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

Dear Writers,

Here’s our latest roundup of calls for pitches directly from editors.

Please carefully study each publication before sending a pitch.

If you’re new to pitching, here are a few resources to help you get started:

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is a nonprofit organization that produces compelling journalism about income inequality and poverty in America. Their editor is looking for “pitches for feature stories, reported personal essays, op-eds and investigative pieces about economic inequality in America.” They’re “always interested in stories where income inequality intersects with religion, immigration, education, parenting/families, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, health, maternal health, disability, culture, housing, agriculture, aging, work, etc…” Rate is around $1/word. Word count is typically 600 to 1,500 words (they top out at $2,500 and 2,500 words). To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their submission guidelines and tips for pitching.

Rest of World is a global nonprofit publication that covers technology’s impact beyond the Western bubble. Their features director is seeking a feature writer in South Korea who can take on a story. They’re looking for someone with experience writing longform narrative stories and preferably an interest in tech. Their features are typically 3,000 words+ and start at $1/word. If interested, get in touch with their features director at victoria@restofworld.org or via DM on Twitter. To read their features director’s tweet, click here. To read their pitch guide, click here.

Bandcamp is a global music community and an online record store. Their senior editor is seeking tape label report pitches for Bandcamp Daily. Rate is $125 per write-up. Pitches can be sent to mariana@bandcamp.com. To read their senior editor’s tweet, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

My Imperfect Life covers the latest in fashion, beauty, wellness, and travel. They’re looking for dating stories (unusual and modern). Pay is $250 for 750 words. If interested, DM their deputy editor on Twitter. To read their deputy editor’s tweet, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

Times Union: Hudson Valley covers the news, outdoors, travel, culture, food, entertainment, and real estate in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Their editor is seeking pitches for “stories about Black history in the Hudson Valley and/or Catskills.” They also have a couple of stories to assign. They will pay $0.25 per word. If interested, email phillip.pantuso@timesunion.com. To read their editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Insider is a global news publication.

  • Their senior editor of lifestyle/entertainment freelancers is seeking “followers of the mediterranean diet who shop at Costco or Trader Joe’s to write about some of their favorite things to buy/make.” Rates begin at $200 per story (ideally under 1,200 words). If interested, get in touch with their senior editor (via DM on Twitter) by the end of February. To read their editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their ‘contact’ page, click here.
  • Their senior editor is always accepting health and/or parenting pitches (mostly personal essays). According to a previous tweet by this editor, they pay $200-$300 for 600-800 words. If interested, send your pitches to cpreti@insider.com. To read their senior editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their ‘contact’ page, click here.

New Lines is “an American magazine for the best ideas and writing from around the world.” Their North Africa editor is seeking long form, in-depth reportage from contributors across North Africa and the Sahel: “Got a story that goes deeper than the news cycle or upends conventional narratives about the people, places, culture and politics of the region? Pitch me. I’m especially keen to get pitches from writers in Morocco, Algeria, Mali and Niger — areas that in general are under-covered in the English-speaking world.” They pay $800 for most of their essays. They encourage women and local writers to pitch. To read their North Africa editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

BorderLore is a monthly digital journal that documents, shares, and elevates folklife in the US Southwest and Northern Mexico. They’re seeking short personal or reported essays (900 to 1,500 words) for their ARTIFACT section. Rates begin at $300. For more information, refer to this tweet and this page.

Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is a print and digital magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). They publish on a monthly basis. They’re looking for short reported stories (300 to 400 words) for their front-of-book section. The stories should be “timely and relevant to an audience of landscape architects, planners, parks professionals, urban designers, and other allied practitioners.” They’re particularly interested in hearing from underrepresented regions and/or communities. They pay $400 per article and review pitches on a rolling basis. To learn more, read their contributing editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, or JTA, offers news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern. Their news director is seeking correspondents in 2 categories (global + arts and culture):

  1. “Global: I’m looking for writers to cover Jewish communities and the issues affecting them outside of the U.S. And I’m open to anything from news dispatches to features and profiles.”
  2. “Arts and culture: Movies! TV shows! Books! Plays! Culture news! I have some assignments available in this category if you’d like to try it out. (Note: We run reporting and interviews, not opinion or reviews.)”

There is no deadline to get in touch. Their baseline rate for features is $300. The final rate will depend on experience, reporting required, etc. To read their news director’s Twitter thread, click here. To read their pitching guide, click here.

Guardian US is a website that covers American and international news. Their editor has tweeted, “I’m editing for the Guardian’s America’s Dirty Divide series and am looking for stories on environmental justice in the U.S. Journalists (no PR people!) hit me up at brian.kahn@theguardian.com. Some topics I’m particularly interested in are exploring hidden historical injustices, communities getting resiliency right, how IRA funding is meeting the Justice40 initiative (or isn’t), and any efforts to make everyday climate tech accessible to everyone.” They pay $500 per 1,000 words. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their freelance charter.

HipLatina is a website that empowers the Latinx/e community and amplifies their voices. They cover news, entertainment, culture, wellness, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and family. They’re looking for “stories on Afro-Latinidad, coping with eating disorders, and being a neurodivergent Latina.” Pay is $50 to $150. For details, read their tweet and pitching guidelines.

Opportunity for a Writer with a Significant History with FromSoftware: “We are looking for a writer that has significant history with @fromsoftware to write the foreword or introduction to our Psychology of Elden Ring book coming up this year!” Rate is $100 for 500-750 words. To learn more, refer to this tweet.

Business Insider covers business, financial, and technology news. Their senior editor of freelancers is looking for reported stories and unique personal essays. Rates begin at around $350. Pitches can be sent to akalish@insider.com. To learn more, refer to their senior editor’s Twitter thread and their writers’ guide.

SFGate covers news and entertainment from the Bay Area and beyond. Their culture editor is looking to assign some profiles (around 1,000 words) of San Francisco music venues. They’re seeking “writers who can show how a venue fits into the city’s culture, history, and identity.” They’re also “interested in historical deep dives into long gone venues.” Rate is $250+. If interested, send your pitches to dan.gentile@sfgate.com. To read their culture editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To contact them, click here.

Opportunity to Write for an Emerging Multimedia Platform: “Looking for writers to generate content for emerging multimedia platform. Article topics would include: politics, current events, sociological think pieces, and entertainment.” Rate is $100 per article (1,000 to 2,500 words). To learn more, refer to this tweet.

Cosmopolitan is a women’s magazine for dating tips, sex advice, beauty tutorials, fashion trends, and celebrity news. Their features editor is looking for pitches for their upcoming Pride issue: “Profiles about complex figures who reflect something bigger in our culture; plot-driven narratives; thoughtful criticism. Very open interpretations of ‘pride’ encouraged.” Rate: $1.50 to $2.00 per word. Length: 2,000 to 3,000 words. To read their features editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To view their previous articles, click here.

Deadline: February 6th, 2023

DAME Magazine offers reporting and analysis on politics, policy, science, culture, and more. They’re always looking for pitches. Generally, they’ll look at anything – but they’re “always interested in features that explore systems, economic topics, climate solutions, social science, culture…” Rate: $350 to $750 for reported stories. To learn more, refer to their tweet and pitch guidelines.

Bustle is a lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment website for young women. Their deputy lifestyle editor is seeking pitches for:

“- Reported features or first-person narratives about eating disorders, endometriosis, bipolar disorder

– Joyful pieces about trans life

– Stories about observing Ramadan”

Rates start at $300. Send your pitches to hannah.orenstein@bustle.com. Read their deputy lifestyle editor’s Twitter thread here and their general pitching guidelines here.

LGBTQ Nation is a digital news magazine that reports on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community. Their editor-in-chief is soliciting queer-specific pitches: “Black History Month content, international stories, interviews, and reported pieces are all welcome.” They generally pay between $100 and $500. If interested, send your pitches to their editor-in-chief at bil@lgbtqnation.com or via DM on Twitter. Deadline to get in touch for Black History Month pieces is Feb 10. To read their editor-in-chief’s tweet, click here. To visit their ‘contact’ page, click here.

Layered Butter is a magazine about “art, design and the movies.” They’re looking for writers for their next issues. They’re NOT looking for reviews of movies, clickbait listicles, contrarian hot takes, and previously published works. They’re “open to other aspects of formal analysis and cultural criticism, interviews, essays, etc.” Their essays and criticism works are usually between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Rates are $100-$500. To learn more, refer to their tweet. To apply, refer to this page.

Dazed is a British style magazine and an online platform that covers music, film, TV, fashion, culture, science, technology, and more. Their features editor is looking for pitches, especially on internet culture and music. Their features editor hasn’t mentioned the rates in their tweet, but according to an old tweet by one of their editors, rates start at £150 for features. If interested, send your pitches to gunseli.yalcinkaya@dazedmedia.com. To read their features editor’s tweet, click here. To visit their contact page, click here.

Good Beer Hunting produces “strategic beer brands, intellectually honest editorial, beverage industry analysis, and a deep-dive podcast.” Their news editor has tweeted, “Are you a freelance writer based in or around WA, MI, TN, IA, OH, or British Columbia? I want to talk to you about a potential story related to Bigfoot.” Rate is $700 for features. Read their news editor’s tweet here and their style guide here.

Cosmopolitan is a women’s magazine for dating tips, sex advice, beauty tutorials, fashion trends, and celebrity news. Their features director is looking for reported features for their Pride issue. Rates are $1.50 to $2.00 a word. Pitches should be sent to erin.quinlan@hearst.com. To read their features director’s tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Deadline: January 30th, 2023

Remezcla is an independent media brand that covers emerging Latin music, entertainment, and culture. Their trending news editor is seeking Latina/e writers (of all experience levels) interested in film/TV or culture to write daily news, op-eds, or lists. Short news posts begin at $50 and everything else begins at $100+. Send your pitches to lyra@remezcla.com. Read their trending news editor’s Twitter thread here. Contact them here.

MIT Technology Review is a media company that explains the commercial, political, and social impact of the newest technologies. They’re seeking pitches for their upcoming issue on accessibility. They’re “looking for *big* swings: narrative features, investigations, essential profiles, and sharp essays at the intersection of accessibility+technology.” Pay is $1 to $2 per word. Pitches should be sent to rachel.courtland@technologyreview.com. For details, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Deadline: February 3rd, 2023

Lonely Planet offers travel guides and information. They are commissioning digital content and a guidebook for France and are looking to expand their pool of expert contributors. In particular, they are looking for expertise in “Burgundy, Brittany, Champagne, Corsica, French Alps, Loire Valley, Normandy and Occitania.” The contributors should be living in France or have travelled through the country extensively in the past 18 months. Digital rates are $300+. Print rates are $1,500+. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To apply, fill out this form.

Deadline: February 13th, 2023

Dread Central is a website that covers horror movies, games, comics, novels, toys, and more. As part of their Black History Month programming, they are specifically looking for pitches from Black genre fans. They are particularly seeking Black writers to share their views on the genre. They will pay $100 per accepted article. To read their tweet, click here. To submit your pitch, click here.

Deadline: January 31st, 2023

Container is a digital magazine about creative technology. They’re seeking pitches that explore technology and its creative uses. They accept mid-to-longform features, including investigations (2,000 to 3,000 words); first person essays (600 to 1,500 words); illustrated articles; poetry; creative writing; podcasts; videos; and more. Rate is £300 per 1,000 words. If interested, email your pitches to info@containermagazine.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their tweet and this page.

Deadline: January 31st, 2023



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