15 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $6,000+ Per Article)

Dear Writers,

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

Please do not contact any of these editors without carefully studying their publication to make sure that you’re sending a pitch that closely fits their needs. If too many people send bad pitches, editors are likely to no longer openly solicit pitches. So, please do your part and only contact an editor after doing your due diligence.

If you’re not sure how to write a good pitch, read this.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks for Fatima Saif for her research on this list.

The Atavist Magazine is a digital-only publication that releases one blockbuster nonfiction story every month. They are (almost) always open for pitches. They are seeking deeply researched longform (8,000-30,000 words) nonfiction with attention to narrative. Their editor-in-chief is looking for: “stories people want to read to the very last word, propulsive can’t-put-them-down stories, stories people want to recount to their friends. We want surprises, adventure, intrigue, nuance, and above all humanity.” They accept pitches from both early-career journalists and seasoned pros. Their baseline story rate is $6,000. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and submissions page.

Reader’s Digest UK is a general interest family magazine. Their editor is commissioning SPORT: “Stories need to be evergreen – no news please! But a wide net when it comes to what sport & who’s playing!” They pay £60-£100 per piece. Send your pitches to anna.walker@readersdigest.co.uk. Read their editor’s Tweet here. Contact them here.

Progress Report is a newsletter focused on activism, progressive politics, and policy. They encourage grassroots and local stories. They are seeking writers for a paid gig. Pay is $150 to $200 per story (800 to 1,000 words). If interested, reach out as soon as possible at jordanzakarin@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their ‘about’ page.

Digital Spy is the United Kingdom’s biggest TV and movies site. They offer news on TV, movies, soaps, showbiz, music, games, and tech. Their deputy movie editor is currently open to pitches for Digital Spy’s movie section. Payment rates will be indicated if a piece is commissioned, but previous reports indicate they paid £60 for a TV review of 350 to 500 words. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, visit this page.

Opportunity to Write about Health, Mental Health, Family, and Fitness: “I have a few upcoming projects centering around health, mental health, family, and fitness ($500-$750). Please DM if interested with a short bio and relevant clips.” This opportunity is only for US/Canada writers. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread.

Healthline is a health information website. They are seeking pitches on suicide prevention: “I’m looking for a take on what prevention can look like by incorporating facts without removing the personal nature of the topic. I’d love for this to come from a person who has either experienced a mental health crisis, works in mental health, or currently navigating mental illness.” Rate is $250 to $300 for 800 to 1,000 words. They can accept pitches from US or international freelancers, but cannot currently onboard new freelancers in CA, IN, MA, NJ, or WV. Email your pitches to twhite@healthline.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their ‘about us’ page.

Deadline: September 21st, 2022

GameRevolution is a gaming website that publishes gaming news, reviews, previews, guides, features, and more. They are seeking a Lead Entertainment Writer. The applicant should ideally be UK-based and have “experience writing about film, TV, and streaming series.” The selected applicant will write about 3 posts a day for $2,000 p/m. Time commitment is flexible. Send your CV to jobs@gamerevolution.com. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Harper’s Bazaar is a monthly women’s fashion magazine. Their beauty director has tweeted, “I’m looking for some fresh beauty features and beauty voices on BAZAAR.com. Pitches for essays and reported features should feel buzzy and new.” Their rates start at $400 a story for interviews/digital features. Send your pitches to jrosenstein@hearst.com. Read their beauty director’s Tweet here. Learn more about them here.

Healthline is a health information website. They are seeking pitches related to the upcoming holiday season. The pitches should be on the following topics:

-“First topic: What is the importance of creating new holiday traditions and how can we foster them? I’m looking to talk about folks in new situations. New parents (esp. through adoption or fostering), new couples, blended families, etc.”

-“Second topic: I’m looking for someone who has figured out how to have a stress-free December by planning and shopping ahead of time. Give me your game plan and the timeline.”

-“Third: How to thrive during the holiday season with your chosen family. I’m looking for a Queer writer to discuss the process of grief and acceptance and give tips around embracing folks in your inner circle that may not be blood related, and the varied ways this can look.”

Rate is $250 per piece (no longer than 1,200 words). US or international freelancers are fine, but they cannot onboard new freelance writers from CA, IN, MA, NJ, or WV. If interested, send your pitches to twhite@healthline.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their ‘about’ page.

International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) offers the latest tips, training opportunities, trends, and tools for professional and emerging journalists around the world. They are accepting pitches. They are looking for “tips and tricks that can help journalists globally.” Most of their freelancers work in English, but they have now also added the opportunity to work in Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Rate is $200 per article. For details, refer to this Tweet and this page.

City Hall Watcher is a newsletter about Toronto City Council. They are seeking more election stories ahead of Toronto’s October municipal vote. Pay starts at $150 for shorter pieces and $300 for longer ones or guest issues. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and their ‘about’ page.

TheGamer is a gaming website. They are accepting feature pitches. Their editor has tweeted, “Mainly looking for timely and/or social oriented op-eds, or reported stories. That means new angles on evergreen games (Pokemon/Skyrim/Witcher etc) or interesting takes on new releases. Open to column ideas about fresh ways to play big titles.” They pay $100 for 500 to 750 words and $125+ for 750+ words. Send your pitches to stacey.h@thegamer.com and jade.k@thegamer.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their ‘about’ page.

Reader’s Digest UK is a general interest family magazine. Their senior editor / culture critic is looking for pitches, especially on music, health, home and garden, motoring, and technology. Cost of living crisis angles are welcome but not crucial. Rate is £60-£100. If interested, send your pitches by the end of the month to eva.mackevic@readersdigest.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The New Republic is a journal of opinion that is dedicated to solving today’s most critical issues. Their deputy editor is open to pitches. They pay at least $250. If interested, email your pitches to avarkiani@tnr.com. To read their deputy editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To read their submission guidelines, click here.

Kindred by Parents is a Black family focused community. Their editorial director has tweeted, “We’re looking for pitches from Afro Latinx writers… stories that tell a family experience while resisting the white gaze. What stories about your family, families in your community, or your experiences parenting have you been looking to tell? Pitch us at kindred@dotdashmdp.com.” Rate is $250 to $400+. Read their editorial director’s Tweet here. Contact them here.



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