22 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $600 Per Article)

Dear Writers,

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

Please do not contact any of these editors without carefully studying their publication to make sure that you’re sending a pitch that closely fits their needs. If too many people send bad pitches, editors are likely to no longer openly solicit pitches. So, please do your part and only contact an editor after doing your due diligence.

If you’re not sure how to write a good pitch, read this.

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list

China Dialogue is a bilingual website that covers global environmental issues, with a special emphasis on China. They want journalists to pitch them environmental story ideas on Southeast Asia. They want stories covering:

“– Electric power (renewables and fossil fuels)

– The environmental impacts of agriculture

– Infrastructure and extractives

– Waste and recycling

– Wildlife conservation and protected areas

– Tourism and SEZs

– The environmental and social impacts (positive or negative) of Chinese investment”

They pay over $300 for features. If interested, send your pitches to ideas@chinadialogue.net. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and this page.

Feminist Food Journal is “an online magazine dedicated to a feminist food future.” They are open for pitches for their Earth issue which is focused on “gender and all things related to our earth home – climate change, farming, foraging, and more.” They will pay a flat rate of $130 per piece. Send your pitches to pitch@feministfoodjournal.com. For more information, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Deadline: September 8th, 2022

International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) offers the latest tips, training opportunities, trends, and tools for professional and emerging journalists around the world. They have tweeted, “Do you know of a journalism tool, app or resource that we haven’t covered? We’re accepting pitches!” Most of their freelancers work in English, but they have now added the opportunity to work in Spanish, Portuguese or Russian as well. Pay is $200 per article. Read their Tweet here. Submit your ideas here.

The Los Angeles Times is a source of breaking news, politics, sports, lifestyle, and entertainment for Southern California and the world. They are accepting pitches for features. The stories should:

“- Be about what to do, where to go, who to know and how to best experience SoCal with an emphasis on LA

– Help Angelenos discover something intriguing”

Topic areas are wellness, relationships, outdoors, cannabis, plants, alternative living, and experiences. Rate is about 50 cents per word. If interested, email your pitches to brittany.beckman@latimes.com. Read their features editor’s Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

JSTOR Daily is JSTOR’s digital magazine that provides scholarly context to news and current affairs. They are always looking for pitches for features. They usually pay $400 to $500 per feature. If interested, DM them or email cathyhalley@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and submission guidelines.

Romper is a website for millennial moms. For a special editorial package, they are seeking “pitches from US/Canada-based Indigenous writers on birth, parenting and caregiving.” A few topics that they would love to feature are:

“-Indigenous midwifery & birth work

-Passing on language & traditions to the next generation

-Raising kids in multigenerational/extended families

-Parenting in remote/Northern communities

-Keeping families together & the importance of IWCA”

They welcome personal essays, interviews, reported stories, and photo essays. Rate is at least $600. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their pitch guide.

Deadline: September 1st, 2022

The Daily Dot is a website that covers internet culture and life online. Their senior politics and tech editor is always seeking reported features. They pay $300 to $600 for most stories. If interested, email dcovucci@dailydot.com. They are always on the lookout for writers who are trying to break into the industry. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Daily Beast’s Obsessed is a new hub for pop culture, movies, shows, music, and internet culture. They are open for pitches for “reactions, explainers, interviews, reviews, and opinion pieces.” They want pitches that are fun, impassioned, and colorful. Pay starts at $250. Send your pitches to obsessed@thedailybeast.com. For more information, refer to their editor’s Tweet and this page.

Belt Magazine is “an independent digital magazine by and for the Rust Belt and greater Midwest.” Their incoming editor-in-chief is “reading pitches for commentary and essays (can include criticism).” They pay $500 per feature, $250 per essay, $200 per commentary piece, and $25 per poem. Email your pitches to ed@beltmag.com. For details, refer to their incoming editor-in-chief’s Tweet and their guidelines.

Motherboard is a publication by Vice that covers science, technology, and humans. Their managing editor has tweeted, “Motherboard is looking for science journalists! Are you interested in: space, the mysteries of the universe, the climate crisis, physics, ancient mysteries, etc.? Email jordan.pearson@vice.com. Pay starts at $250 for a quick study writeup and goes up from there. To read their managing editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Business Insider covers business, financial, and technology news. Their senior personal finance editor has tweeted, “Did you learn a savings, retirement, or investing lesson from your parents/a family member in an unconventional way? I am interested in your essays!” Rate is $250. Pitches should be sent to shallett@insider.com. To read their editor’s Tweet, click here. To read their writers’ guide, click here.

Women’s Health UK offers fitness, nutrition, health, and inner beauty advice for women. They are commissioning UK-based writers for Women’s Health’s membership website. They want pitches of your “health, fitness and nutrition-based ideas for long read features.” Their digital features start at £150. Send your pitches to georgie.lane-godfrey@hearst.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their acting features director’s Tweet and their website.

SFGate covers news and entertainment from the Bay Area and beyond. Their culture editor is seeking a freelance writer on-the-ground at Burning Man for an assignment. Pay is around $300. To learn more, refer to their culture editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

ReproJobs is “a worker advocacy organization in the reproductive justice, rights, and health movement.” They are accepting pitches from repro workers. They have tweeted, “If you’re a clinic worker who wants to share what it’s like working in abortion care right now, write for us. If you’re a nonprofit repro worker who wants to share what it’s like right now on all these conference calls, write for us. We want to hear from you.” They pay $400 per blog post. If interested, email your pitches to hello@reprojobs.org. To read their Twitter thread, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

Belt Magazine is “an independent digital magazine by and for the Rust Belt and greater Midwest.” Their incoming editor-in-chief has tweeted, “Midterms! The environment! Local politics! You have opinions, I want to read them! Rust Belt writers, please send me pitches at ed@beltmag.com for 1k words of commentary.” Rate is $200 for commentary and editorials. Read their incoming editor-in-chief’s Tweet here and their guidelines here.

The Robora Magazine is a digital business magazine for female freelancers/business owners. They are seeking pitches from women writing about tech and innovation. Their target audience is female freelancers/business owners, aged 25 to 45. Fee is £200 for 800 words. To read their founder’s Tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

New Scientist is a weekly science and technology magazine. Their assistant news editor is seeking pitches for their health desk. They are “interested in any long/short/pre-prints/exclusives/embargoed research in the health/biomedical/psychology space.” According to payment reports, they pay 50p per word for news stories. If interested, email alexandra.thompson@newscientist.com. To learn more, read their assistant news editor’s Tweet and their guide for freelancers.

Opportunity for a Profile Writer: “I’m seeking a profile writer who is also an army vet! This is a very specific assignment that pays $600/per piece!” To learn more, refer to this Tweet.

Dallas Observer is Dallas’ independent source of news and culture. Their news desk is seeking pitches from freelance writers. They are particularly interested in Dallas stories that touch on: “city hall, local politics, public health, crime, courts, transportation, housing, environmental issues, education, civil rights.” According to one payment report, they paid $0.07/word for a 1,000-word news story. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Business Insider’s senior features editor is seeking feature and longform pitches from writers around the world, particularly those who have a few years’ experience or more. They want “pitches for stories of 800+ words that touch on business and consumer affairs.” Their rates start from £330/$400 for shorter feature pieces with 1-3 sources. Read their senior features editor’s Twitter thread here and their writers’ guide here.

Chicago Reader is Chicago’s largest weekly newspaper. Their associate editor is seeking some new music critics. No experience required. Chicago preferred. BIPOC/women/LGBTQIA+ writers to the front. The selected applicants will write short reviews (250 to 350 words). Rate is $75. To learn more, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet and this page.

Geoawesomeness is a blog and community about geospatial technology. They are seeking geospatial story pitches from young writers, so if you are “a (university) student, trainee, researcher or a professional in your early stage of your career,” then they want you to pitch them. They are seeking “stories that resonate with you and that you enjoy reading.” Pay is $150 per article. For more information, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Deadline: August 31st, 2022


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