us talking about big brands or corporations, instead we like to discover untold stories about remarkable people, a snapshot into people's lives and what makes them tick. Stories of endeavour and entrepreneurial spirit, tales of passion projects and startups. Although we are anchored by the Thames estuary, this is a publication for curious people everyone and anywhere, our first edition had readers in Bristol, Edinburgh and London. We don’t restrict our fishing net to Leigh; we’ re interested in stories in and around Southend-on-Sea/ the Thames estuary. We’re inclusive.

Why Trawler Exists

Trawler is not a digital publication; it's designed to be touched and shared - to be read in coffee shops, park benches and train carriages. We are independent-minded, we have an opinion, we like telling stories. We’re doing this for love not money. We want to inspire people to make a difference.

What we're looking for:

CONTRIBUTIONS: We’re currently seeking pitches from prospective contributors for our next issue. Passion is more important than journalistic skills, we want to hear from people with a desire to tell a story, we’re interested in discovering talent and uncovering previously untold stories.

We’re seeking pitches for the following sections:

  1. People: untold stories about extraordinary people (see our story on Elaine in Trawler 1)
  2. Q&As/ profiles of independent stores (see our South Records Q&A in Trawler 1)
  3. Photo essays (see Si Brandon’s photographs in Trawler 1)
  4. Short pieces of creative writing or poetry
  5. A personal essay about a topic that you feel strongly about

If you’re interested, please email us at [email protected], subject line Trawler 02, telling us a bit about yourself (where you live, what you do, what Trawler means to you) together with your article idea (tell us which category it’s for and explain your idea in no more than two sentences).

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: There are a limited number of advertising opportunities available. If you are a business or organisation that shares our values, and you would like to advertise in Trawler, let us know [email protected]

DISTRIBUTION: If you are a local shop, business or organisation (in the Southend postcode area) and you’d like to stock Trawler (it’s free to do so) get in touch [email protected]

However, if you can’t find a copy (or live outside of the area you can buy a copy direct from the website via PayPal.


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