24 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors and Publishers

Dear Writers,

Here are 24 calls for pitches/articles directly from editors and publishers. The list includes a wide variety of topics, including global warming, arts crowdfunding, Black Lives Matter, yoga, COVID, and much more.

Please carefully study each publication before submitting a pitch to them.


Jacob Jans

PS: Thanks to Fatima Saif for her research on this article.

Ours to Save is a new journalism initiative that focuses exclusively on the climate crisis. Their interactive map shows “crowdsourced, breaking climate news from all over the world.” They are accepting pitches for short profiles and longer features for the month of August. They are “particularly keen to hear stories on Latin America, and about interesting ‘green recoveries’ happening anywhere.” They will pay £30 for short profiles and £80 for long features. Send your pitches to florence@ourstosave.com. For details, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

Deadline: July 24th, 2020

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. Their senior editor is looking for pitches on Lovecraft Country (HBO) and An American Pickle (HBO Max). They pay around $150 per piece. Send pitches to rachel@b-word.org. To learn more, read their editor’s Twitter thread and their contributors’ guidelines.

Culture Pledge shares arts crowdfunding stories. They are looking for writers to cover the arts and crowdfunding. They want writers who are passionate about helping artists get funding. They will pay at least $0.10 per word. Read their Tweet here. Submit your pitch here.

Vox’s culture team is looking for fandom pitches from BIPOC journalists who write about K-pop. Their culture staff writer has tweeted, “we want to cover K-pop, but the fraught fandom/cultural politics make it a space where we need your voices as journalists!” According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.43 per word. If interested, DM their culture staff writer on Twitter. For details, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Independent is an online British newspaper. They cover news, politics, sport, culture, lifestyle, and more. They are looking for timely opinion pieces. According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.26 per word. Send pitches to matthew.jenkin@independent.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Inform is an online hub that provides up-to-date, relevant, and quality information to people with disabilities. They are seeking pitches from writers with disabilities in Australia. They want pitches on a range of topics which include travel, sport, relationships, parenting, self-advocacy, and AT. They will pay $200 for 800 words. Send your pitches to kirby.fenwick@iagroup.org.au. To learn more, read this Tweet. To visit their website, click here.

We Black and Nerds is a blog by Black Girls Create which is an “intersectional hub for Black creators and critical fandom.” They are always seeking “pitches around critical fandom, media representation, and personal essays.” They pay $50 per post (around 700 words). To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Peril is an Asian Australian online magazine of writing, arts, and culture. They are accepting submissions for their No Theme edition. They are paying “$200 for poetry, visual art, fiction, non-fiction, essays, and political opinion” and “$300 for extended essays, and long-form prose over 2,000 words.” Send submission to peril@peril.com.au. For details, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Deadline: September 15th, 2020

Skin Deep makes “space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production.” They are seeking pitches and submissions from Black creatives. They publish “writing, photography, video, illustration; features, interviews, explainers, analysis; fiction, non-fiction, or a hybrid of the two.” They prefer pieces of around 1,200 words. They pay £150 to £250 per piece. Send pitches or submissions to submissions@skindeepmag.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Campendium is “the leading campground listings and review site for modern RVers and tent campers.” They provide information about the best campsites in the US, Canada, and Baja California. They are seeking freelance writers for their blog. They will pay $0.15 per word. Find more details here and here. Read their blog here.

Bright Wall/Dark Room is an online magazine that is dedicated to “exploring the relationship between movies and the business of being alive.” They are accepting submissions for their September issue which will celebrate the life and works of Billy Wilder. They are looking for essays that shed new light on him. Their critical essays are generally 2,000 to 4,000 words. They pay $100 to $300 per essay. For details, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Deadline: July 31st, 2020

Mental Floss is a media brand that offers interesting facts, quizzes, trivia, and brain teasers to the audience. Their managing editor is always seeking great entertainment and pop culture pitches. For lists, their rates start at $150. For short features of 500 words, their rates start at $125 and for longer features, rates start at $200. Send your pitches to jmwood@mentalfloss.com. To learn more, refer to their managing editor’s Tweet. To learn how to pitch them a story, refer to this page.

North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is a nonprofit organization that “works toward a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice, and enjoy a relationship with the United States based on mutual respect, free from economic and political subordination.” Their web editor is accepting pitches. They accept pitches in both English and Spanish. They welcome contributions covering “political and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean, issues affecting U.S. Latinx communities, and U.S. policy in the hemisphere.” They typically pay $75 to $125 per article (1,200 to 1,500 words) plus $25 for photos. Send pitches to mpskowski@nacla.org. For details, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

The Daily Beast is a news and opinion website dedicated to independent journalism. They focus on politics, power, and pop culture. They are looking for science writers for “help keeping up with the rush of research on COVID therapeutics, vaccines, and more.” Payment reports indicate that they pay an average of $0.33 per word. If you are interested in freelancing for them, DM their editor-in-chief on Twitter. Read his Tweet here. Contact them here.

Liberal Currents offers “discussion, elucidation, and defense of liberal principles and institutions.” They are seeking “well researched and imaginative pieces about tackling any and all problems caused by COVID-19 and the economic collapse.” They pay $50 per piece. Send pitches to writers@liberalcurrents.com. For details, refer to their founder and editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread. To learn more about them, refer to this page.

Business Insider and Insider are looking for opinion pitches. Business Insider is a website that covers business, financial, and technology news. Insider is a website that shares all the adventures that life has to offer. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.35 per word. Send your pitches to opinion@businessinsider.com. To learn more, refer to their opinion writer and editor’s Tweet. To read their opinion pieces, refer to this page.

Podcast Review is an online magazine that features in-depth writing on podcasts. They are accepting pitches for podcast reviews and lists. They will pay $50-$75 per article. If interested, send your pitches to submit@podcastreview.org. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Contingent Magazine is a nonprofit online magazine for “everyone who asks questions about the past.” They are accepting mailbag pitches. Their editor has tweeted, “Is there a question you often get asking why or how historians teach or research or write? Do you like writing for the public, explaining how historians work? Then pitch us!” Their base rate for mailbag columns (400-500 words) is $100. Read their editor’s Tweet here. Learn how to pitch them here.

Up Our Street is “the community magazine from Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Management.” They have tweeted, “How has the BLM movement inspired your writing? Just over a week to go to submit your words for Autumn issue of Up Our Street.” They will pay £50 per piece to Black writers aged 16-25. Send your entries to becky@upourstreet.org.uk. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and this page.

The New Humanitarian is “an independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflicts, disaster, and other crises.” Their Latin America editor-at-large is looking for pitches from writers based in the region. She is “particularly interested in stories from Central America, other countries receiving little attention, and anyone at Mexico’s borders.” According to their senior editor, their base rate is $0.40 per word. If interested, send your pitches to paula.dupraz@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Overground Collective amplifies BIPOC voices and perspectives. They are looking for pitches from Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian writers. They will pay $100 for features and $50 for section pieces. Features include investigations, reported stories, and thinkpieces of 600 to 800 words. Sections “offer a space for idea-driven writing with a distinct, authoritative voice. That may take the form of reporting on a national issue, local news, a personal essay, a historical piece, thinkpieces on cultural or political trends, or reviews of books, movies, or TV shows as a jumping-off point for a larger discussion.” To learn more, refer to their Tweet and submissions page.

Art UK is “the online home for every public art collection in the UK.” They are seeking “pitches from disabled writers who want to write about art and artists.” They pay £100 to £150 for pieces of 700 to 1,200 words. If interested, send pitches to andrew.shore@artuk.org and lydia.figes@artuk.org. Read their Tweet here and contact them here.

The Lockdown Gazette is “a newspaper for the digitally excluded of Newcastle and Gateshead.” The newspaper will be distributed to communities that might not have access to the internet during lockdown. They are seeking a variety of content (short stories, poetry, recipes, useful resources, activities, puzzles, cartoons, artworks, illustrations, etc.) for their second edition. They are “open to all ideas, but would be really interested in work that reflects on experiences over lockdown, or on adapting how rules and restrictions are changing.” The contributors must be from the North East. Pay will be £50 for existing work and £100 for a new piece. Details here and here.

Deadline: July 30th, 2020

Aligned Magazine is a lifestyle journal with a goal to “nourish a community of yoga-inspired individuals through stories, visual essays, and local gatherings.” They “explore the crossroads of well-being, culture, and social responsibility.” They are looking to assign writers for some wellness/ecology profiles. Send your inquiries to submissions@alignedmag.com. Pay is $100 per profile. To learn more, refer to their founder’s Tweet and this page.


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