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.

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Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for contributing to this article.

New Internationalist is a bi-monthly magazine and a website that reports on global social and environmental justice and equality. They will soon be commissioning features (1,000 to 2,000 words) for their upcoming editions. They usually pay £250 for a 1,000-word article for their magazine. If you have any under-reported global justice story that you want to cover for them, then refer to their co-editor’s Tweet and their guidelines.

The Imprint is a daily news publication that reports on “child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children and families.” They are accepting pitches for “child welfare stories based in the U.S.” They encourage “pitches from writers of color, and those with lived experience in the foster care system.” They will pay $1 per word. Pitches should be sent to kgonzales@imprintnews.org. To learn more, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Gawker is a gossip blog. Their editor is always accepting feature pitches. They pay $0.33/word for non-reported pieces and $0.50/word for reported pieces. Email your pitches to george.civeris@gawker.com. To read their editor’s Tweet, click here. To read some of their recent features, click here.

The health and wellness editor of Bustle is currently seeking a Latinx journalist to write about breast health. Bustle is a women’s website covering a variety of topics. Payment starts at $350. To learn more, read this Tweet, and their submission guidelines.

Wireframe Magazine is a fortnightly print magazine about video game development. They’re currently seeking pitches for interview-led longform features. They pay £80 per page, with features usually two to eight pages per article.  To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Art UK is the online home of the United Kingdom’s public art collections. They are actively seeking story pitches from Black writers who have experience writing about the arts. They mainly 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.” They typically pay £100 to £150 (800 to 1,500 words). If interested, send your pitches to lydia.figes@artuk.org. For more information, read their Tweet and guidelines.

NSUN (The National Survivor User Network) is “a membership organisation of people and grassroots groups with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, and trauma.” For a new series, they are commissioning written pieces (opinion pieces, reported features or critical essays) on abolition and mental health. They are only accepting pitches from “U.K. based writers with lived experience of mental ill-health, trauma, and/or distress.” They will pay £100 per piece (1,000 to 2,000 words). For more information, refer to their Twitter thread and submission guidelines and pitching form.

Deadline: October 1st, 2021

Harper’s Bazaar is a monthly women’s fashion magazine. Their digital deputy editor is always seeking stories on fashion and style. According to one payment report, they paid $400 for a feature of 800 words. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

26 Magazine is a POC-owned men’s luxury print/digital magazine. They are looking for entertainment (luxury, music, film/TV, fashion, travel, and well-being) writers for pitches and in-house celeb interviews. Rate is $100 to $125 per piece (1,000 to 1,250 words maximum). If interested, email samples to hello@26-magazine.com. To read their Twitter thread, click here. To visit their website, click here.

The Guardian is a British news and media website. Their commissioning editor, global development has tweeted, “I’m interested in examples of sustainable food production & farming practice success stories in the global south. Recent projects that are both locally-drive, small-scale but scalable.” “Feel free to pitch ideas if you can report on the ground.” According to their freelance charter, they pay 31p per word. If interested, email isabel.choat@theguardian.com. To learn more, read their commissioning editor’s Twitter thread and their freelance charter.

The Leicester Citizen is “an independent newsletter for the people of Leicester and Leicestershire.” They are looking for new writers. They pay £90 for a 1,000-word feature story. If interested, email your pitches to reece@leicestercitizen.co.uk. Read their Twitter thread here and learn more about them here.

Parents Magazine (Parents.com) helps parents raise happy, healthy kids. Their deputy editor is looking for pitches on the topic of single parent finances. “How-tos, personal essays, all welcome, the more specific/unique the better.” Rate is $200 to $300 for 800+ words. Pitches should be sent to aedelman@meredith.com. Read their deputy editor’s Tweet here and their writer’s guidelines here.

Opportunity to write for a special edition bookazine – History of Black America. They are seeking enthusiastic writers to write articles that “cover key moments, influential figures, and cultural milestones.” Rate is £35 to £270. If interested, email dan.peel@futurenet.com. For more information, read this Twitter thread.

The Inspired Source is a solutions-focused opinion piece series by EachOther (a UK-based human rights project). They are “looking to commission someone who feels strongly about Spectrum 10K and its potential impact on human rights.” They prioritize emerging writers from marginalized backgrounds. Rate is £50 per opinion piece (400-600 words). Send your pitches to editorial@eachother.org.uk. Read their Twitter thread here and their pitch guide here.

Kotaku is a gaming news and tips website by G/O Media. They are seeking pitches on “Minecraft, Valorant, Apex Legends, Pokemon Go, No Man’s Sky, Fortnite, speedrunning, FF14, BOTW, Animal Crossing.” They are also seeking Black perspectives on Death Loop. Rates start at $300. Reported pieces are more likely to get accepted. If interested, email your pitches to phernandez@kotaku.com. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread and their ‘about’ page.

Slate is an online general-interest magazine that offers analysis and commentary on news, politics, business, culture, and technology. Their senior editor is always seeking “more pitches on gaming, music, anime, internet culture, TV, movies, cartoons, especially from BIPOC/non-male/non-cis writers.” She likes criticism/commentary, reports, and features. Rate: $150 to $400. Email your pitches to allegra.frank@slate.com. To read their senior editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To read their pitch guide, click here.

Futurism covers science, technology, and medicine news that are changing the world. Their managing editor is “looking for pitches for a package on the FUTURE OF PLEASURE.” He is mainly seeking fascinating essays and exploratory reported pieces with 1 to 3 interviews. Pay will be around $500. Send your pitches to jon@futurism.com. Read their managing editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Slow Travel Berlin is a website about the German capital. They are currently looking for “autumn & winter pitches about Berlin, or happy to commission some existing ideas.” Themes: “culture, history, art, architecture, food, social & political issues, interesting/obscure places, profiles.” Fee is 100 euros per article. If interested, email slowtravelberlin@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Freelance Opportunity for Female Video Game Writers: “Looking for female video game writers for a new women’s gaming site that is launching soon. $200 per ~1000 word article, topics include Valorant, League of Legends, Fortnite, Minecraft, Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Pokemon, World of Warcraft, and more.” To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread.

Empire Magazine is a British movie magazine. Their acting features editor has tweeted, “We’re almost full for issues until end of the year but always after amazing ideas so please send pitches that will surprise/delight me. We’ve got big name stuff covered so lateral thinking is welcome.” They pay 35p per word. Read their acting features editor’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.

Freelancing With Tim is a newsletter for freelance journalists. They will start commissioning stories next month. They want service stories (around 600 words) that help journalists navigate the industry. Rate: $200/story. Pitches should be sent to freelancingwithtim@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their ‘about’ page.


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