15 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors & Publishers

Dear Writers,

Here’s our latest roundup of calls for writers directly from editors and publishers.

Included in this list is a wide variety of calls for writers covering a wide variety of topics.

Please do not send a pitch to these publications unless you carefully study the publication, and the call for pitches.

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— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

PBS SoCal is the home for PBS in Southern California. Their digital producer of education content has tweeted, “Seeking writers for PBS SoCal! Hablas y escribes en español? Great! But also growing our English-language freelancers list. DM me your email, location (L.A. station but we work with national/international writers), and 3 topics of interest. Clips would be great too!” They will pay $200 to $400. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Sex & Relationships editor for Cosmopolitan UK is seeking pitches for their “best sex ever” franchise. They pay £200 for around 500 words. To learn more, read the editor’s Tweet here.

Deadline: July 29th, 2021

Thrillist’s editor for San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco is always open to pitches from writers in those markets. Thrillist covers restaurants, bars, and activities in cities throughout North America. To learn more, visit their website, and read the editor’s Tweet here.

100 Days in Appalachia is a news website that covers the Appalachian region. They’re currently seeking writers in their teens and early twenties fir their Appalachian Youth Creators series. They’re looking for essays, reporting, op-eds, etc, and are “happy to brainstorm.” Base pay is $100. To learn more, read the editor’s Tweet, and their submission guidelines here.

The Curiosity Club is a new educational platform that offers real-life lessons to people. They are seeking pitches for their personal essay section where they “talk about everything – sex, bodies, culture – without stigma or shame.” They are open to writers from anywhere in the world. They will pay £100 per piece. Email your pitches to hello@thecuriosityclub.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Epicurious is a resource for home cooks. Their senior editor is seeking pitches about “the phenomenon of CRUNCH and why crunchy foods are so satisfying to eat.” They will pay $400 per piece (about 700 to 800 words). The rate is negotiable. Pitches should be sent to matthew.zuras@condenast.com. To learn more, read their senior editor’s Twitter thread and their pitching guidelines.

The Ratty is “a public scholarship blog by and for graduate students.” They have tweeted, “If you’re a grad student at ANY institution and you have research you want to share, send us a pitch!” They accept original writing, art, or multimedia. They pay $50/piece each to writers and editors. To read their Twitter thread, click here. To pitch, click here.

Wellby is an online publication about modern wellness. They are always seeking smart personal essays/ investigations and reports. They are most interested in the following topics: wellness, mental health, spirituality, personal growth and big ideas. They pay £50/article. If interested, send your pitches to editorial@livewellby.com. For details, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Tweet. To learn more about them, refer to this page.

Anime Herald is a website that offers news, reviews, interviews, and commentary on anime and anime fandom. They are always looking for articles, “especially ones that focus on the fandom and its history.” They pay $50 per article (between 1,000 and 2,000 words). Read their Tweet here and their contributor guidelines here. Submit your pitch here.

Opportunity for Visual Artists: “Are you an artist / illustrator / graphic designer / typographer / any other visual artistic creative type? Would you like to write anonymously about how you earn money from this artistique passione (and get paid for doing so)?” Rate is £140 to £250. If interested, email your pitches to kate@talenthouse.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet.

Tom’s Guide is a website that covers all things consumer tech. Their audio editor is seeking “tech freelancers who can help review a) headphones/earbuds and/or b) gaming headsets.” This is for a specific project. Pay is $400 per review (700 to 1,000 words and a few photos). If interested, contact james.archer@futurenet.com. Read their audio editor’s Twitter thread here and learn more about them here.

Greatist is a health and wellness brand. They have tweeted, “Call for pitches: Race season is upon us. From ultra-marathons to 5ks, we want to talk about the return of competitive fitness events, from how to train to how things have changed.” They are seeking “pitches covering training plans, product reviews, POV essays, interviews with trainers and experts, and more.” They pay $250 per piece. For more information, refer to their Tweet and pitch form.

Deadline: July 30th, 2021

Refinery29 UK is a media and entertainment company that focuses on young women. Their managing editor is seeking first person pitches about your post-lockdown dating experiences. According to a now-deleted Tweet by one of their editors, they pay £180 for an opinion piece and £250 for a feature. Pitches should be sent to jess.commons@refinery29.uk. To read their managing editor’s Tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

The editor of the New York Times Opinion is accepting pitches. He has tweeted that he loves “reading submissions on all topics, so long as it has an argument.” He is “interested in hearing from everybody, but especially from BIPOC, queer people, low-income people, people outside of New York, LA, and DC, and from people who have been hesitant to pitch to an editor before.” According to payment reports, they pay $1 per word. If interested, email your pitches to adrian.rivera@nytimes.com. For more information, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their submissions guide.

Oregon Humanities is seeking submissions from residents of Oregon on the topic of “Beyond.” They pay $500 to $1000 for features. To learn more, read their call for submissions here.


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