23 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

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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.

The TRiiBE is a publication that centers Black Chicago. They are seeking pitches about Black Chicago. They are looking for reported stories, evergreen holiday stories, listicles, Black Chicago nostalgia stories, film/TV/book reviews, restaurant/bar stories and reviews, opinion pieces, and photo essays. They pay $50 per piece. If interested, send your pitches to tiffany@thetriibe.com. To learn more, refer to their Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Linktree is “the market-leading linking platform that was the first of its kind, creating an entirely new category in tech.” Their content editor is seeking “writers who specialize in food, subcultures, tech, finance/business, sports, and social media/marketing.” For features, their rates start at 40-50c per word. If interested, email sahar@linktr.ee. For details, refer to their content editor’s Tweet.

The Daily Dot is a website that covers internet culture and life online. Their deputy tech editor is looking for pitches. He is “specifically looking for original reporting focusing on internet rights, tech policy, telecom policy, and tech companies.” Rate is $200 to $300. Pitches should be sent to awyrich@dailydot.com. To learn more, refer to their deputy tech editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Dirty Spoon is a radio show and an online journal about the people behind our meals. They are seeking personal essays and interviews that center the conversation of food and beverage in a new light. They will pay an honorarium of $50 per piece (800-1,500 words). To learn more, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Lacuna Voices is a UK-based digital space that showcases beautiful, worthy true-life features. They are seeking Christmas pitches for all of their sections. They want exclusive, true-life stories that are told in the first person. They don’t want commentary or opinion pieces. Rate is £100 for 1,000 words. For more information, refer to their Tweet and pitching guide.

Covid Update publishes coronavirus news from all over the world. They have tweeted, “*CALLING EU JOURNALISTS!* Covid Update is looking for independent reporting (text, video, photos) of protests in EU countries against vaccine passports and mandates. These are important stories.” They pay $100 (CDN) per story (700-800 words). Read their Tweet here and submit your pitch here.

West End Phoenix is a periodical local newspaper for Toronto’s West End. They are seeking pitches for their food issue: “We’re looking for ideas for features of all sorts – profiles, Q&As, photo essays, personal writing, reportage, roundups, poetry, illustration-driven pieces, even experimental forms – that tell the stories of how food is shaping us and our city.” They will pay $0.50 per word. Pitches should be sent to hello@westendphoenix.com. Read their Twitter thread here and their call for pitches here. Learn more about them here.

Deadline: October 15th, 2021

Stylist Magazine is a weekly magazine and a website for smart, successful, and sophisticated women. Their fitness editor is always seeking freelance pitches. If you have an uplifting fitness story/challenge or a specific technique that you have found that you want to share, then email miranda.larbi@stylist.co.uk. Rate is £150 per piece. Read their fitness editor’s Tweet here and their pitch guide here.

Briarpatch is a Canadian magazine of politics and culture. They are accepting pitches for their unthemed March/April issue. They are seeking “investigative journalism, interviews, feature articles, narrative reporting, project profiles, comics and graphic texts, book reviews, and photo essays that are rooted in anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, feminist struggle.” They pay $150 for profiles, short essays, book reviews, and parting shots (1,500 words or less); $250 for feature stories (1,500 to 2,000 words) and photo essays; and $350 for research-based articles and investigative reporting (2,000 to 2,500 words). For more information, refer to their Tweet and call for pitches.

Deadline: November 1st, 2021

Liberal Currents is a publication that is dedicated to the “defense of liberal ideals.” Their editor would “love to see more policy advocacy.” He has tweeted, “I would, for example, love to publish something on the Haitian deportation crisis and what to do about it. And I really want to publish a piece on abortion in light of Texas SB8 and the prospect of overturning Roe v Wade.” Writers of color are especially encouraged to pitch. Rate is $50 per piece. Pitches should be sent to writers@liberalcurrents.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their ‘about’ page.

Pipeline Artists focuses on “education, empowerment, and elevating authentic voices in film, publishing, and beyond.” They are seeking “freelance contributors who can speak to a range of topics in the arts, including culture and politics.” They accept pitches for articles (including interviews), short stories of any length, and poetry. They pay $75 to $350+ per piece. If interested, send your ideas to stories@pipelineartists.com. For details, read their Tweet and submission guidelines.

OutVoice is “the only freelance invoicing solution built specifically for publishers, by publishers.” They are looking for freelance writers to write about freelancing. If you have “a great idea about how to make this industry better”, then email your pitches to meira@outvoice.com. They are interested in reported features with analysis about the industry, tips/tricks to build independent business, interviews with successful freelancers/stakeholders, etc. They will pay $200-$400 for 800 words. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Fence is a London-based independent quarterly magazine. They publish essays, comic sketches, investigations, and fiction. They also publish “insider accounts, often anonymously, by people with unique insight into powerful institutions and current events.” They are accepting pitches for their Issue 10. They pay £150-£250 per piece (1,000-1,500 words). Send your pitches to editorial@the-fence.com. For details, refer to their Tweet and pitch guide.

MadameNoire is a lifestyle website for Black women. They cover fashion, beauty, entertainment, parenting, health, and love. Their managing editor is accepting pitches. They will pay $200+ depending on “content type, editorial, feature, profile, op-Ed, reported, etc.” For details, refer to their managing editor’s Tweet and this page.

The Daily Beast is a news and opinion website dedicated to independent journalism. Their science & innovation editor is accepting pitches. He is especially interested in stories that fall under the following broad topic areas: space, climate change, brain science / neuroscience, and cities. He is mostly looking for stories that fall under a mini-feature length (800-2,000 words). According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.33 per word. If interested, send your pitches to neel.patel@thedailybeast.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their science & innovation pitching guide.

The Expert Reviews Editor for Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, and Bicycling Magazine has tweeted, “Freelancers and product testers, let’s work together! My email is open for intros and pitches: adrienne.donica@hearst.com.” “Expert Reviews publishes gear/product reviews written by real-world experts, in-the-know freelancers, and often people who fall into both categories. I’m looking for writers and experts who know about STUFF and are excited to recommend the best of it to our eager audiences so they can run, pedal, hike, garden, cook, work, sleep, game, and make/fix things better and more enjoyably.” If you know about “running, cycling, tools, tech, home appliances, cooking, cars, gardening/landscaping, apparel, outdoor activities for all four seasons, fitness, personal care/grooming, gaming,” then contact their editor. Their rates start at $350 for 1,000 words. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread.

The Martlet (a student newspaper based out of University of Victoria) and the Native Students Union (a student-run collective that supports the Indigenous student community at the University of Victoria) are looking for pitches for their Indigenous-focused issue: “This project will highlight Indigenous news, stories, and artists from the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lək̓ʷəŋən people, and Indigenous peoples from other nations that are living and working on the lands we now call Victoria. Selected writers are expected to spend time developing stories and relationships within a community to ensure proper representation of stories, or building off relationships they may already have.” They will pay $150 per story (about 1,000 words) to 8 Indigenous writers. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and call for pitches.

Deadline: October 25th, 2021

Bitch Media is a nonprofit, independent, feminist media organization dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. They are accepting pitches for their Touch issue (Spring 2022). They generally pay $700 to $1,000 for features, $350 for dispatches, and $250 to $700 for culture stories. To learn more, refer to their Tweet, call for submissions, and contributors’ guidelines.

Deadline: November 7th, 2021

HuffPost Personal is a personal stories section in HuffPost (a news and opinion website). The head of HuffPost Personal is always seeking smart and unique personal essays. He has tweeted, “From sex to identity to parenting to loss, if you have one you want to pitch, send it to Noah.Michelson@HuffPost.com. People with/from diverse backgrounds/experiences especially welcome. I’m always looking for something to be ‘at stake’ in a piece — why should the reader care about it? What can they learn / take away / feel from it/you? Why are you exactly the right person to tell this story?” Rate is $125. For details, refer to this Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

New York Focus is “an independent newsroom covering state and local politics in the Empire State.” Their executive editor is accepting pitches. They generally pay $800 per reported piece. Send your pitches to rebecca@nysfocus.com. Read their executive editor’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.

Nat Geo’s travel editor is looking for freelance journos and writers. They are looking for great stories. They will pay $1/word ~ $1,000. If interested, contact allie.yang@natgeo.com. To learn more, refer to their travel editor’s Tweet and their pitching guidelines.

The Monitor is a bimonthly policy and current affairs magazine by CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). They are seeking pitches for their Jan/Feb issue that explores life 20 years after the introduction of Canada’s Anti-Terror Act: “How do we make amends for the damage caused by 20 years of Islamophobia? How do we restore equitable freedom of assembly in Canada?” They are looking for features, investigative journalism, book reviews, and illustrations. They pay $300 for <800 words, $500 for 1,300 to 1,500 words, up to $800 for features, and $200 for book reviews. They prioritize marginalized writers. If interested, send your pitches to monitor@policyalternatives.ca. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their call for submissions.

Deadline: October 15th, 2021

Are We Europe is a quarterly publication that commissions articles and photo series from young journalists in Europe. They are seeking pitches for Designing (for) Humans: “The shape of our surroundings determines how we are/act. We want to explore how design at different scales works for (or against) humans, and the impact it has on our everyday lives.” Their rates start at 0.10 cents per word for non-fiction. They offer 200 euros for photo series and 50 euros or an AWE membership for fiction and poetry. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and pitch guide.

Deadline: October 17th, 2021



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