16 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors and Publishers

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

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Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for contributing to this article.

The head of content at Gaming Bible is currently seeking pitches for feature articles. They want “topical tales to tell of fantastic audience appeal.” They pay £100 per 1000 words. To learn more, visit their website, and refer to this Tweet.

The Fence is a London-based independent quarterly magazine. They ship internationally but focus around life in the capital. They are committed to promoting the work of young writers. They are currently seeking pitches for their 9th issue. They usually pay £75 to £250 per piece (800 to 2,500 words). They’ve already accepted pitches on “working in a chicken shop in a zoo, what’s it like to be a vet, and we’ve also sent a writer to recce the worst bar in London. ” To learn more, read their pitch guide and refer to this Tweet.

Salt Magazine is an independent magazine that showcases arts, music, and culture from across Greater Manchester. They are looking for a Greater Manchester-based writer for “a thoughtful piece of feature writing which reflects on the idea of Northern Identity and how this relates to and intersects with art and music in Manchester.” Rate is £250. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread, this form and this brief. To contact them, refer to this page.

Deadline: September 15th, 2021

Wired UK is a magazine that covers future science, culture, and technology news. Their deputy digital editor is seeking pitches for security stories. He is “looking for original reporting around, privacy, disinformation, policing, scams, tech + civil liberties colliding.” He is keen to work with new freelance writers. He also wants to work with more freelance writers from outside the UK. According to payment reports, they pay up to 35p per word for features. If interested, DM on Twitter or email matt@wired.co.uk. To learn more, read their deputy digital editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guidelines.

Input is a tech publication. Their features editor is always seeking freelance feature pitches at the intersection of technology and culture. Rate: $0.50-$1.00/word. He is also seeking a contract features writer (ideally US-based) to write 1 or 2 reported features per week on tech and culture (internet, social media, sex work). Rate: $0.50/word. If interested, email mark.yarm@inputmag.com. To read their editor’s Twitter threads, click here and here. To contact Input, click here.

lock-on is a gaming journal by Lost in Cult (an indie publisher and design studio). They are currently seeking pitches focused on: “developer interviews and related features (Sega Dreamcast and creators on its platform).” They pay “£30 for around 750 words, up to £150 for longer pieces.” On average, they pay £100. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and pitch guide.

The Globe and Mail is a Canadian news media company. Their deputy opinion editor is looking for pitches. Their “Saturday Opinion section publishes everything from 700-word op-eds to 7,000-word essays (ok, those are rare).” Rates start at $300 for 700-word op-eds. For more information, refer to their deputy opinion editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

The Walrus is a Canadian general interest magazine. They are looking for emerging journalists aged 13-18 for a special upcoming series. They want to know what’s on their minds. Here are some things that they would like to read about:

  • “Why the voting age should be lowered to sixteen

  • Tuition is becoming more and more expensive. Is a university degree still worth it?

  • Rent keeps going up in big cities—will I ever be able to move out?

  • What it’s like growing up when your entire life has been posted to social media”

Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $1 per word. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread and this page.

Deadline: October 10th, 2021

Cosmopolitan UK is a women’s magazine for dating tips, sex advice, beauty tutorials, fashion trends, and celebrity news. Their features director is seeking pitches for Black History Month. Rate is £125 to £200 per piece. If interested, email your pitches to catriona.innes@hearst.co.uk. For more information, refer to their features director’s Tweet and their pitching guidelines.

Verywell Health is an online resource for health and wellness information. Their editor is seeking reported story “pitches on health trends that have emerged or become wildly popular since the pandemic (e.g. telemedicine, zoom therapy, Yoga w/ Adriene, etc).” Rates start at $250. Send your pitches to dlee@verywell.com. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and their pitch guide here.

The Face is a British magazine that covers style, music, TV, film, fashion, culture, and more. They are looking for gaming pitches. According to payment reports, they pay £150 to £500 for features. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their ‘about’ page.

SFGate covers news and entertainment from the Bay Area and beyond. They are seeking Bay Area-centric pitches. They are looking for:

“1) Pitches about the Excelsior neighborhood! Sept. is Excelsior month and we’re looking for news, features, history, culture, food, etc

2) More health and wellness pitches! Think everything from awesome Bay Area hikes to experientials about wellness trends like forest bathing to a deep dive into what happens in a sleep study. Must have a Bay Area tie (Yes, Tahoe is too far)

3) Local stories about the Bay. Think historical deep dives, trend stories, profiles on unique and interesting people, stuff related to parks and all things real estate.”

Rate is $200 to $400. If interested, DM their editor on Twitter. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and contact them here.

The Objective is a nonprofit newsroom that publishes “reporting, first-person commentary, and reported essays on communities journalism in the U.S. has typically ignored.” They are looking for “pitches on how science journalism ignores the communities it should be helping, as well as stories on how science journalists from historically marginalized backgrounds were failed by editors and institutions.” They will pay four writers $500/article. Read their Twitter thread here and their pitch call here. Learn more about them here.

Deadline: September 10th, 2021

TC Jewfolk is an independent Jewish online media hub that engages, informs, and connects the Jewish community in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. They are looking for submissions on “High Holiday Everything, Back to School, Sephardi Voices, Shabbat Diaries, Jewish Media Reviews, Sukkot, Local Politics, Creative Work, Humor.” According to their submission guidelines, they pay $50 to $100 per article. If interested, send your drafts and pitches to editor@tcjewfolk.com. To read their Tweet, click here. To read their submission guidelines, click here.

Homeculture is a newsletter about home. Their founder has tweeted, “There’s so much more to write about kitchen and home design. I will keep pushing on this subject. But I also want to publish perspectives left out of the white capitalist blueprint. If you’ve got a pitch, I’ve got a platform that pays.” Rate is $200 per piece (usually under 1,000 words). Pitches should be sent to megelaineconley@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Shondaland is a storytelling company founded by Shonda Rhimes. Their editor is seeking pitches for October and November on the following topics:

  • “Author interviews/profiles (no reviews)

  • Entertainment profiles/interviews

  • Culture articles/essays about TV/Film/Music/Visual and Performing art (no reviews)

  • Women doing amazing things in the arts”

Rates start at $400. Send your pitches to britni@shondaland.com. Read their editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is a nonprofit organization that produces compelling journalism about income inequality and poverty in America. Their editor has tweeted, “Pitch me: I’m looking to assign a personal essay to a parent whose child relies on their school’s free meal program. Looking for narrative, story-driven writing that shines a light on the impact/importance on this program.” Rate is $1 per word. Pitches should be sent to deborah@economichardship.org. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their call for pitches and submission guidelines.


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