27 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors & Publishers

Dear Writers,

Here’s our latest weekly roundup of opportunities for writers, directly from editors and publishers.

This is a huge list of 27 such opportunities, covering a very wide range of topics, as well as pay.

You’ll note that we’ve included payment information, and editorial contact information with all of these listings.

Please carefully study the publication before submitting a pitch.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling the listings in this article.

Guardian US covers American and international news. They are expanding their coverage of environmental justice in the US and are looking for pitches from diverse contributors across the country. They publish “news stories, features, investigations, and photo essays.” Their average story length is 500 to 1,200 words. They usually pay $0.50 per word. If interested, send pitches to ej.pitches@theguardian.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Insider Reviews is a division of Insider that publishes reviews of products and services. They are seeking writers with a particular background/interest in oral hygiene to write buying guides for them. Dental hygienist experience will be a plus. Rate: $300+. If interested, contact rschultz@insider.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To read Insider Reviews, refer to this page.

Horizon Guides is a travel website. They are commissioning. “Current focus is UK rural, coastal or family holidays, anything US active/nature/outdoors, and Australia biking, hiking, bushwalking and similar.” They only want guide pitches. They pay £200 to £400+ per piece. If interested, send your pitches to editor@horizonguides.com. To learn more, refer to their founder’s Twitter thread and this page.

The Breakdown is an online mental health magazine. Their editor is seeking home + interiors pitches (with a  mental health + wellbeing theme) for March. They want personal essays, features, listicles, explainers, and how-to guides. They will pay £80 for 700 words. Pitches should be sent to hattie@the-breakdown.co.uk. For details, read their editor’s Twitter thread and their pitching guidelines.

Mental Floss is a media brand that offers interesting facts, quizzes, trivia, and brain teasers to the audience. Their managing editor is always looking to add new writers to their entertainment roster. She currently has some assignments (10 facts on famous person/movie/TV show), but is always open to interesting pitches. Rates start at $150 for lists, $125 for short features of 500 words, and $200 for longer features. They don’t publish essays or first-person pieces. If interested, email jmwood@mentalfloss.com. Read their managing editor’s Twitter thread here and learn how to pitch them here.

Globe Content Studio is the commercial content division of the Canadian news media company, The Globe and Mail. They are looking to expand their “roster of BIPOC Canadian food writers who are interested in paid sponsor or branded content opportunities.” Pay is about $500 per sponsor content article (around 800 words). If interested, DM their content strategist on Twitter or email jrobinson@globeandmail.com. Read their content strategist’s Tweet here and learn more about them here.

Xtra is a Toronto-based digital magazine and community platform that covers LGBTQ2 news, politics, culture, sex, love, and health. They are looking for pitches for My Safe Space series. They want stories about “a safe space that’s helped you find comfort and joy during these terrible times.” Rates start at around $300 CAD. Pitches should be sent to erica.lenti@xtramagazine.com. International pitches are welcome. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and this page. To read My Safe Space series, refer to this page.

Compass Music is an international music consultancy. They are seeking new or experienced writers to write articles and opinion pieces for their music industry blog, The Logbook. They will publish only one guest article per week. The article should be around 1,000 to 2,000 words. Writers will be paid a flat fee of 50€ per article. For details, refer to their Tweet, call for writers, and submission form.

Wired UK is a magazine that covers future science, culture, and technology news. Their senior editor is commissioning culture stories for their website – “film, TV, gaming, internet culture, food, love, death, and more.” According to one payment report, they paid £250 for an online feature of 1,200 words. For details, read their senior editor’s Tweet and their contributor’s guidelines.

When Saturday Comes is Britain’s leading football magazine. Their readers can be generalized as “football fans who, on the whole, like to attend matches and have an interest in the game at any level.” They welcome pitches for articles. Most of their articles are around 750 words but there are some exceptions, for example, Match of the Month articles are around 1,500 to 1,800 words. They pay a standard fee of £75 for 750-word articles. They pay £50 for book reviews and up to £125 for longer articles e.g. Match of the Month. Pitches should be sent to editorial@wsc.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Case Study Buddy writes customer success stories for B2B brands. They are looking for a remote case study writer. The selected candidate would subcontract to Case Study Buddy and help them put together customer success stories for their B2B clients. Pay will be $150 to $300+ CAD per piece. For details, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, or JTA, offers news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern. Their opinion editor is always looking for new writers who can deliver “timely personal essays or analysis with a personal angle” and “perspectives not often elevated in Jewish media.” They generally pay $200 to $300 per piece. If interested, DM their opinion editor on Twitter. To learn more, read their editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Those Who Wander’s creator has tweeted: “Looking to hire a tabletop RPG writer or designer who has lived experience personally using a guide dog to join the ‘Those Who Wander’ team for a small assignment or two.” Pay is 10¢ per word. If interested, DM him on Twitter. To read his Tweet, click here.

Trucha is an independent multimedia platform that covers topics and issues that affect the Rio Grande Valley. They publish “content about immigration, reproductive justice, LGBTQ issues, climate justice, regional arts and culture, racial justice, and more.” The content formats that they publish include longform feature articles (2,000 words at $0.50/word), op-eds (600 words at $0.30/word), news blurbs (300 words at $0.30/word), and art. They only accept pitches from “people who currently live or grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas (and North Mexican side of this border region including Reynosa, Matamoros, etc).” For more information, refer to their Twitter thread and call for pitches.

Briarpatch is a Canadian magazine of politics and culture. They are accepting pitches for their unthemed July/August issue. They are looking for “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 $100 for profiles, short essays, book reviews, and parting shots (1,500 words or less); $200 for feature stories (2,000 to 2,500 words) and photo essays; and $300 for research-based articles and investigative reporting (2,500 to 3,000 words). To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread, call for pitches, and submission guidelines.

Deadline: March 1st, 2021

gal-dem is a British online and print magazine that is dedicated to sharing the stories of women and non-binary people of color. Their politics editor is always seeking new writers of color. She is especially looking for trans women of color. Pay is £80 to £150 per piece. If interested, contact moya@gal-dem.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Adventure Uncovered is “the go-to place for socially and environmentally impactful adventure stories, voices, and ideas.” They are looking for a paid piece or two for their March edition which will exhibit adventure organizations contributing to social and environmental change. Most of their pieces are 500 to 1,000 words. Their budget for each edition is £150 and 100% of their Patreon revenue. This amount will be equally split between the contributors, up to £150 each. Read their Tweet here and find more details here and here.

Deadline: March 4th, 2021

The TRiiBE is a publication that centers Black Chicago. They are seeking opinion pieces on a variety of topics including pop culture, news, hot topics, and sports. They will pay $50 per piece. Email your pitches to tiffany@thetriibe.com. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Independent’s IndyBest is a source for all things shopping. They publish product reviews, buying guides, trend round-ups, and more. They are seeking plus size fashion writers. According to one payment report, The Independent paid £50 for a review of 500 words. If interested, contact eleanor.jones@independent.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their executive editor’s Tweet. To read IndyBest’s articles, refer to this page

Lady Science is a monthly magazine about “women and gender in the history and popular culture of science, technology, and medicine.” They are accepting pitches for features. They want thoroughly researched historical pieces that are written for a general audience. They pay $150 per piece. Email your pitches to sarah@ladyscience.com. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and pitch page

The Independent is an online British newspaper. Their deputy travel editor has tweeted, “Travel writers – I am open for pitches for destination-led green/sustainable travel features! Ideally you’d be based there, but will also accept pitches if you know the destination really well.” “Want to stress we’re looking for colourful features that excite and give a sense of place, rather than laying out a dry list of eco-credentials. Think cities that have a burgeoning eco-dining scene, a slew of new sustainably designed hotels, innovative transport design etc.” According to one payment report, they paid £160 for an 800-word travel feature. Send your pitches to helen.coffey@independent.co.uk. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and contact them here.

TheSixthAxis is a gaming website. They are accepting article and guide pitches. They are open to all topics as long as they are related to gaming in some way. They pay £25 per guide (commissioned in batches) and £50 per feature. If interested, DM them on Twitter. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Passion Passport is a community-based travel website that features personal travel stories, travel guides, city guides, how-to guides, Instagrammer’s guides, and more. They are always accepting story pitches. They are generally looking for hyper-local content but are also looking for Japan content for an upcoming location guide. They usually pay $75 for 500-800 words. Pieces over 1,000 words are negotiated based on experience and whether they have photos or not. Read their Tweet here and submit your work here.

NUNAR Magazine is a DMV-based youth culture magazine. They are accepting features, essays, and short pieces for their second issue. Their guidelines say, “The pandemic has reshaped the way we live globally, how we move, teach, learn, make money, and pass the time. In many ways, it has accelerated what was already coming with throttling technological advances. In other ways, it has forced us to employ entirely new models of day-to-day life within months. For our second digital issue of NUNAR, we want to present pieces that underscore the ways our world is dramatically, and inevitably, merging with cyber.” They will pay flat rates of $50-$125. DMV writers will get priority. For more information, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Tweet and their submissions page.

Deadline: March 5th, 2021

Pittsburgh Current is an alternative news media source that focuses on Pittsburgh’s news, arts, entertainment, music, theater, events, and sports. Their managing editor is looking for women / non-binary folks in Pittsburgh for essays on recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. Pay will be $150 to $300. If interested DM their editor on Twitter or email at brittany@pittsburghcurrent.com. Read their managing editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

Footprint Magazine (formerly known as the Sustainability Action Network) is a publication and newsletter that offers solutions-focused journalism on the future of our planet. They are always looking for pitches. They want “stories about active, positive change within the sphere of climate change.” They pay £100 per 800 words. Email your pitches to hello@footprintmag.net. For more information, read their Tweet and contributor guidelines.

SheKnows empowers women through discussions and articles related to women’s issues including health, relationships, sex, parenting, and beauty. They are open for pitches to their entertainment vertical. They are interested in movies, TV, books, music, pop culture, royal family, and celebrity life. They typically pay $100 for such features. Send pitches to lballhaus@shemedia.com. To learn more, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.


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