12 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

Here’s our latest roundup of calls for pitches directly from editors. We’ve researched payment rates and found contact information for all of these publications, so you can easily connect with the right opportunity for you.

Please don’t contact these publications without first carefully studying them, and making sure your pitch closely fits their needs.

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Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Mashed is Hiring Freelance Food and Grocery Feature Writers

Mashed is a food and grocery site. They’re looking for Freelance Food and Grocery Feature Writers with at least 3 years of experience. The selected applicants will be responsible for researching, pitching, and writing 2,600- to 3,000-word articles. Compensation is 8 cents/word. Location is remote (anywhere in the world). To learn more, refer to their post and this page.

Extra Points is Looking for Pitches

Extra Points is “a newsletter about business, policy, and off-the-field stories in college sports.” They’re looking for freelance pitches. They’re interested in “reported stories, personal essays, and interviews in the ‘off-the-field stories in college sports’ umbrella.” They pay a base rate of $350. They also give bonuses for driving new subscriptions. Send your pitches to matt@extrapointsmb.com. To learn more, refer to this post and their ‘about’ page

Type Investigations is Open for Pitches

Type Investigations is a nonprofit investigative newsroom. They’re open for pitches. They’re particularly interested in the following topics:

– “Right-wing extremism and threats to democracy

– Reproductive rights and gender-affirming health care

– Technology and its harms

– Climate change and environmental justice”

The above list is not exhaustive. According to their pitch guide, their written features are generally 3,000-5,000 words and pay $3,000-$6,000. For more details, refer to their post.

Africa Is a Country is Looking for Pitches

Africa Is a Country is “a site of opinion, analysis, and new writing on and from the African left.” Their editor is accepting pitches. If you have any interesting ideas in “culture and politics around Francafrique, the Francophonie, and the greater diaspora,” then send an email (in English or French) to ibrahims@newschool.edu. Rates begin at $200. To read their editor’s post, click here. To visit their contact page, click here.

The Appeal is Seeking Pitches about the U.S. Criminal Legal System

The Appeal is “a worker-led nonprofit newsroom dedicated to exposing how the U.S. criminal legal system fails to keep people safe and, instead, perpetuates harm.” They’re seeking reported pieces or personal essays (800 words) about “the criminal legal system (cops, prisons, parole, alternatives to incarceration, etc).” They pay $1/word. If interested, direct your pitches to newsletter@theappeal.org. For more information, refer to their reporter’s post and their pitch guide.

Thrillist is Looking for Pitches

Thrillist is “a digital media publication at the intersection of travel, experience, and local culture.” Their editorial director is looking for freelance pitches. They publish “travel guides, maps, and itineraries for destinations near and far as well as reports and features on people, places, and phenomena” that allow them to explore and better understand the world around them. The editorial director hasn’t mentioned the rates in their post, but as per this post by their editor-in-chief, rates start at $350. If interested, email your pitches to pitches@thrillist.com. Details here and here.

APL Media is Looking for Food and Drink Pitches

APL Media is a UK-based content agency that specializes in travel and lifestyle. They’re seeking “food and drink pitches with a summer angle for a supplement in the Guardian by APL.” “Think cocktail recipes and roundups, best alfresco places to eat etc.” Pay is £120 for 600 words. For more information, refer to this post.

Texas Highways is Commissioning Open Road Essays

Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas. They cover travel, culture, food, history, and more. Their editor is commissioning Open Road essays for 2025. They would love to hear from experienced longform writers who have connections to Texas. These pieces are around 3,000 words and pay $1.20 per word. If interested, send your pitches to michael.hoinski@txdot.gov. To learn more, refer to their editor’s post and this page.

Viator is Seeking a Barcelona Writer

Viator, a Tripadvisor company, is a marketplace for travel experiences. They’re seeking a Barcelona writer (someone who is from or lives there). Rates begin at $290. If interested, email lcocking@tripadvisor.com. To learn more, refer to this post and their ‘about’ page

Horror Press is Accepting Pitches for Pride Month

Horror Press is a blog by horror fans for horror fans. They’re accepting pitches for Pride Month: “Is a particular horror movie special to you? Do you think there’s an underrated movie that people should revisit? Maybe there’s a horror icon you resonate with? Or perhaps there’s a love letter to a special piece of media that needs to be shared.” The pitches should be focused on the horror genre. They will pay $50 via Zelle. To learn more, refer to their post and this form.

Deadline: April 12th, 2024

Business Insider is Seeking Pitches about Cruises

Business Insider’s lifestyle/entertainment editor is seeking pitches about cruises: “Did you go on your first cruise and have a bad experience? Did you have the greatest trip of your life? Are you a seasoned cruiser who can give our readers some amazing tips? DM me!” Rates typically begin at $220. To read their editor’s post, click here. To visit their contact page, click here.

Deadline: April 15th, 2024

Briarpatch is Accepting Pitches for Sep/Oct Issue

Briarpatch is a Canadian magazine of politics and culture. They’re accepting pitches for their unthemed September/October issue. If you’re “eager to share a juicy piece of labour history or investigate a suspicious institution,” then send them your pitches at pitch@briarpatchmagazine.com. They pay $150 for profiles, short essays, reviews, and parting shots (typically 1,500 words or less); $250 for feature stories (usually 1,500 to 2,000 words) and photo essays; and $350 for research-based articles and investigative reporting (usually 2,000 to 2,500 words). For details, refer to their post and call for pitches.

Deadline: May 1st, 2024


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