19 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

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.

New Scientist is a weekly science and technology magazine. Their feature editor is seeking pitches for their holiday and new year special. They want pieces that are light-hearted and quirky. Their Christmas features are usually 1,200 words and start at £620. Send your pitches to joshua.howgego@newscientist.com. To read their feature editor’s tweet, click here. To read their Christmas feature pitching guide, click here.

Bolts is “a digital magazine that covers the nuts and bolts of power and political change, from the local up.” They’re always looking for freelancers to report on stories related to voting rights and criminal justice across the US. Most of the stories they publish involve original reporting. They offer a default rate of $800 for such stories. If interested, send your pitches to pitches@boltsmag.org. For details, refer to their tweet and pitch guide.

TechRadar Gaming offers news, guides, and reviews on games and hardware. They’re seeking “big meaty reported features and someone to help carry the reported load.” They pay around 14p/word for features and £200 for reviews. If interested, email jake.tucker@futurenet.com. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread and their website.

Chicago Magazine is a print and online publication covering politics, dining, travel, culture, and real estate of Chicago. Their 312 editor has tweeted, “Pitch me an Opener for the August issue of Chicago magazine: 1,000 words on a current issue or controversy.” According to a previous tweet by this editor, they pay $500 for 1,000 words. Email your pitches to emcclelland@chicagomag.com. To learn more, refer to this tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Junkee is an Australian pop culture website that covers TV, film, music, gaming, technology, politics, web stuff, and more. They’re seeking music pitches. They’re interested in:

“- Opinions on Australian music issues

– Artist retrospectives

– Rankings!”

They pay $300 for non-interview features and $350 for interviews/features. If interested, send your pitches to bmadden@junkeemedia.com and alice.griffin@junkeemedia.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their ‘about’ page.

East Bay Magazine is a monthly magazine that serves Oakland, Berkeley and the surrounding areas. They’re seeking freelance writers living in the East Bay area to write about “the people, places and things” that power their region. Most of their stories are 1,000 to 1,200 words. Rate is 20 cents a word. If interested, get in touch with them at editor@eastbaymag.com. To learn more, refer to this tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) offers the latest tips, training opportunities, trends, and tools for professional and emerging journalists. If you want to write about any journalism tool, application, or resource that they haven’t covered, then send them your pitches. Most of their freelancers work in English, but they have also added the opportunity to work in Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Rate is $200 per article. For more information, refer to their tweet and this page.

Nurall is a tech startup that guides professional remote workers to explore worldwide neighborhoods. Their managing editor is looking for pitches and has tweeted, “Ever been to a Muay Thai Boxing camp in Thailand? Did you do it while managing to work remotely as a digital nomad? Nurall.co is looking for stories about the place where Thai boxing meets personal transformation.” Pay is $100 to $200. Send your pitches to jamie@nurall.co. To read their managing editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Deadline: June 14th, 2023

Rest of World is a global nonprofit publication that covers technology’s impact beyond the Western bubble. Their features director is seeking a longform writer located in South Africa, for an assignment. The writer should have feature writing experience. According to their features pitch guide, their rates start at $1 per word. If interested, email victoria@restofworld.org. To read their features director’s tweet, click here.

GAY TIMES is a United Kingdom-based LGBTQ+ media brand. Their features editor is seeking pitches on queer culture, communities, internet trends, and more. Rate is between £150 and £250 per feature. Pitches can be sent to zoya.razasheikh@gaytimes.co.uk. To read their features editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their ‘contact’ page, click here.

Black Girl Times (BGX) is “the source for thought-provoking stories and content for Black women, girls, and the people who love them.” They’re accepting pitches related to “anti-Blackness, Juneteenth, or freedom for Black Americans.” They’re especially looking for contributors who identify as Black, LGBTQ, disabled, women, and POC. Rate is $0.25 to $1.00 per word. To learn more, refer to their tweet and pitch page.

Deadline: June 7th, 2023

The editor of the New York Times’ Styles section is open for pitches. The Styles section covers “everything fashion, internet, sex, trends before they are trends, and culture at large.” The section features stories that have some U.S. lens. Pay is $1 per word. Send your pitches to wilson.wong@nytimes.com. To read their Styles editor’s tweets, click here and here. To read their pitch guide, click here.

MIT Technology Review is a media company that explains the commercial, political, and social impact of the newest technologies. They’re seeking pitches for their upcoming issue on hard problems. They’re “looking for *big* swings: narrative features, essential profiles, and sharp essays — especially on topics that have nothing to do with AI.” They will pay $1 to $2 per word. For more information, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Deadline: May 30th, 2023

High Country News is a non-profit magazine covering the Western US. They’re seeking story pitches for their special issue on climate. The issue will “highlight stories of agency + collective action in the fight to decarbonize the West and the efforts to adapt to a changing climate in equitable ways.” Their aim is for the stories to “explore new frameworks for thinking about climate futures.” They will offer a project fee based on $1 per word for reportage and $0.50 per word for reflection. If interested, email your pitches to paigeb@hcn.org or emilyb@hcn.org. To learn more, refer to their senior editor’s Twitter thread and their submission guidelines.

Deadline: June 5th, 2023

The Lead is a micro-mag about politics and culture. They have tweeted, “We’re looking for features covering police overreach, housing, immigration, racism, inequality & the environment. Terrible landlords? Send them our way. Home Office scoops? Bring them. Evidence of systemic racism by any part of the system? Haul ’em in. Untold tales of climate change? From villains to heroes, we’re interested in all…” Their main focus is the United Kingdom, but they welcome relevant global submissions. Rates begin at £180 for op-eds (800-1,200 words). Read their Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

The Outlaw Report is a source for cannabis news in the Mid-Atlantic. They’re accepting pitches on a rolling basis about “all things DMV Cannabis.” Rates are $100 to $300 per article (300 to 1,000 words). If interested, send your pitches to ljdawson@theoutlawreport.com. To learn more, refer to their tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Maisonneuve is a Montreal-based quarterly of “arts, opinion, and ideas.” They’re seeking pitches (with some kind of Canadian connection) for their next issue. The issue is unthemed but some things their editor-in-chief would love to see in her inbox include:

– “Reporting on LGBTQIA+ issues

– Exhibition reviews

– Labour coverage, whether through a personal or reported lens

– Writing from outside of Canada’s urban centres

– Spicy cultural takes”

The editor-in-chief hasn’t mentioned the rates in her tweet, but as per this tweet by Maisonneuve, their standard rate is 15 cents per word. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread and this page.

Deadline: May 23rd, 2023

Nat Geo Travel’s editor is seeking “a couple of travel writers with a hyper focus on Japan for a project.” Rate is between $1,000 and $1,200. If interested, email starlight.williams@natgeo.com by around May 30. To read their editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Deadline: May 30th, 2023

It’s Freezing in LA! (IFLA!) is an independent magazine about climate change. They’re accepting pitches for their 10th issue: PLANTS. They want ideas for “unique essays, interviews, short stories, and features on the theme of plants and ecosystems.” They accept pitches from writers based anywhere in the world. They can work with translators for contributors whose first language is not English. Pay is £150 for 1,000-word essays. Send your pitches to editor@itsfreezinginla.com. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and pitching guide.

Deadline: May 31st, 2023



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