13 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

Dear Writers,

Here’s our latest roundup of calls for pitches directly from editors.

Before contacting any of these publications, please carefully study their website, as well as their call for pitches, and make sure that you are sending a highly relevant pitch. If you’re relatively new to pitching, or want to improve your pitching ability, please watch this free lecture.

As one editor recently wrote: “An editor’s life is just replying “Have you checked our website?” in response to pitches again and again until they die.”

Please don’t fall into the trap that leads to the above Tweet. Carefully study the publication. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what they publish, and that you’re not proposing an identical article to one recently published. This free lecture will give you a huge headstart, in terms of making sure you have success in approaching editors.

— Jacob Jans

PS: Thanks to Fatima Saif for contributing to this article.

Future Tense is “a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society.” Their associate editor is seeking essays at “the intersection of tech/science/policy/the future.” Rate is $350+ for 1,000 to 1,500 words. Send your pitches to jaime.green@slate.com. For details, refer to their associate editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Streets.MN is a nonprofit organization that seeks to “foster conversation and share perspectives on how to improve Minnesota’s cities.” They are commissioning freelance pieces. They want pitches related to BIPOC communities and their core coverage areas of transit, transportation, and land use. They encourage pitches from writers of color. They pay around $200 to $250. Most of their posts are 500 to 1,000 words. If interested, send your pitches to jgoyette@streets.mn. For details, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

The Leicester Citizen is a newsletter for Leicester and Leicestershire. They are commissioning a couple of stories for winter holidays. Topics are: “Covid, NHS, supply chains, religion, history, consumerism, charity, homelessness.” They will accept “op-eds from local leaders, charities, etc.” They would “love to hear about how the end of the year is celebrated in one of Leicester’s six twinned cities.” They pay £90 for 1,000 words. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and their pitching guide.

Healthline is a health information website. Their community editor is looking for “writers living with depression to write perspective pieces.” Their rates start at $200 for 800 to 1,200 words. If interested, email your pitches to kdomonell@healthline.com. To read their community editor’s Tweet, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

CBC News is a source for news from Canada and around the world. Their first person columns producer is looking for light-hearted holiday-themed first person pitches. They pay $422.50 for a 650-word column. They accept pitches from Canadians or residents of Canada or those who have some connection to Canada. Send your pitches to firstperson@cbc.ca. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their first person FAQs.

New_ Public is “a nonprofit project seeking to advance the design of healthier digital spaces.” For their next issue (April 2022), they are looking for stories about trust (and what it means for the internet). They are primarily seeking nonfiction pieces but are open to other forms (speculative fiction, visual journalism, etc.) They pay $0.75 per word for nonfiction pieces (1,500 to 2,000 words). For more information, refer to their Tweet and call for pitches.

Deadline: December 15th, 2021

Freelance opportunity for B2B technology/enterprise IT folks: “I have budget and need for freelance editorial input right now. Experienced B2B technology/enterprise IT folks, feel free to DM or email.” Rate is 30p to 70p per word. If interested, email ed@thestack.technology. For details, refer to this Tweet.

Modern Farmer is a quarterly magazine and website about agriculture and food. Their editor is seeking “pitches on holiday traditions with agricultural roots, farms/farmers that celebrate the holidays in a unique way, and holiday food traditions rooted in farming.” They will pay CAD $0.50-$0.66 per word. Send your pitches to shelby@modfarmer.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and this page.

Deadline: December 3rd, 2021

i-D is a fashion and style publication by Vice Media. Their editor is open for commissions for December. She is accepting pitches on internet culture, film and TV, work and money, and beauty. They pay £150 to £200 per piece. If interested, send your pitches to roisin.lanigan@i-d.co. Read their editor’s Tweet here and their pitch guide here.

Opportunity to write on animal behavior and consciousness: “Looking for writer and expert pitches on animal behavior and consciousness for a project I am working on.” They pay about $0.50/word to journalists and about $400-$500/piece for academic contributions. If interested, email pam3001@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet.

Street Roots is Portland’s award-winning weekly street newspaper. They assist people experiencing homelessness and poverty by creating income opportunities. Their editor-in-chief has tweeted, “If you or someone you know is a freelance reporter in Oregon with stories about inequity and social justice, you or they may be entitled to $300+ of compensation.” Send your pitches to editor@streetroots.org. Read their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread here and contact them here.

Business Insider’s editor has tweeted, “Any freelancers or friends on Twitter know a DoorDash driver who wants to talk about how the increase in DashPass subscriptions has impacted their job? Freelancers pitch me, drivers flock to kfields@insider.com. This is also a call to pitch me any delivery driver stories and first persons!” For these stories, they usually pay £250 (for 600 words) to first time contributors. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and their writer’s guide here.

The New Republic is a journal of opinion that is dedicated to solving today’s most critical issues. They are accepting climate-related pitches. Their editor has tweeted, “Covering The New Republic climate desk next week. Timely (fast-turnaround) freelance pitches encouraged!” They pay $400 for a 1,000 to 1,200 word piece. If interested, contact harrydcheadle@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.


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