25 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $1 Per Word)

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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.

Ours to Save is a climate change newsletter that focuses on global green solutions. They are accepting pitches. They have tweeted, “Whether you have a hot take on COP26, or want to highlight how we can make progress outside of the conference sphere, send your pitch to florence@ourstosave.com.” Rate is £50 per 500-word piece. This opportunity is open to writers from all over the world. Read their Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

Deadline: October 24th, 2021

CBC Saskatchewan is a source for news stories, breaking news, and viewpoints from Saskatchewan. They are seeking op-eds and personal essays from Saskatchewan residents on climate change. In particular, they are keen on:

“-How climate change in Canada has affected you directly.

-The moment that changed your mind about the impact of climate change in Canada

-Opinions about climate change that are not being reflected in mainstream media.

-An opinion on climate change that might surprise our audience.”

They will pay $250 per piece. If interested, email your pitches to sask-opinion-grp@cbc.ca. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Fed is “a food startup that designs, prepares, and delivers nutrition-focused meals for specialized diets.” They are accepting pitches for issue # 6 of their food journalism magazine Sliced. The theme for the issue is War and Conflict. They will pay CD$0.15/word for around 1,200 words. They are open to international submissions. If interested, contact editor@fedfedfed.com. Read their Twitter thread here and their previous issue here.

The founding editor of Insider’s digital culture team has tweeted, “Have you had a weird, upsetting, or enlightening experience on the internet that you want to write an essay about (paid). Please reach out! I’d love to publish more first hand accounts of the wild wild web.” Rate is $300 to $1,000 per piece. Pitches should be sent to bgoggin@insider.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Anime Herald is a website that offers news, reviews, interviews, and commentary on anime and anime fandom. They are looking for articles, especially general-interest pieces. They pay $50 per article (1,000 to 2,000 words). To learn more, refer to their Tweet and guidelines. To submit your pitch, refer to this page.

New Humanist is “a quarterly magazine of culture and science.” Their deputy editor is looking for “pitches on big issues and trends: culture, science, human rights, ideas, religion.” She is particularly looking for reported features. Rate is £350-£500 for features and about 10p/word for reviews and online-only. To learn more, refer to their deputy editor’s Tweet and this page.

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

Metro.co.uk covers news, lifestyle, health, food, sex, entertainment, sports, and more. Their editor is seeking opinion and first-person pitches. They pay about £100 per 800 words. Pitches should be emailed to amber.sunner@metro.co.uk. Read their editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Unbias the News is “a feminist cross-border newsroom that actively fights against the perpetuation of racist, sexist, and ableist stereotypes.” Their editor-in-chief has tweeted, “I am looking for pitches focusing on the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic and more.” “Personally, I dig stuff involving tech/ media/ migration or diaspora.” They pay a flat rate of €500 for reported pieces and €250 for personal narratives/opinions. Send your pitches to pitch@unbiasthenews.org. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread and their ‘about us’ page.

Invisible Women is “an archive activist film collective which champions the work of female filmmakers from the history of cinema through screenings, events and editorial.” They are commissioning original writing for their blog. They are looking for emerging writers who have a passion for female filmmakers and archive. They will pay £100 per article (800-1,200 words). If interested, send your pitches to invisiblewomen.archives@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Deadline: November 2nd, 2021

Harper’s Bazaar is a monthly women’s fashion magazine. Their culture editor is looking to work with new voices. Rates start at $400 a story for interviews/digital features. To learn more, refer to their culture editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

TechRadar is a UK-based consumer technology news and reviews website. Their phones editor is seeking new freelancers to cover smartphones, tablets, and wearables. If you have experience reviewing gadgets, then pitch their editor at james.peckham@futurenet.com. They strongly encourage pitches from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers. They pay £100-£250 per piece. To learn more, read their phones editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Eater Portland is a local news site that reports on restaurants, bars, chefs, dining, dining trends, and more in Portland. They are a part of the Eater network. Their editor is always looking for pitches from young Portland-based writers/freelancers/college kids. They publish opinion pieces, features, and maps and food crawls. They generally pay between $100 and $600 per piece. For more information, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Lovetovisit.com is seeking student and freelance journalists based in London to write content for them. They are particularly seeking “timely itinerary pieces on things to do in the capital, with a few hidden gems thrown in.” They pay 5p/word for every article that they publish. Interested writers should send their pitches to press@lovetovisit.com. To learn more, refer to their sub-editor’s Tweet and their website.

Deadline: October 22nd, 2021

Polygon is Vox Media’s gaming website. Their senior games editor has tweeted, “I’m seeking pitches at Polygon about:

– Halo (any game, any character, any idea)

– How to be a streamer

If you’re a reporter or critic with expertise in those topics but no specific pitch, and you’d take an assignment, you can still contact me!” They pay $150 to $300 per piece. Send your pitches to maddy@polygon.com. Read their senior games editor’s Twitter thread here and their pitching guidelines here.

The Indie Game Website is a source for indie game news, reviews, interviews, and features. They are seeking “some spooky/spoopy features, lists, ops – even guides” for the month of October. Rate is £20 for 500 words. If interested, send your pitches to kheehoon@gameifyouare.com and jason@gameifyouare.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

OpenDemocracy is a global media organization that covers world affairs, ideas, and culture. For their North Africa, West Asia section, they are seeking pitches for “investigations and features on the impact of climate change in the region.” They will pay 150 to 300 British pounds per piece. To learn more, refer to their Tweet, this page, and their guidelines.

Artsy is a platform for collecting and discovering art. They are looking for: artist profiles (1,000 words), artist spotlights (400 words), short gallery show reviews (400 words), solo museum show reviews (800-1,000 words), artist lists, industry profiles (800 words), collector profiles, data storytelling, fairs coverage, and collecting tips. They pay $0.30 per word. To learn more, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

GameRevolution is a gaming website that publishes gaming news, reviews, previews, guides, features, and more. Their editor-in-chief is looking for writers to join their team and write about “games, films, TV, and/or tech.” “It’s remote work (though US/UK preferred due to timezones) for a site that’s about to receive a BIG new look.” Rate: “$10 per 300 words and negotiable rates for more long-form projects, w/ monthly performance-based bonuses.” If interested, DM their editor-in-chief on Twitter. Read his Tweet here and contact GameRevolution here.

Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas. They cover travel, culture, food, history, and more. They are accepting pitches for their March-December 2022 issues. They publish the magazine monthly, and post online content daily. They pay $1 per word for print plus travel expenses. They pay $0.50 per word for web. For details, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Tweet and their freelancer guide.

The Leicester Citizen is “an independent newsletter for the people of Leicester and Leicestershire.” They are commissioning. They pay “£90 for min 1,000 word features, investigations, personal essays, long-reads, creative nonfiction, and local theatre reviews.” If interested, send your ideas to reece@leicestercitizen.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their ‘about’ page.

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

Wired is a magazine that covers the current and future trends in technology. Their features editor is accepting pitches for feature stories. According to their pitch guide, the sweet spot for features is about 5,000 words. Rate is $1/word or more. Pitches should be sent to camille_bromley@wired.com. For details, refer to their features editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Yes! is a publisher of solutions journalism. They have extensive guidelines for their upcoming Personal Journeys issue, including: “We’re looking for pitches and leads for reported stories, essays, and analyses that will explore personal approaches to activism, and simply, ways of being engaged in what is going on in our communities. These stories should reveal how personal change is connected to the greater change we all want to see, how transforming the ways in which individuals see each other can transform the policies that govern us and the stewardship we provide for the land—and the planet.

Send us your leads and pitches on the people, initiatives, or groups that help us connect to the ways in which we take responsibility for our role in creating a better world.”  Print base rate for reported articles is $0.50/word. Commentaries may receive a small essay stipend. The deadline for pitches is 22 October 2021. Details here (theme details) and here (general guidelines).

Deadline: October 22nd, 2021

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


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