17 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors & Publishers

Dear Writers,

Here’s a list of 17 calls for pitches and articles, directly from editors and publishers. We’ve found submissions guidelines pages, payment rates, and editorial contact information for these listings, when available.

When we’re putting together these lists, our general policy is to limit it to publishers that are offering at least $50 per article. I know for many writers that would be woefully inadequate, while other writers would find that more than acceptable. We’ve had a lot of discussions about the “cutoff” point, in terms of pay. Our general thinking is that there is little harm in making pay rates transparent, as much as possible, even if they are low. If you have thoughts about this feel free to email: jacob@freedomwithwriting.com


Jacob Jans
Freedom With Writing

Thanks to Fatima Saif for her extensive research on this article.

Metro’s personal and opinion desk is open for first person story pitches. Their rates generally start at £70 for 600 to 800 words. If interested, email your pitches to jessica.carter@metro.co.uk. For details, refer to this Tweet. To learn more about them and to contact them, refer to this page.

SheKnows empowers women through discussions and articles related to women’s issues including health, relationships, sex, parenting, and beauty. They are open for pitches to their entertainment vertical. They are interested in movies, TV, books, music, pop culture, royal family, and celebrity life. They typically pay $100 for such features. Send pitches to lballhaus@shemedia.com. To learn more, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Jewish Currents is a print and digital magazine that is “committed to the rich tradition of thought, activism, and culture of the Jewish left.” Their newly appointed web editor is accepting pitches for reports, analysis, features, investigations, and more. According to their editor-in-chief, they pay $200 to $300 per web piece. If interested, send your pitches to nora@jewishcurrents.org. For more information, read their web editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

HuffPost Personal is a personal stories section in HuffPost (a news and opinion website). They are seeking compelling first-person essay pitches. “From sex and love to identity to parenting to personal takes on political issues,” if you have a story you want to pitch, send it to pitch@huffpost.com or emily.mccombs@huffpost.com. Rates start at $125 per piece (800 to 1,500 words). For details, read their deputy editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Insider is a global news publication. Their editor of lifestyle/entertainment freelancers is seeking “freelance writers who live near/have plans to visit cool locations of popular chains around the globe, like the spaceship-themed McDonalds or the world’s biggest Costco.” They are looking for the biggest/oldest/coolest locations. The writer must be able to visit the location in person. Rates will start at $230. For more information, refer to their editor’s Tweet and this form.

First Person Scholar is an online game studies periodical. They are accepting contributions for their upcoming special issue: Decolonising Queer Games and Play! They will pay $175 CAD per article. Articles may be “commentaries, essays, book reviews, interviews, multi-media projects, or other formats.” If interested, send abstracts of 150 to 250 words to kheehoon.chan@gmail.com. For more information, refer to their Tweet and call for papers.

Deadline: March 8th, 2021

Opportunity for a freelance finance writer. If you are super into finance and want to write a weekly newsletter about SPACs, then refer to this Tweet and this form. Pay will be $50 per newsletter to start and $75 per newsletter after a trial. You will write about 500 words per newsletter.

Adolescent is a GenZ-focused online publication. Their fashion & beauty editor is seeking fashion and beauty articles from GenZ writers. She has tweeted, “Fashion and beauty still feels a little stuck in the binary so please don’t feel discouraged to pitch an article not typically showcased in these categories! With that said I’m looking for more articles on fashion & tech, unique beauty trends, inclusivity in the modeling industry (positive or negative-personal experience encouraged), and pieces on personal experience w/ dressing a certain way.” BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers are encouraged to pitch. Rate: $0.05 per word. Pitches should be sent to riley@adolescentcontent.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Civil Eats is a source for daily news about the American food system. They are seeking pitches about all things food and agriculture, and are especially interested in pitches from writers with experience in “policy, climate, school meals, race, and science.” Rates: reported features start at $500, and shorter interviews, reviews, profiles, and other short pieces start at $400. If interested, contact pitches@civileats.com. Read their Tweet here and their FAQs for contributors here.

Grit Daily is a source for news on brands, fashion, tech, business, influencers, entrepreneurship, and life. Their managing editor is accepting tech/business focused pitches. Pay is $100 for 1,000 words. Email your pitches to julia@gritdaily.com. For more information, read their managing editor’s Tweet and their editorial guidelines.

HelloGiggles is a positive community for women. Their senior lifestyle editor is looking for new writers for their lifestyle vertical. They don’t cover food and travel, but cover everything else. If interested, contact raven.ishak@meredith.com. According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.05 per word. Read their editor’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.

What’s Next Magazine is an online magazine and newsletter that publishes solutions journalism stories regarding alternatives to policing. They are looking for pitches for solutions journalism stories (800 to 1,200 words) about alternatives to policing. They will publish two stories per month. The theme of the first month is policing and schools. Pay is $0.10 per word. Send pitches to editor.whatsnext@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Input is a tech publication. Their contributing features editor is seeking compelling and ambitious feature pitches. Broadly speaking, they are interested in stories at the intersection of tech and culture. They cover fashion and streetwear in particular. Rate is $0.50/word and up. Pitches should be sent to mark.yarm@team.inputmag.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

MIT Technology Review is a media company that is “making technology a greater force for good.” Their commissioning editor is looking for pitches about the future of cities- “where are we headed, and what role will technology play?” Rates start at $1 per word. Email your pitches to amy.nordrum@technologyreview.com or DM their editor on Twitter. Read their editor’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.

R29Somos is Refinery29’s new vertical that celebrates and explores the modern Latinx identity in the United States. They are continuously building their roster and are looking for Latina/x freelance writers. Their rates vary widely but features start at $300. If interested, contact thatiana.diaz@vice.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To read R29Somos’ articles, refer to this page.

Unearth Women is a print and digital feminist travel magazine. They are open for pitches. They are seeking profiles of women for their Women to Watch series. They are also seeking reporting on women’s issues around the globe for their Unearthed section, and travel trends/news pieces. They pay $100 to $200 for digital stories of 800 to 1,500 words, and $300 to $400 for print magazine stories of at least 1,500 words. Pitches should be sent to unearthwomen@gmail.com. For more information, read their Tweet and writers guidelines.

AskMen is a lifestyle website for men. Their dating & culture editor is seeking some fresh and original pitches for their dating vertical. They will pay $100 to $300 per article. Send pitches to sean.abrams@ziffmedia.com. For details, refer to their editor’s Tweet. For more contact information, refer to this page.

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