21 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors and Publishers

Dear Writers,

Here’s our latest roundup of calls for pitches directly from editors. See also our list of 13 Calls for Essays & Op-Eds Directly from Editors.

Before contacting any of these publications, please carefully study their website, as well as their call for pitches, and make sure that you are sending a highly relevant pitch. If you’re relatively new to pitching, or want to improve your pitching ability, please watch this free lecture.

— Jacob Jans

PS: Thanks to Fatima Saif for contributing to this article.

Science for the People (SftP) is a magazine and website dedicated to “building and promoting social movements and political struggles around progressive and radical perspectives on science and society.” They are accepting proposals in English or Spanish for their Winter 2021 issue, “Cooperation: Theory and Practice for the Commons.” They pay $250 for feature-length stories of 2,000 words and above; $200 for shorter features, reviews, columns, and other articles of 1,200 to 1,500 words; $100 for short pieces of 600 to 1,000 words and interviews; and $50 for poems. For more information, refer to their Tweet, call for proposals, and submissions page.

Deadline: August 25th, 2021

Inverse covers science, innovation, entertainment, gaming, and the mind and body. Their deputy editor is seeking a POC freelance journalist in Arkansas for an interview with a political figure. Rate could start at $200 to $300. If interested, DM their deputy editor on Twitter or email jacob@inverse.com. To learn more, refer to their deputy editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Anti-Racism Daily is continuing to seek submissions from BIPOC writers on “perspectives on race and racism. U.S. based, $300 paid upon publication (700-800 words).” To learn more, read their Tweet, as well as their submission guidelines.

Fortune is a business publication. Their sustainability editor has tweeted, “I’m looking for pitches for Fortune’s sustainability report about NEW MARKETS emerging in the ESG space. Esp looking for writers with a finance background (green bonds, crypto, etc).” According to one payment report, they paid $1,000 for a 1,500-word news analysis. Send your pitches to dariasolo@maifence.com. For more information, read their sustainability editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Art UK is the online home of the United Kingdom’s public art collections. Their aim is to tell stories behind the UK’s art. They publish “stories about broader themes in art history, artworks, artists and collections represented on the site – as well as interviews with artists and museum professionals.” Anyone is welcome to pitch but they especially encourage pitches from writers from marginalized backgrounds. They pay £100 to £150 per story (800 to 1,500 words). If interested, email your pitches to pitches@artuk.org. For details, read their Tweet and pitch guide.

The New Arab is a news website covering the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. They are “welcoming pitches for investigative pieces tackling issues from government corruption and state snooping in MENA to serious crime and terrorism.” According to one payment report, they paid $180 for a piece of around 800 to 1,000 words. Pitches should be sent to investigations-english@alaraby.co.uk. Read their Tweet here and contact them here.

The Washington Post is seeking freelance journalists for their Climate Solutions vertical. They need “writers that can bring a conversational tone to climate topics & have creative ideas for solutions-based journalism.” According to one payment report, they paid $500 for a feature. If interested, email dayana.sarkisova@washpost.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

DigitalOcean provides “the easiest cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any size.” They are looking to publish tutorials by content creators who are into security and django. They typically pay $300 per tutorial. For details, refer to this Tweet and this page.

The Inspired Source is a solutions-focused opinion piece series by EachOther (a UK-based human rights project). If you have “anything to say about how venue inaccessibility has impacted your life,” then send your pitches to editorial@eachother.org.uk. They will pay £50 per piece (400 to 600 words). For details, refer to their Tweet and pitch guide.

Yes! Magazine is an independent and nonpartisan publisher of solutions journalism. They are seeking pitches for their winter 2022 issue: A New Social Justice Movement. Their print base rate for reported articles is $0.50/word while their website base rate is $0.35/word. If interested, email your pitches to winter2022@yesmagazine.org. For details, read their Tweet, call for submissions, and submissions guidelines.

Deadline: August 9th, 2021

SevenSix Agency is “a London-based influencer marketing and talent management agency dedicated to diversity and inclusion.” They are looking for talented freelance writers to contribute articles (on inclusivity and the influencer marketing industry) to their blog. They will pay £100 per article. For details, refer to their Tweet and pitch guide.

Euronews Next is a future-focused website covering innovation, science, and technology from a European perspective. As part of their mobility week during September, they are looking for “original stories about the future of personal and public transport.” They are not looking for air or space travel stories. They usually pay €180 for 800-word features. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread, this form, and their website.

Deadline: August 15th, 2021

TripSavvy is a travel website. They are accepting pitches for their “September digital package on food & drink travel.” They will pay $200 to $450 per story. If interested, send your pitches to write@tripsavvy.com before noon EST 08/02/2021. Read their senior editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Deadline: August 2nd, 2021

Opportunity to write for Sunday Mirror & People: “I’m on the Sunday Mirror & People features desk this week. Send me your feature pitches for the coming weeks, esp real life stories. Ideally quirky / uplifting / jaw-dropping.” Pitches should be relevant to a British audience. Rate could be anything from £300 to £1,000. If interested, send your pitches to alex.lloyd@reachplc.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Darklight Art is “an online space selling affordable small edition fine art prints by some of the world’s most exciting photographers and visual artists.” They are seeking freelance art writers to join their team. They will pay £100 per written piece (900 words) or £125 per day for a more consistent role (1 day/week writing content & comms.) If interested, send a writing sample to info@darklight-art.com. Read their Tweet here and contact them here.

Episodes is a newsletter about “TV, film, trans stuff, fiction, and other oddities.” They are looking for pitches on pop culture topics from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers. They will pay $150 per article. If interested, send your pitches to episodes.pitches@gmail.com. You can also contact them if you write about stage plays/musicals, they have a special grant for that topic. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their newsletter.

Thrillist is a website that covers food, drinks, travel, and more. Their local editor for LA, San Diego, Vegas, and SF is always accepting pitches from writers (especially BIPOC and other underrepresented voices) in those markets. At the moment, she is especially looking for Black and POC writers based in the Bay Area. She is looking for food and drink, travel, and trend stories/feature profiles pitches. Rate is $200 to $400. Pitches should be sent to ddorsey@thrillist.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their website.

Real Life is “a magazine about living with technology.” They are always seeking pitches about “technology and everyday life.” They pay $800 for 2,000+ words. Pitches should be emailed to contribute@reallifemag.com. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Scouted is a shopping and product recommendations vertical from the Daily Beast. Their commerce director has tweeted, “Do you have a product in your life that has been the ultimate life hack? I want to know about it! Looking for pitches and just all around creative ideas for Scouted.” They pay $100 for recommendations (about 300 words) and $200 to $250 for longer researched topics or expert interview roundups (500 to 800+ words). Pitches should be sent to jillian.lucas@thedailybeast.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To read Scouted, refer to this page.

Glamour is an online magazine for women. Their acting website director is looking to expand her pool of freelance writers. She is also currently looking to commission a piece on “why hostility is not a flirting tactic.” They pay £200 for about 700 to 1,000 words. If interested, email your pitches to ali.pantony@condenast.co.uk. Read their acting website director’s Tweet here and contact them here.

SFGate covers news and entertainment from the Bay Area and beyond. Their culture editor has tweeted, “Reminder that the SFGate culture vertical is always looking for pitches! New TV shows in Aug/Sept, weird SF history/characters, experiential stunts, unique subcultures, tech-adjacent stuff, drug stuff, email me!” Rate is $150 to $300+. Pitches should be sent to dan.gentile@sfgate.com. To learn more, refer to their culture editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.


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