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 do not contact any of these editors without carefully studying their publication to make sure that you’re sending a pitch that closely fits their needs. If too many people send bad pitches, editors are likely to no longer openly solicit pitches. So, please do your part and only contact an editor after doing your due diligence.

If you’re not sure how to write a good pitch, read this.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list

Glamour is an online magazine for women. Their editor is looking for brilliant, feministy pitches (both evergreen and hooked to current affairs). They pay £200 for standard pieces and £300 for in-depth reports and investigations. If interested, send your pitches to lucy.morgan@condenast.co.uk. Read their editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Sports Illustrated is looking for freelance writers who have “experience covering health, fitness, and gear/product reviews.” Pay starts at around $35 per hour. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their website.

Alliance Magazine is a quarterly philanthropy magazine. They are dedicating a three-month focus to “decolonising philanthropy.” If you have pitches tying this subject to climate then email elika@alliancemagazine.org. Pay is £250/1,000 words. To learn more, refer to their digital editor’s Tweet and this page.

Fast Company is a progressive business media brand that focuses on innovation in technology, design, leadership, and ethonomics (ethical economics). Their Impact editor is seeking “a freelance journalist in Jackson, Miss. to write on the water crisis and what led up to it.” Pay starts at $350. If interested, email arawlins@fastcompany.com. To read their Impact editor’s Tweet, click here. To read their Impact section, click here.

Opportunity to Write Mini Essays about your Experience Working as a Writer: “I’m looking for brilliantly written, compelling personal essays of about 300 words (2,000 characters max) shedding light on writing for a living that will inspire my audience.” Rate is $100 per essay. If interested, email your pitches to thewritetripp@gmail.com. For more information, refer to this Tweet and this Instagram post.

Youth Today is an independent media publisher that covers issues related to youth development, adolescent health, juvenile justice, education, and more. They are seeking freelance reporters anywhere in the US who can cover “climate change, child welfare, juvenile justice, disability justice, education, social work & more.” They will pay $1 per word. If interested, email mlutz@csjournalism.org. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

An editor at KCET.org is seeking SoCal based or focused journalists to cover the mid-term elections in November. They are assigning around 5 articles, and are looking for multiple writers. Topics range from state-wide ballot measures (California propositions) to issues on local ballots, voter guides (including for first-time voters), and other issues to help simplify the voting process for Southern Californians. Open to unique pitches as well, but no op-eds or personal essays and nothing that’s been published elsewhere. Each piece should be around 800 words, pay range determined by depth of reporting and not word count (starting at $200/piece). Send inquiries and news/politics clips to shemmerlein@pmgsocal.org.

MIT Technology Review is a media company that explains the commercial, political, and social impact of the newest technologies. Their editor is building up their network of physical science writers. If you write about “physics, space, materials science, computing, defense tech, etc.”, then get in touch with their editor at rachel.courtland@technologyreview.com. Rates range from $1 to $2 a word. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and their pitch guide here.

Azure is a magazine focused on contemporary architecture and design. Their senior editor is always accepting pitches about architecture, design, and urbanism. Pay is $300 to $600. Send your pitches to stefan@azureonline.com. Read their senior editor’s Tweet here. Contact them here.

Sapling and PocketSense are finance websites. They are looking for finance freelance writers who ideally fit the criteria below:

  • Hold an MBA degree or a CPA license
  • Have worked as tax analyst/tax preparer, licensed insurance agent, bookkeeper, or something similar
  • Have financial writing clips that they can share
  • Bonus criteria: Have experience with Clearscope

Pay is $100/article and the expected commitment is 1 to 5 articles a week. If interested, send your resumes and portfolios to RefPubHiring@LeafGroup.com. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread.

gal-dem is a British online and print magazine that is dedicated to sharing the stories of women and non-binary people of color. They are looking to expand their pool of freelance editors for their brand partnership projects. If interested, email suyin@gal-dem.com. Their rates start from £200. Read their Tweet here. Learn more about them here.

Broccoli is a print magazine for cannabis lovers. The magazine is created by an all-women team and published 3 times a year. They are seeking someone fluent in Vietnamese as well as English to craft a compelling interview of a ceramicist. They will pay at least $0.50 per word. If interested, get in touch with their editor as soon as possible. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their ‘about’ page.

Xtra is a Toronto-based digital magazine and community platform that covers LGBTQ2 news, politics, culture, sex, love, and health. They are accepting pitches for a package about climate and LGBTQ2S+ issues. They are open to anything (e.g. essays, features, Q&As, opinion pieces, and service pieces) that “broadly reflects a queer/trans lens on the climate crisis and environmental issues.” They are open to writers as well as stories outside of Canada. They are “particularly interested in hearing from Indigenous journalists and/or sources.” Their rates begin at $350 for short Q&As. Send your pitches to ziya.jones@ptp.media. For details, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Gokhshtein Media offers news and information about blockchain technology. They are looking to add to their stable of writers. They want writers who have a strong understanding of crypto/Web3. They pay $80 for short news briefs of 500 words or less, and $160 for longer news stories of around 1,000 words. If interested, email joe@gokhshtein.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their ‘about us’ page.

Lonely Planet offers travel guides and information. They are commissioning a guidebook for Costa Rica and are looking to expand their pool of expert contributors. The contributors should ideally be living in Costa Rica or have traveled through the country extensively in the last 18 months. They will pay at least 1,500. To learn more, refer to their senior editor’s Twitter thread. To apply, refer to this form.

Deadline: September 12th, 2022

Feminist Food Journal is “an online magazine dedicated to a feminist food future.” They are open for pitches for their Earth issue which is focused on “gender and all things related to our earth home – climate change, farming, foraging, and more.” They will pay a flat rate of $130 per piece. Send your pitches to pitch@feministfoodjournal.com. For more information, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Deadline: September 8th, 2022

Narratively is a media company that publishes original and untold human stories. Their deputy editor is “assigning and editing a series about TURNING FAILURE ON ITS HEAD, i.e., times when failure in one area turned out to be positive in another, or when failure taught you an important lesson that helped shape you.” They only publish nonfiction. Their rates begin at $1,000 and most of their stories are between 3,000 and 6,000 words. If interested, send your pitches to jsposato@narratively.com. To read their deputy editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To read their previous stories, click here.

Deadline: September 15th, 2022



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