18 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $2 Per Word)

Dear Writers,

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

Please carefully study each publication before sending a pitch.

If you’re new to pitching, here are a few resources to help you get started:

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Mobilisation Lab offers training in systems-based, people-powered advocacy to changemakers seeking greater impact. They are “accepting pitches from journalists/organizers around the world analyzing creative campaigns that are working, campaigning under authoritarianism, offline + online grassroots organizing strategies and more.” They are especially seeking pitches from “non-US/Europe/Aus voices, grassroots campaigners and organizers, social movement voices, and people behind diverse networked coalitions, networks, alliances, and more.” They can pay $300 to $500 per piece (around 500 to 1,200 words). If interested, email your pitches to editor@mobilisationlab.org. To learn more, read their editor’s tweet and their contributor guidelines.

Pipeline Artists focuses on “education, empowerment, and elevating authentic voices in film, publishing, and beyond.” They are looking for ongoing contributors for 2023. They have tweeted, “If you have a hot topic in the arts, political or otherwise, light and breezy or otherwise, that you’re eager to write about, email the pitch to stories@pipelineartists.com.” They pay $75-$300+ per accepted piece. To read their tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Vera Magazine is Virgin Atlantic’s in-flight magazine. Their deputy editor is seeking a Boston-based writer for a city guide (700 words). Rate is £600. If interested, email jessica.prupas@ink-global.com. To read their deputy editor’s tweet, click here. To read their magazine, click here.

Deadline: January 9th, 2023

The Assembly is a digital magazine that publishes interesting, deeply reported, and nuanced stories about the state of North Carolina. They are looking for pitches from women. Rates start from $1,000. To learn more, read this tweet and their pitch guide.

The Order of the Good Death is “a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality.” They are “looking to commission more writings about the green burial movement and the intersection with Indigenous land and stewardship movements.” They are flexible in terms of the word count of articles, but the sweet spot is 800 to 1,000 words. They haven’t mentioned the rates in their tweet but according to their previous pitch call, rates start at $150+ per article. To learn more, refer to their tweet and pitch guide.

Smithsonian Magazine is a journal that covers history, science, nature, culture, the arts, travel, and technology. Their senior editor is accepting print pitches for three history-focused departments:

  1. “For American Icon, the ~750-word essay that opens each issue of the magazine, I’m always looking for smart pitches that highlight some cultural product, structure, foodstuff, etc. that is uniquely and revealingly American.”
  2. “For shortish features in the front of the book, I’m looking for rich narratives that involve some manner of new historical discovery or interpretation.”
  3. “Single-pages — got a good Weird History story that would work in short form? A story that involves a smart graphic or infographic treatment? Hit me up!”

They are also accepting pitches for longer features including true crime, fascinating journeys into subcultures, and profiles that help us see the natural world in a new way. Their print rates are $2 per word. If interested, email scheinmant@si.edu. Read their senior editor’s Twitter thread here. Contact them here.

CRWNMAG is a print magazine for Black women. Their managing editor is seeking someone to write “a thoughtful essay about aging while Black.” Rate is $300. Email your pitches to blackashley@crwnmag.com. Read their managing editor’s tweet here. Contact them here.

Deadline: December 23rd, 2022

Well+Good covers fitness, cutting-edge nutrition, natural beauty, travel, and more. Their lifestyle writer is accepting tips/pitches. They will cover all facets of lifestyle including travel, wellness, sex, relationships, finance, career advice, and more. According to their pitching guidelines, they pay $150 to $500+ for reported pieces and $200 to $400+ for personal essays and op-eds. To read their lifestyle writer’s tweet, click here. To read their pitching guidelines, click here.

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: “Do you know of a journalism tool, app or resource that we haven’t covered? A media innovator who has a fascinating story to tell? Or do you simply want to discuss a current media trend taking place in your country? If so, we want to hear from you.” Most of their freelancers work in English, but they have now also added the opportunity to work in Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. They pay freelancers $200 per article. For details, refer to their tweet and this page.

BorderLore is a monthly digital journal that documents, shares, and elevates folklife in the US Southwest and Northern Mexico. They are seeking “stories (and writers to write them!) about culture, heritage and climate.” They will select up to 15 participants to research and write/produce the stories. The participants will “join a 2-day (online, weekend) training in early February 2023 and attend monthly peer sessions through June 2023.” The participants will be paid a stipend of $500. To learn more, refer to this tweet and their call for pitches and participants.

Deadline: December 30th, 2022

The Green Line covers Toronto’s local news. They are seeking “long-form pitches that tackle a systemic housing issue in the city through a solutions lens, especially from experienced investigative and/or feature reporters based in Toronto who specialize in housing issues.” In the past, they have paid $0.40-$0.75/word depending on the individual freelancer’s rates. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Opportunity to Write about Leadership: “Looking for some freelance writers to write about leadership, leadership styles and strategies, etc.” Rate is between $300 and $500 per article. For details, refer to this tweet.

Bellona Magazine is “a biannual journal and publishing collective.” They are accepting pitches for their ‘Surplus’ issue. They are looking for “speculative pitches on the political economy, aesthetics, rhythms and spatialities of surplus.” Rate is $150 per essay. If interested, send your pitches to bellonamagazine@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to their tweet and submissions page.

Deadline: January 20th, 2023

Andscape is a media platform exploring the intersections of race, sports, and culture. They are looking for pitches: “Writers, pitch me interviews with interesting Black people in the sneaker industries. Stories about unique jobs, stories about change-makers, people making money doing unconventional jobs, etc.” Rates begin at $500+. Pitches should be sent to john.gotty@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Weathered is a newsletter about “the built environment during the winter.” They are looking for “stories about cities, landscapes, and the built environment in the context of the wintertime.” They are particularly seeking “topics surrounding maintenance/care, open/public space, insulation, climate change, togetherness/isolation, unusual winter infrastructure, etc.” They pay a flat rate of $200 per story (up to 1,800 words). To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Logic is a print and digital magazine about technology and society. They publish 3 times a year. They have tweeted, “We are currently soliciting pitches for Issue 19 of Logic(s): supa dupa skies (move slow and heal things). We hope to channel supa dupa fly rhythms in calling forward technologists who are baby mommas, villagers from the countryside, locked up, hustling, or just travelers wandering, looking for a place to catch their breath.” Their rates start at $1,200 for shorter essays (1,200 to 1,600 words) and $2,000 for longer features (2,000 to 4,000 words and up). For more information, read their Twitter thread and pitch guide.

Deadline: January 27th, 2023

Oregon Humanities Magazine is a triannual publication that “connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.” They are open for submissions for their Spring 2023 issue. The theme of the issue is “Joy and Pain.” They want to “hear stories about experiences that bring both happiness and suffering.” “Consider, for example, the pleasures and burdens of parenthood, the ecstatic highs and lows of adolescence, the satisfaction and bodily harm of physical labor, or any other human endeavor that is at once bitter and sweet.” They only accept work by people who reside in Oregon. Rate is $500 to $1,000. For details, refer to their Tweet and call for submissions.

Deadline: December 21st, 2022

Briarpatch is a Canadian magazine of politics and culture. They are accepting pitches for their unthemed May/June issue: “Ask a burning political question, share an experience with grassroots activism, or dig into an urgent investigation.” They pay $150 for profiles, short essays, reviews, and parting shots (usually 1,500 words or less); $250 for feature stories (usually 1,500 to 2,000 words) and photo essays; and $350 for research-based articles and investigative reporting (usually 2,000 to 2,500 words). To learn more, read their tweet and call for pitches.

Deadline: January 2nd, 2023



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