Contributor Guidelines

The San Franciscan publishes two print issues per year featuring work from a diverse group of local artists and writers. While contributors do not need to be current residents of San Francisco, we are looking for photographers with a strong connection to the Bay Area. We are always excited to receive queries, suggestions, and offers to contribute from photographers who are passionate about our mission. Reach out with any questions:

Featured Photography

The San Franciscan publishes literary journalism including short- and long-form reported pieces, photo essays, reviews featuring cultural commentary or critique, profiles, data visualizations, and more. For our featured photography needs, we try to match photographers with written pieces based on their style, unique angle, and connection to the topic. Email us with your interest in contributing and a portfolio of work at: We are now accepting queries from photographers.

Photography Spreads

The San Franciscan publishes one photo essay feature per issue. We encourage locally themed submissions. Photo essays can feature your own work, or the work of a photographer (or photographers) you admire. Email your photo essay pitches to: We are now accepting photo essay pitches. 


The San Franciscan is run by a small team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, and the money we earn from sales funds the production of the magazine. Paying writers and artists is important to us. At this time, we are able to offer writers and artists small honorarium payments to acknowledge their invaluable contributions. Please inquire for further details.