17 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $1 Per Word)

Dear Writers,

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

All of these are paid opportunities. We’ve included payment rates and contact information for all of these publications.

A friendly reminder: Please be sure to carefully study each publication before sending them a pitch. Make sure you understand the types of writing they publish, and how your proposed idea will fit into their publication. If you’re not sure how to write a good pitch — please keep your eye out for an email from me soon. I’ll be presenting a free lecture on writing pitches that get you published.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list


Authors Publish publishes articles about various aspects of writing and publishing. They just reopened to submissions and are actively commissioning articles. They pay between $40 and $60 per article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

Youth Today is an independent media publisher that covers issues related to youth development, adolescent health, juvenile justice, education, and more. The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is a digital media publication that covers juvenile justice and related issues. They are looking for “pitches on a broad array of news topics regarding youth and young adults who, generally, are no older than late 20s.” “Those reported topics include juvenile justice; disability rights; COVID-19; foster care; adoption; migration; climate change and environment; LGBTQ+/gender; employment and the economy; technology; after school, summer school and other out-of-school time programs, social, economic and other safety net programs; health, including mental and behavioral; substance use disorders; gun violence; homelessness; youth development; resilience; and trauma.” They pay $1 per word for most articles. They work with reporters of all ages. If interested, send your pitches to mlutz@csjournalism.org and kgray@csjournalism.org. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread, Youth Today’s ‘about’ page, and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange’s ‘about’ page.

POPSUGAR UK is a women’s lifestyle site. They are seeking new entertainment (TV, film, music, etc.) contributors from the UK. They are “particularly interested in hearing from fans of Killing Eve and Peaky Blinders.” They pay $50 to $150 per piece. If interested, email nahluwalia@popsugar.com. To read their assistant editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Yahoo Life covers style, beauty, fashion, wellness, and parenting. They are looking for pitches that cover the disability beat, with a special focus on health/relationships/travel/parenting. Their “current tentpoles feature reported pieces on sober curiosity, setting boundaries, and body image — if you have a unique angle on those topics, pitch away!” They are also looking to cover “specific pandemic challenges — from traveling to accessible testing.” Their rates start at $200. Send your pitches to erin.donnelly@yahooinc.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their website.

Insider is a general interest website. Their parenting + health editor is seeking personal essays (maximum 600 words). She has tweeted, “Is your kid quarantining? Has it caused havoc in your life? I want your personal essays!” Their rates start at about $170 for personal essays. If interested, send your pitches to cpreti@insider.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Temblor is a catastrophe modeling company that offers accurate and understandable information about earthquakes. They are looking for freelance writers: “We need science grad students or researchers who want more #scicomm experience, early-career journalists, or anyone with science and writing backgrounds/interest in seismology.” “We highly recommend a strong geoscience background, if not geophysics/seismology, since our articles can be pretty technical at times!” They will offer writers a stipend of $150 per article plus mentoring. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Vice UK’s commissioning editor is seeking unique stories on “internet culture, queerness, weird trends, nightlife, sex, pop culture, style, LIFE.” They are interested in features as well as pieces where you go out and try a theory for yourself. They are not interested in op-eds. According to payment reports, they pay up to 30p per word for features. If interested, send your pitches to daisy.jones@vice.com. To read their commissioning editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Stylist Magazine is a weekly magazine and a website for smart, successful, and sophisticated women. Their entertainment editor is seeking brilliant, thoughtful film and TV features. They pay £150 for 800 to 1,000 words. Send your pitches to christobel.hastings@stylist.co.uk. Read their entertainment editor’s Twitter thread here and their general pitching guidelines here.

Verywell Health is an online resource for health and wellness information. They are seeking pitches from Black writers for their Black History Month series. They are seeking reported stories and health-related reported essays. Some of the topics/ideas they are interested in: “anything related to COVID, how family and community influences healthcare decisions, delays and barriers to care, timely stories, potential Q&As with innovative health orgs addressing Black health.” Rates start at $250. Email your pitches to pdevarona@verywell.com. For details, refer to their news editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Wide Open Eats is “a place celebrating honest home cooks that make the most of what they have, featuring food of every kind and regional style.” They are looking for pitches from Black writers for their Black History Month Series. They are seeking “profiles or stories about rising Black chefs, food makers, businesses in the Southwest and East.” They are also seeking 3 guest recipe posts and pieces on “Black food activism, food with Black history, list of Black-owned restaurants in TX, GA, or FL, Favorite Black food brands, influencers.” Their rates start at $0.10 per word. If interested, email lyndsay@wideopeneats.com. To learn more, refer to their managing editor’s Twitter thread and their ‘about us’ page.

Cosmopolitan is a women’s magazine for dating tips, sex advice, beauty tutorials, fashion trends, and celebrity news. Their newly appointed senior opinion editor is seeking pitches for “personal essays, reported pieces, and cultural criticism” for their opinion section. “Topics can range from irreverent pop culture rants to nuanced takes on public policy.” Rates typically start at $250 to $350. Ideal word count is 600 to 900 words. If interested, email your pitches to patrice.peck@hearst.com. To learn more, refer to their opinion editor’s Twitter thread and their opinion section.

Chatelaine is a Canadian women’s magazine that covers food, health, and style. Their senior editor (who mostly covers food and health in both print and online) is looking for pitches for reported features, memoir, explainers, and more. They pay $1 CAD per word for print and $300-$800 for online stories. For details, read their senior editor’s Tweet and their writers guidelines.

Lovetovisit.com is seeking students, bloggers, and freelance writers across the UK to write for them. They would “love pieces on free things to visit and do in your local area.” They pay 5p per word. If interested, send your ideas to press@lovetovisit.com. To read their commissioning editor’s Tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Upday is a news app. They are looking to “commission stories from freelancers across a variety of topics (current affairs, Covid, politics, crime).” They pay £100 to £200 per piece. If interested, send your pitches to brodie@upday.com. To learn more, refer to this page.

Modern Farmer is a quarterly magazine and website about agriculture and food. They are seeking pitches on the future of food and farming: “We’ve all read about (and perhaps even participated in) urban farming, vertical farming and plant-based meats. But what’s really next for agriculture? What will agriculture look like in 10, 15, 30 years? Will we be farming in Space? What can be grown in Antarctica? Will ancient methods of cultivation become the new standard? Will vegetables be grown in a lab or in the ground?” They are looking for reported features and profiles of 500 to 1,200 words. They will pay CAD $0.50 to $0.66 (USD $0.40 to $0.53) per word. Pitches should be sent to shelby@modfarmer.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

Deadline: January 22nd, 2022

Texas Monthly is a magazine and website that covers Texas news, politics, culture, food, travel, history, music, crime, and more. Their associate editor is seeking “pitches for nature, outdoors, travel, history, and Being Texan (Texas subculture) stories.” They also encourage pitches on “Texas plants, gardening, and ecology.” They also assign stories about quirky Texas communities and history. Rate is $0.50/word for web. Read their associate editor’s Twitter thread here and contact them here.

Mashable is a media and entertainment company that is passionate about entertainment, culture, and technology. Their assistant reviews editor is seeking freelancers to write some reviews for them. They cover “tech, home, kitchen, fitness, and tons of other products.” Freelancers can send them their interests (bonus points if they cover VPNs). They will mostly be assigning reviews but are also open to pitches. Rates start at $250 per review (800-1,500 words). If interested, contact mkern@mashable.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

CIC News is a Canadian immigration news website. They are accepting pitches from freelance journalists. They are interested in stories that help them understand “how policy changes affect newcomers.” They also “appreciate any article that helps immigrants settle in Canada, find a job, start a business, or otherwise adjust to their new lives.” They prefer stories of 600 to 1,400 words. The types of articles that they publish include first person stories, analysis, opinion, features, and news. They accept submissions in English or French and pay up to $1 per word. For details, refer to this Tweet and this page.


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