Submitting Story Suggestions

Did you find a weird news article that would be perfect for This is True?

Here’s how to get it seen.

Since True’s launch in 1994, I’ve appreciated hearing about good stories from readers, especially local stories from tiny news outlets that wouldn’t normally otherwise be found.

Simply use the form below. Be sure to include the URL (not a scan or emailed HTML page, please!) of recent (less than a month before the next edition) articles from legitimate, mainstream news sites.

Not “legitimate” news outlets: tabloids like the National Enquirer or Britain’s Sun, blogs, political sites.

“Legitimate” news outlets: mainstream newspapers, TV news operations, news wire services, news magazines (like Time or The Economist).


The publication is called This is True — so I need to at least start with legitimate news outlets: there are many sites that seem like really crazy news …because they’re made-up stories. (You’ll usually find something on the site that even says they’re satire.) I then use my own verification methods to ensure veracity.

So if a friend sent you a story that has been passed along with no URL showing it’s from a recent mainstream news site, I’m not interested, thanks. But if you see something in your local news and think I might be interested, then by all means continue down this page!

Foreign News Especially Appreciated!

Foreign (outside the U.S.) news items are particularly needed. I virtually always have a shortage of non-U.S. stories, in part because of my requirement that the story be in English. Sorry, but I cannot take reader translations: such stories cannot be verified. Thanks for your understanding.

Honorary Unsubscribe

See this page for the rather specific requirements for an Honorary Unsubscribe nomination.
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I really do appreciate your submission of great stories, but sorry: due to the huge volume of suggestions, I only reply to a suggestion if it’s both useful and you’re the first to suggest it, so you know you’re the one who brought it to my attention.

For general questions or comments, see the contact page.


  1. Must be recent (within previous month).
  2. Must be from a legitimate and “mainstream” news site.
  3. Must be in English.

If your suggestion doesn’t meet all 3 of those factors, please don’t bother. If it does, here you go:

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Again, suggestions MUST have been published in a legitimate, mainstream news publication.

Thank You!