17 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

Dear Writers,

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

We’ve researched payment rates and found contact information for all of the publications listed here. Keep in mind that rates may still need to be negotiated. Be sure to carefully study each publication before sending them a pitch. The more preparation you do before writing the pitch, the better your chances of success.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Darklight Digital is Looking for Pitches

Darklight Digital is an online platform featuring fresh voices in photography culture. They’re accepting pitches from both new and established writers at india@darklight-art.com. Rates begin at £125. Read their post here. Download their pitch guide here.

Food for the Worm is Looking for Essays about U.S. Horror Films

Food for the Worm is “an irregular essay series about U.S. horror films and what they have to teach us about ourselves.” They’re open for pitches. They’re seeking “interesting essay ideas regarding U.S. horror films that come from books.” Rate is $250. Pitches should be sent to mailfortheworm@gmail.com. For more information, read their post and guidelines.

Deadline: September 27th, 2023

Rooted in Rights Blog is Open for Drafts and Pitches

Rooted in Rights Blog is a platform that amplifies the authentic perspectives of disabled writers. They’re open for drafts and pitches. They’re looking for “reported and investigative articles, op-eds, creative nonfiction, personal essays, interviews, and short fiction on disability, with an emphasis on disability rights and justice, written by people who identify as disabled.” They accept pitches and drafts from disabled writers from any country. Their standard word count is 800 to 1,000 words. Pay is at least $400 per piece. Read their post here. Submit your ideas here.

Insider is Seeking Pitches from American or Japanese Parents

Insider’s senior editor is looking for an American parent who’s living in Japan or a Japanese parent who’s living in the US. They would love pitches on the cultural differences when it comes to postpartum, raising kids, and more. They will pay $250+ per article. If interested, send your pitches to cpreti@insider.com by mid October. To read their senior editor’s post, click here. To visit Insider’s contact page, click here.

Insider is Looking for Aldi and Trader Joe’s Employees

Insider’s associate editor of lifestyle and entertainment freelance writers is seeking Aldi and Trader Joe’s employees: “I’m looking for current or former Aldi and Trader Joe’s employees who have worked at their stores for 5+ years. I’d love to have you share some of your favorite things to buy there.” Rates begin at $185. To read their associate editor’s post, click here. To visit Insider’s contact page, click here.

This Magazine is Looking for Pitches for Jan/Feb Issue

This Magazine is a Canadian progressive magazine of politics, arts, and culture. They’re seeking pitches for their January/February 2024 issue. The issue is unthemed. They’re looking for “news, features, culture columns, arts stories, and personal essays.” They publish Canadian residents only and pay $150-$300 for features and $60-$100 for columns. Pitches should be sent to editor@thismagazine.ca. To learn more, refer to their post and this page.

Deadline: September 28th, 2023

i-D is Looking for Pitches

i-D is a fashion and style publication by Vice Media. Their editor is seeking pitches for film lists, rankings, and features. Rate is £200+. Pitches should be sent to jenna.mahale@i-d.co. To read their editor’s post, click here. To read their pitch guide, click here

Paper Magazine is Looking for Features

Paper Magazine covers fashion, music, film, TV, famous people, nightlife, politics, art, culture, sex, dating, and more. Their managing editor is seeking features in advance of their re-launch: “I’m looking for interviews, profiles, and takes in the realms of fashion, music, nightlife, art, and internet culture. The weirder (and queerer) the better!” They’re also looking for column ideas. Their rates begin at $350/feature. If interested, email matt@papermag.com. To read their managing editor’s post, click here. To visit their contact page, click here.

Resonate is Seeking Story Proposals

Resonate is an online travel publication. They’re seeking proposals for stories. Some require a quick turnaround with copy due by September 23. Others are needed early October onwards.

Themes are:

– Native crafts

– Hidden gems/ in my backyard.

Pay is €100 for 600 to 1,000 words. Send your pitches to content@ethicaltravelportal.com. To learn more, refer to this post and their writers guidelines.

AFAR is Looking for Pitches from Indigenous and Native Writers

AFAR is a multi-platform travel media brand. For an online package on Indigenous travel, they’re looking for pitches from Indigenous and Native writers. If interested, send your pitches for “feature-style stories, round ups, and/or service pieces” to mhamilton@afar.com. Their digital rate is $0.50/word. To learn more, refer to their arts and culture associate editor’s post and their contributor guidelines.

Deadline: September 22nd, 2023

Prism is Looking for a Freelancer from the Bay Area

Prism is a BIPOC-led news outlet that covers voting rights, electoral justice, criminal justice, racial justice, workers’ rights, immigration, the environment, gender and LGBTQIA+ issues, and more. Their news editor would love to have a freelance writer from the Bay Area write a story about the new plan of federal and local officials to target drug dealers in San Francisco. Pay is $0.50 per word. Pitches should be sent to carolyn@prismreports.org. To read their news editor’s post, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

East Bay Nosh is Seeking Food Stories

East Bay Nosh is the food section for both Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Their editor is seeking pitches for food stories in the East Bay. They love people-focused stories. They also love “pitches on people growing or producing food in unexpected ways and places, tackling food insecurity and justice issues, and fighting for better labor conditions.” They pay $100 for briefs, $250 for reviews, a minimum of $350 for complex features, and a minimum of $500 for in-depth enterprise and investigative reports. Send your pitches to tovin@eastbaynosh.org. To learn more, refer to their editor’s post and their freelancer guide.

Next City is Looking to Commission a Detroit-Based Reporter

Next City is a nonprofit news organization that covers urban policy, planning, transportation, and design. Their editorial director is looking to commission “a Detroit-based reporter to cover an effort to keep veterans housed.” They will pay $400 for 800 to 1,000 words. If interested, get in touch with their editorial director (ideally by September 15) at deonna@nextcity.org. To read their editorial director’s post, click here. To visit their contact page, click here.

Deadline: September 15th, 2023

Insider is Seeking Pitches from Parents who Won’t Allow their Kids to Play Football

Insider is a global news publication. Their senior editor is seeking “pitches from parents who won’t allow their kids to play football.” “Extra points if it comes from someone who watches a lot of football.” Pay is $250. If interested, email cpreti@insider.com as soon as possible. To read their senior editor’s post, click here. To visit their contact page, click here.

Nat Geo Travel is Looking for Spooky and Bizarre Pitches

Nat Geo Travel’s editor is looking for spooky, kooky, and bizarre (travel-related) pitches. They’re accepting pitches about hell caves, occult trends, and fascinating lore. Pay is $1/word. If interested, email starlight.williams@natgeo.com. To read their editor’s post, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Deadline: September 20th, 2023

Scalawag is Accepting Pitches for Haints of the Black South Series

Scalawag is a Black-led, woman-run website and magazine dedicated to the American South. They’re accepting pitches for their Haints of the Black South series. They want to “explore the things that still haunt the South, both in a literal and figurative sense.” “Alongside regional stories of haints and hauntings—from Appalachian apparitions to Gullah Geechee Boo hags and other folklore—we are also seeking critical and personal essays, poetry, short fiction, photography, video, and other multimedia exploring personal, historical, and spatial hauntings connected to and within the Black South.” Pay is $500 to $1,200 depending on the type of submission. To learn more, refer to their post and form.

Deadline: September 28th, 2023

Studio Magazine is Seeking Submissions for Spring/Summer 2024

Studio Magazine is a national publication about contemporary craft and design in Canada. They publish twice a year and have an ongoing web presence. They’re looking for submissions for their Spring/Summer 2024 issue: DEFINITION. The issue will re-visit “the question of what it is that defines craft.” While they’re interested in the shifts brought about by tech, they’re “also looking to explore themes including, but not limited to, authenticity, classification, heritage, history, and cultural shifts.” Pay is .30 cents/word. To learn more, refer to their tweet and this page.

Deadline: September 30th, 2023


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