13 Publishers Seeking Pitches (Earn Up to $1 Per Word)

All of these publishers pay the writers they publish, anywhere from $50, up to $1,000 or more.

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Taste is an online magazine for those who love to cook at home. They are accepting story pitches. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.60 per word. For details, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Vice Life Desk covers wellness, health, self-care, relationships, sex, drugs, alcohol, work, and money. Their senior editor is accepting pitches. They are “primarily focused on mid-length (700-1,500 word) original reports and reported essays, as well as shorter, bloggier, voicier pieces with a quick turnaround time.” They usually pay $0.50 per word. Send pitches to amyrose.spiegel@vice.com. For details, refer to their senior editor’s Tweet and their pitch guidelines.

Shondaland is “the pioneering storytelling company founded by Shonda Rhimes.” Their culture editor is accepting pitches for the months of May and June. She is accepting pitches about entertainment, books, and culture. Send pitches to britni@shondaland.com. Rate: $400+. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

SF Weekly is a source for news, movies, music, food, reviews, and events in San Francisco. They are accepting pitches for their Quarantine Thoughts essay series. They will only accept pitches from “writers from San Francisco or neighboring cities (i.e. Oakland, Alameda, Daly City).” They will pay $75 per essay (600 to 800 words). To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Well+Good covers fitness, cutting-edge nutrition, natural beauty, travel, and more. Their managing editor is seeking “surprising/weird/heartfelt/not-been-covered-a-ton story ideas and essays” for mental health awareness month. She is also accepting generalized wellness pitches. Their rates start at $150. To learn more, read their managing editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, visit this page.

Contingent Magazine is a nonprofit online magazine for “everyone interested in the past.” They are accepting pitches for mini-essays (200-500 words) that address “the impact of COVID-19 on non-tenure-track historians (defined broadly to include archivists, museum workers, grad students etc.).” Their base pay is $75. For details, read this Tweet. For pitching information, refer to this page.

Deadline: April 30th, 2020

Ours to Save is a new journalism initiative that focuses exclusively on the climate crisis. Their interactive map shows “crowdsourced, breaking climate news from all over the world.” They are open to pitches. They pay £50 per article. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Rest of World is a new international nonprofit journalism organization that is focused on “the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble.” They are seeking narrative magazine pitches (1,000-5,000 words) that “report on the interplay of digital technology with cultures around the world, with nuance and detail.” This includes profiles (around 1,500 words), mid-length features (less than 2,000 words), and longer features (3,000 words and above). They don’t want stories set in the United States, Canada, Western Europe or Australia. According to their editor, their rates start at $1 per word. To learn how to send them a pitch, refer to this page.

Eidolon is an “online journal for scholarly writing about classics that isn’t formal scholarship.” They welcome submissions from authors with historically underrepresented identities. They prefer articles about the ancient world. Their articles are generally 1,500 to 3,000 words long. They pay “$150 for columns and long-form articles, $100 for essays, and $50 for reviews and lighter content.” To learn more, refer to this page.

Kveller.com is a website for people “who want to add a Jewish twist to their parenting.” They want essays about women’s issues and parenting that are written from a Jewish perspective. Their suggested word count is between 500 and 1,000 words. Payment reports suggest that they pay $0.03 to $0.04 per word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Anime Herald is a website that offers news, reviews, interviews, and commentary on anime and anime fandom. According to their editor-in-chief, they pay $50 per article and $20 per newsdesk post. To contact them, refer to this page.

Toward Freedom is a news and analysis publication that offers a progressive perspective on world events. They are looking for “news and analysis pieces on a wide range of topics, from anti-mining activism in South Africa to struggles in defense of the land in the US; from popular movements in India to feminist revolution in Argentina.” They can pay for shorter, reported pieces (under 1,000 words). They have a larger budget for in-depth pieces (1,500 to 1,000 words). They have a small budget for reviews of books (under 1,000 words) and translations to English. According to this Twitter post, they pay $75 for reviews. Details here.

Curbed, a website focused on housing and urban planning, is now seeking pitches for longform journalism, essays, and narratives for their website.  They pay competitive rates, and reports indicate payment of up to $1000 for a 4,000 word article. This website seems to be part of a new breed of niche websites that are able to pay reasonably well, taking the role that niche magazines long held. Interestingly, they are owned by Vox, which is now a major website publisher. To learn more, read this page.


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