21 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $1 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.

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— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

AFAR is a multi-platform travel media brand. They’re open to pitches for an upcoming summit (April 25-27, 2023) for content creators in Puerto Rico. They will pay a stipend of $500. For details, refer to this tweet and this page.

Deadline: March 19th, 2023

Midnight Sun is “a magazine of socialist strategy, analysis, and culture.” They have tweeted, “Preoccupied with a question or argument about left/labour/social movement strategy? About how the forces of liberation might build power? Pitch us!” They’re especially interested in hearing from people who are seldom featured in left media. They’re accepting pitches on a rolling basis. They offer up to CAD $300 for articles and $100+ for poetry. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

High Country News is a non-profit magazine covering the Western US. They’re always interested in “pitches for stories in the Southwest where ecology, place and culture/identity intersect.” They pay $1 per word for 650 to 2,000 words (shorter is better). Send your pitches to paigeb@hcn.org. To learn more, read their senior editor’s tweet and their submission guidelines.

Vacationer Magazine is an LGBTQ travel magazine. They’re seeking pitches for “spring/summer travel, sustainable travel, and travel from the lesbian, trans, and nonbinary perspective.” They pay $75 (£50) to $200 (£150) per piece. For details, refer to their editor-in-chief’s tweet and their pitch guide.

Fast Company Work Life offers “productivity tips and hacks, inspiring stories of success and failures, career advice, and a look inside the future of work.” Their senior editor is always seeking new writers. She has tweeted, “Do you have ideas about workplace culture, leadership and hiring trends, careers, or equity and inclusion efforts? Pitch me!” Rates for reported articles begin at $400+. Pitches can be sent to jherbst@fastcompany.com. To read their senior editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Fare Forward is “a Christian review of ideas.” They’re accepting pitches for their print issue, On Waiting Well. They welcome “philosophical and theological reflections on waiting, personal stories from the patient and impatient alike, and creative interpretations of the theme.” They will pay $200 per essay (around 2,000 words). Send your pitches to fareforwardjournal@gmail.com. For more information, refer to their Twitter thread and submission guidelines.

Deadline: March 27th, 2023

Going (formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights) offers cheap flight deals. They’re seeking pitches for “once-in-a-lifetime/one-of-a-kind experiences (e.g. beach where you can see more wild bears than anywhere else, hotel inside a 5,000 year old cave, kayaking on the clearest lake in the world).” This is an ongoing call for pitches for their new newsletter. Pay is $250+ for 500-600 words. For details, refer to their content marketing director’s tweet and this form.

Maisonneuve is a Montreal-based quarterly of “arts, opinion, and ideas.” Their newly appointed associate editor is looking for pitches for their upcoming tech issue. They’re seeking “reported features/essays about tech with a strong Canadian angle, compelling narrative elements, and hot take/fresh perspective.” As per this tweet by Maisonneuve, their standard rate is 15 cents per word. Pitches can be sent to nour@maisonneuve.org. To read their associate editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To read their guidelines, click here.

Jewish Currents is “a magazine committed to the rich tradition of thought, activism, and culture of the Jewish left.” They’re accepting pitches for their Winter 2023 themed issue. The issue will focus on the state of Florida. They’re seeking “reported features, investigations, profiles, conversations, and essays.” They will pay at least: $400 for analysis and review pieces, $500 for news reports, $300 for long conversations, $150 for short conversations, and $1,000 for in-depth web features. They will pay $1/word for print features. To learn more, refer to their tweet, call for pitches, and freelancer agreement.

Deadline: April 24th, 2023

Retro Dodo is a retro gaming website. They have tweeted, “We’re looking for feature pitches about trading/collectible card games! Have a unique story about Pokémon Cards, Magic The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh?” Send your pitches via DM on Twitter or email pitches@retrododo.com. Budget is £150 for 2,000 words. To read their tweet, click here. To visit their ‘contact’ page, click here.

ApartmentAdvisor is “re-inventing the apartment search process to help renters find the perfect combination of place, location, and price.” They’re accepting pitches for The Key (which is their guide to all things renting). They publish content across 4 categories:

– News (usually 1,200-2,000 words)

– Lifestyle (800-1,500 words)

– Real Renters (800-3,000 words)

– Renter Guide (800-2,000 words)

They’re seeking reported features, expert Q&As, personal essays, data-driven stories, and more on the wide world of apartment renting. They’re particularly interested in writers with data journalism backgrounds. They pay $125 to $300 per piece. If interested, email your pitches to lilly.milman@apartmentadvisor.com. To learn more, refer to this tweet and this page. To contact them, refer to this page.

Glamour is an online magazine for women. Their website director has tweeted, “Very sad to hear about the redundancies across the journalism industry lately. If you worked at gal-dem, DMG etc and find yourself newly freelance and looking for work, please pitch us at @GlamourMagUK. We’re always keen to work with new writers. Particularly keen on opinion pieces hooked to pop culture news and investigations into issues affecting gen-Z and millennial women today.” According to a previous tweet by this website director, they pay £200 for standard pieces and £300 for in-depth reports and investigations. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

SFGate covers news and entertainment from the Bay Area and beyond. Their editor is seeking more regular freelancers to write content on living in the Bay Area. Rates are $250+. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Opportunity for a Catskills-based Reporter: “I’m looking for a Catskills-based reporter for a series on rural housing issues in that part of NY. It’ll be 3-5 articles and some radio work.” This is a joint project between the Times Union and WJFF Radio Catskill 90.5 FM. Rate will be at least $0.50 per word. To learn more, refer to this tweet.

Study Hall is an online publication and community for media workers. They’re seeking guest Digest writers who can contribute to their weekly newsletter. The Digest “focuses on major news stories in the media world and should feel something like reading the opening few pages of a magazine — fun, informative, quick-reading, and of-the-moment without being too overtly news-y.” They’re interested in “coverage of media gossip, disability rights, developments in LGBTQ+ media, BIPOC perspectives on the media industry, developments in AI, and tech’s role in the changing media industry.” They will pay $750 per Digest. To read their tweet, click here. To submit your pitch, click here.

The Kitchissippi Times is a community newspaper for Kitchissippi ward (in Ottawa). Their editor has tweeted, “Are you a journalism student in Ottawa? The Kitchissippi Times is looking for freelance writers to join our team!” This opportunity is open to everyone, not just journalism students. Rate is around $50/piece. For more information, DM their editor on Twitter or email charlie@kitchissippi.com. To read their editor’s tweet, click here. To contact the Kitchissippi Times, click here.

Pittsburgh City Paper is an alternative newspaper that covers news, restaurants, culture, arts, and entertainment in Pittsburgh. Their editor-in-chief is looking for pitches from Pittsburgh writers. She wants cool and offbeat story ideas, scoops, secrets, insights, exposés, and more. Rates are $150 to $500. Send your pitches to ali@pghcitypaper.com. Read their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread here. Contact them here.

The Lead is a micro-mag about politics and culture. They’re commissioning features (1,500-2,000 words) and op-eds (800-1,200 words) on housing, immigration, racism, inequality, and the environment. They’re also expanding their criminal justice and education coverage. They will pay at least £180 for op-eds. If interested, send your pitches to pitches@thelead.uk. To read their Twitter thread, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

Static Media is a startup that delivers quality content across a wide spectrum of topics. They’re seeking tech and food writers for “SlashGear, Mashed, Tasting Table and Daily Meal.” They will pay news writers $21/hour for a minimum of 10 hours a week (assignments are usually 300-900 words). They will pay feature writers 8 cents/word (assignments are usually 3,000 words). To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To visit their website, click here.

Bon Appétit is a magazine that features recipes, cooking tips, reviews, and more. Their restaurant editor is accepting pitches (on a rolling basis) for a series. They have tweeted, “If you’re a writer with strong feelings about one of your city’s most iconic dishes and where to eat it, get in touch! Prioritizing longtime locals!” They’re currently only accepting US stories. Rate is $500. If interested, send your pitches to elazar@bonappetit.com. Read their restaurant editor’s Twitter thread here and their pitch guide here.

New Humanist is a magazine of culture and science. Their deputy editor is accepting pitches at jessica.abrahams@newhumanist.org.uk. They’re “interested in reportage, book reviews, philosophy, Big Ideas, and science.” They pay £350-£500 for features and about 10p/word for reviews and online-only. To read their deputy editor’s tweet, click here. To learn more about them, click here.


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