24 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $1000 Per Article)

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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.

Chron is the website of the Houston Chronicle (the largest daily newspaper in Houston). They are seeking feature pitches for their website as they increase their culture and lifestyle reporting. They are looking for profiles, first-person essays, cultural commentaries, useful listicles, trend coverage, and more. Their rates start at $0.50/word. Pitches should be sent to sarah.sarder@chron.com. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and guidelines.

The San Francisco Chronicle is a newspaper and website that serves the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. Their assistant arts and entertainment editor has tweeted, “I’m focusing on music & I’d very much like to expand our pool of freelancers. Would especially like to get more pitches from women, POC and queer writers. Also folks who grew up in the Bay. Also people who can hit a word count and meet a deadline.” Rate is around $300 for a 600 to 800 word feature. If interested, email emma.silvers@sfchronicle.com. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and learn more about them here.

Logic is a print and digital magazine about technology and society. They publish 3 times a year. They are seeking pitches for their Issue 16: CLOUDS. The issue will “explore tech’s many clouds and the interesting, hopeful, or destructive shapes they make in the literal or figurative sky.” They are looking for reported articles, features, essays, and profiles. They pay $250 for shorter essays (1,200 to 1,600 words) and $550 for longer features (2,000 to 4,000 words). To learn more, refer to their Tweet and call for pitches.

Deadline: November 8th, 2021

Opportunity to Write for FOX Television Stations: “Hi! I’m building a freelance roster for FOX Television Stations, which is syndicating cultural criticism/pop culture coverage to its network of local news affiliates (NY, LA, Chicago, etc.). Do you love writing about TV and/or film? Are you good at connecting the dots from whatever’s happening right now to movies and series of the past? Are you passionate about making arthouse accessible and digging deep into big glossy blockbusters? HMU.” “Also looking for pitches — interviews, responses to the hot thing of the moment and reflections on hidden gems of yesteryear, takes of all temperatures, anniversary pieces.” Rates start at $200. Pitches should be sent to allison.shoemaker@fox.com. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread.

The New Inquiry is an online magazine and website of cultural and literary criticism. They are seeking submissions for their next issue, ASSETS. They are looking for 1,500-3,000 word essays. They pay $150 per piece. Send your pitches to submissions@thenewinquiry.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their call for submissions.

Deadline: November 20th, 2021

Scuba Diving Magazine is a publication that delivers cutting-edge scuba diving gear, travel, and training information. They are assigning a few digital stories for December 2021 and January 2022. The digital stories that they publish generally fall into these categories: travel, news, animal encounters, training, gear, and conservation. Their rates start at 25 cents per word. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their pitch guidelines.

1843 is a digital magazine that features narrative journalism. The magazine is The Economist’s sister publication. Their contributing editor is seeking great writers and pitches for character-driven news features, narratives, and profiles. According to one payment report, they paid £3,500 for a 5,000-word feature. For details, read their editor’s Tweet and their pitching guidelines.

Insider’s editor of lifestyle/entertainment freelancers is seeking pitches from travel writers or anyone who’s going on or recently went on a cool trip. They “love trains, cruises, and long plane rides!” Rates start at $160. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and this form.

Contently is a content marketing solution. They are seeking “pitches on SEO, media, marketing, brand profiles, and everything in between” for their flagship publication, The Content Strategist. They pay $500 to $1,000 for most stories. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their pitch guide.

Slate is an online general-interest magazine that offers analysis and commentary on news, politics, business, culture, and technology. Their senior editor is looking for pitches on: Maid, Lil Nas X, Adele, and Animal Crossing Update. Rate is $175-$400. Pitches should be sent to allegra.frank@slate.com. Read their senior editor’s Tweet here and their pitch guide here.

The Drift is “a magazine of culture and politics.” They are seeking pitches for their next issue. They are looking for sharp, surprising, and ambitious arguments. They generally pay $300 to $500 per piece. Send your pitches to editors@thedriftmag.com. To learn more, refer to their coeditor’s Tweet and this page.

Men’s Health is a magazine about fitness, health, sex, style, travel, and grooming. Their digital features editor is looking for pitches. They pay upwards of 25p/word. For more information, read their editor’s Tweet and their pitch guidelines.

Stylist Magazine is a weekly magazine and a website for smart, successful, and sophisticated women. Their acting commissioning editor is seeking feature pitches around Diwali. They pay £150 per piece. If interested, email digital.commissions@stylist.co.uk. To read their editor’s Tweet, click here. To read their pitching guidelines, click here.

Future plc is a global multi-platform media company that has over 300 print publications, websites, and events. Their editor is looking for freelancers, especially those who want to write about drones. Rate is around £150 per piece (about 1,000 words). If interested, email ruth.gaukrodger@futurenet.com. Read their editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Rolling Stone is a magazine and website that covers politics, music, and pop culture. Their digital culture reporter has tweeted, “Hear of a game-changing tech development? See something crazy on the web? Notice a viral trend snowballing into something with deeper meaning? Pitch me! Hit me with NFTs, AI, VR, influencers & the metaverse, baby. Oh & please continue to send me music too! If I have time to write about something that overlaps or a song I just love, I will! (Or I can pass it along to a colleague).” According to payment reports, they pay an average of $0.37/word. To learn more, refer to their digital culture reporter’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

NYT Science covers science, medicine, environment, space, and astronomy. Their editor is looking for science stories. She will consider any pitches, but is “extra interested in oceans and marine life, agriculture/aquaculture and food systems, odd hyperlocal or historical stories, and anything that intersects science/culture in interesting ways.” You can also contact her if you don’t have a pitch at the moment. According to payment reports, the New York Times pays $1 per word. If interested, DM their editor on Twitter or email tacey.rychter@nytimes.com. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and NYT Science’s articles here.

Impact is “the new monthly newsletter by Les Glorieuses on gender and politics.” Their editor is looking to feature contributions from trans journalists. She is seeking “stories about feminist movements and women’s rights.” The stories will be published in English and French. Rate: €300 for 800 words. If interested, email meganfclement@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

Mashable is a media and entertainment company that is passionate about entertainment, culture, and technology. Their deputy digital editor has tweeted, “Looking for pitches in the digital culture space for Mashable (TikTok, influencers, memes, internet subcultures, fandom). Think: Trend pieces, explainers, features. Rates $250-$400. Gen Z/Millennial audience. Email me!” Her email is crystal.bell@mashable.com. For details, refer to this Tweet. For more contact information, refer to this page.

Bustle is a lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment website for young women. Their deputy editor is “looking for pitches from millennial women and nonbinary folks around divorce — especially around navigating divorce just months after you got married, or handling your parents’ divorce as an adult.” Rate starts at $300. Pitches should be sent to stephanie.talmadge@bustle.com. For details, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Go Fund Bean is a non-profit organization that supports, uplifts, and defends the hourly coffee worker. They are seeking pieces for their monthly Calibration Notes article (Calibration Notes focuses on coffee and tea industries). They are looking for stories that are underreported. They will pay $200 per article (700-1,000 words). If interested, send your pitches to valorie@gofundbean.org. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread.

Narratively is a media company that publishes original and untold human stories. Their editor is seeking “pitches for stories on what it was like to be part of a high school scandal, and how this shaped your life.” Rates start at $500 (can go up for more ambitious stories). The average length of their stories is around 2,500 words. If interested, send your pitches to julia@narratively.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

Deadline: October 27th, 2021

The TRiiBE is a publication that centers Black Chicago. They are looking for a Digital News Editor who will help them reimagine the way they tell important news stories to their Black Chicago audience. The successful candidate will write and edit news stories and fact-check articles. The candidate will also assist reporters in creation of stories. The candidate should have at least 2 years’ management experience in an editorial role. The job is full-time and located in Chicago. Salary: $52,000. To learn more, refer to this page.

Deadline: October 28th, 2021

The Walrus is a Canadian general interest magazine. They are looking for young writers and artists aged 13-18 for a special upcoming series. Here are some things that they would like to read about:

  • “Why the voting age should be lowered to sixteen

  • Tuition is becoming more and more expensive. Is a university degree still worth it?

  • Rent keeps going up in big cities—will I ever be able to move out?

  • What it’s like growing up when your entire life has been posted to social media”

According to payment reports, they pay up to $1 per word. For details, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Deadline: October 29th, 2021

Clerestory Magazine publishes “stories, articles, and interviews on subjects at the intersection of action and contemplation.” They are looking for “pitches and submissions on environmental racism and injustice.” They will pay $50 per piece. If interested, send an email to submissions@clerestorymag.com. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and submissions guide.

Deadline: October 30th, 2021


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