31 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors

Dear Writers,

Here’s our latest roundup of calls for writers — directly from editors, covering a wide variety of themes and topics.

Please carefully study the publication before contacting the editor. When writing your pitch, be sure to:

  • Carefully study the publication, to get a sense of their style
  • Have a clear idea of where you proposed article will fit into the publication
  • Have a clear sense of the publication’s general schedule
  • Have a clear sense of who the publication’s audience is
  • Choose just one idea to pitch — and make sure it closely fits the publication’s needs
  • Write a short pitch (no more than 200 words)

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Healthy Rich is a personal finance website. They are looking for your money stories. They want pitches on the following topics:

“Money rules: What’s one financial “rule” (or rule of thumb) you think we need to get rid of? Why? Do you eschew this rule in your finances? What’s the effect? Pitch deadline: May 13, 2022”

“Habits: What non-financial habits (e.g. meditation, yoga, therapy) have impacted your relationship with money? Pitch deadline: May 27, 2022”

“Radical money moves: Have you made a radical move with your money — something that would make a financial planner’s hair stand on end? How did it pan out? Would you recommend it to others? We’re not looking for extreme moves within conventional financial advice, like risky stock picks. Instead, we’re looking for ways you’ve opted out of traditional advice to follow your intuition or values. Pitch deadline: rolling”

They pay $200 per article (usually 1,000 to 1,500 words). For details, refer to their Twitter thread and this page.

Wired is a magazine that covers the current and future trends in technology. They are seeking pitches for Start (Wired UK’s front section in print). They are looking for start-up profiles, interviews, infographics, and strong visuals – pieces are usually 600 words long. They don’t want pieces on NFTs. Rates for stories start at about $2,500. For more information, read this Twitter thread and their pitch guidelines.

The editor of Insider’s business division is seeking story pitches from freelancers: “I’m still keen on interviews with people in the super yacht industry! In the context of either: Fascinating detail about what life aboard one is like OR how the industry is faring in light of sanctions against Russia.” Their editor is also looking for pieces about “people who’ve learned how to make money doing very everyday things.” Their rates start at $350. If interested, email your pitches to jsommers@insider.com. For details, refer to their editor’s Tweet and this page.

FoodPrint, a project of GRACE Communications Foundation, develops “innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current industrial food system, and to advocate for more sustainable alternatives.” They are looking for pitches and also freelancers to assign pieces to. They cover “a wide range of food-related topics focused on sustainability: industry trends, food waste, food policy, the negative impacts of the industrial food system, solutions for a more sustainable system as well as more sustainable personal practices all through the lens of foodprint (the effects of food on people, animals, and the environment).” As they focus on the US food system, they are only looking for stories based in the US. Rate is $550 to $700. If interested, send your pitches to jerusha@foodprint.org. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

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 newly appointed politics editor is seeking pitches (for both UK and global pieces). She especially wants to amplify marginalized voices. Rates start at £100. Send your pitches to naomi@gal-dem.com. Read their politics editor’s Tweet here and their pitching guide here.

The Progressive is a monthly magazine and a website that is a “bold voice for peace, social justice, and the common good.” Their editor has tweeted, “I’m still looking for someone to write about the abortion bans in Oklahoma, Florida & Kentucky. We can pay $100-150 for 800-1,200 words on the impacts of abortion bans on poor communities, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks & grassroots efforts to fight back.” If interested, send your pitches to kassidy@progressive.org. Read their editor’s Tweet here and their writers guidelines here.

TheGamer is a gaming website. They are looking for pitches. Their editor-in-chief has tweeted, “Mainly looking for timely and/or social oriented op-eds, or reported stories. That means new angles on evergreen games (Pokemon/Skyrim/Witcher etc) or interesting takes on new releases. Open to column ideas about fresh ways to play big titles.” They encourage pitches from new writers. Pay is $75 to $250 per piece. Pitches should be sent to stacey.h@thegamer.com and jade.k@thegamer.com. Read their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

Burum Collective is a community blog and virtual networking space for people working in the beer, wine, and cider industries. They are accepting pitches for late Spring and Summer. They want “all things beer, wine, cider, hospitality, and generally drinks related.” They are especially interested in hearing from people who have no previous experience of writing professionally. Rate is £0.25p per word. To learn more, refer to their Tweet and their pitch guide.

Shedoesthecity is “an imperfect life guide for women.” They have tweeted, “EMERGING WRITERS: We’re currently reviewing pitches for our New Voices Fund, and would love to publish some pieces in May that reflect on the theme of MOTHERHOOD—a topic with endless interpretations and possibilities.” They will select 1 to 3 pitches per month. They are especially committed to publishing writers from underrepresented groups. If interested, send your pitches to newvoices@shedoesthecity.com. Rate: $200. For details, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Anime Herald is a website that offers news, reviews, interviews, and commentary on anime and anime fandom. They are always looking for articles, especially those that focus on anime fandom’s rich history. Pay is $50 per article (1,000 to 2,000 words). For details, refer to their Tweet, guidelines, and pitch form.

The Assembly is a digital magazine that publishes interesting, deeply reported, and nuanced stories about the state of North Carolina. They are looking for story pitches about North Carolina. According to their pitch guide, they primarily publish longform reporting (2,500 to 5,000 words). They pay $1/word for most stories. Email your pitches to kate@theassemblync.com. For more information, refer to this Tweet and their pitch guide.

Inverse covers science, innovation, entertainment, gaming, and the mind and body. Their deputy editor is seeking some reliable NY-based freelancers for in-person interviews for movies. They are mostly seeking freelancers to assign stuff to but would also welcome those with connections of their own. Rate would vary depending on experience and assignment. It could be $250 for a quick Q&A and $1,000 for a major profile. If interested, email jacob@inverse.com. To learn more, refer to their deputy editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Jamestown China Brief offers deep, timely, and fact-based analysis of PRC strategic trends. They have tweeted, “Can you explain Dual Circulation or dissect why Common Prosperity has fallen off the CCP’s agenda for 2022?  If so, write for us! Specifically seeking contributions on economy, technology, energy or environmental policy issues in China.” They pay an honorarium of $400 for full-length published articles. If interested, send your pitches to cbeditor@jamestown.org. For more information, read their Tweet and writing guidelines.

Refinery29 UK is a media and entertainment company that focuses on young women. They are always looking to commission incredible entertainment pieces. Their entertainment editor has tweeted, “Do you have a unique or controversial take on a buzzy new TV show/film/book/tiktok or music trend – or a personal essay about a cult nostalgia watch? Hit me up maybelle.morgan@vice.com.” They usually pay between £180 and £250 per piece. Read their entertainment editor’s Tweet here. View their website here.

Input is a tech publication. They are looking for story pitches on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) creators, innovators, and founders. They also welcome AAPIs who have story pitches that fit within their “verticals (tech, culture, gaming, style, reviews, guides, etc.) and want a byline.” For features, they pay $0.50 to $1.00 per word. Send your feature pitches to mark.yarm@inputmag.com and other pitches to ray@inputmag.com. Read their features editor’s Tweet here and contact them here.

The Luupe is a platform and community that helps brands connect with women and non-binary photographers. They are looking for freelance writers on a rolling basis for “stories and conversations about women + non-binary individuals and creative/brand/marketing culture.” They pay around $150 for short pieces/ straight Q+A’s and up to $650 for longer pieces. For more information, refer to their Twitter thread, this form, and their past articles.

TransLash News & Narrative is seeking “stories from TGNC folx who have been forced to delay transition, detransition, or do conversion therapy.” “How did it impact you? And what advice do you have for other survivors?” They will pay $350 for 750 to 1,000 words. If interested, get in touch with them at gabrielle@translash.org. To learn more, refer to this Tweet.

Best Health Magazine is a Canadian health and wellness magazine for women. They are seeking writers and pitches for their Preservation series, which “spotlights wellness businesses and practices rooted in culture, community and history.” Pay is $500 per short profile or Q&A. Send your pitches to rebecca.gao@rd.com. To learn more, refer to their assistant editor’s Tweet. To read past Preservation pieces, refer to this page.

Healthline is a health information website. They are seeking writers for their new series about gender-affirming care. This opportunity is only for trans/gnc/nb/gender-expansive writers. Folks with intersectional identities/exp are especially encouraged to connect. The topics that they are covering are: “101 guide for youth, guide for caregivers, medical prof insights, & gender in clinical trials/research.” Pay is $350 to $450 per piece (1,400 to 1,700 words). Interested writers should email dcollins@healthline.com. To learn more, refer to their sex and relationships editor’s Twitter thread and their ‘about us’ page.

The Takeout is a website about food and pop culture. Their editor-in-chief is looking for a few freelance writers to join them. The freelancers will write 3 to 6 stories per week. Their editor-in-chief has tweeted, “The focus is fast food and cooking, but from an unpretentious perspective. We’re not Bon Appétit, and we’re not writing recipes. We’re raving about Taco Bell, what to buy at Costco, or which hot sauces give the worst diarrhea.” Rate is $150 to $200 for regular articles and slideshows. If interested, email jcalhoun@lifehacker.com. Read their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

Refinery29 UK is a media and entertainment company that focuses on young women. Their fashion editor is looking to grow their UK freelancer network. If interested, send your fashion story pitches or just say hi to their editor at ebonyrenee.baker@vice.com. They usually pay £180 to £250 per piece. To read their fashion editor’s Tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Opportunity to Write about Derry Girls: “Looking to commission any pitches on the final season of Derry Girls! Strong unique takes/reasons you love the show/are sad to see it go/what it means to you – please send my way with a strong headline in mind.” Rate is £200. Pitches should be sent to maybelle.morgan@vice.com. For more information, refer to this Tweet.

The online MENA editor of Al Jazeera English is looking for news, analysis, and feature pitches. They pay $350 for features. Interested writers should send their pitches to alshamahia@aljazeera.net. For more information, read their MENA editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

The Information is a publication about the technology industry. Their editor is looking for stories for The Weekend section. They want to “publish great yarns about our technology-touched world.” Rates begin at $1 per word. If interested, send your pitches to jon@theinformation.com. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and learn more about them here.

ARTnews is a source for art news and art event coverage. They are ramping up their freelance commissions and are seeking “features and opinions/essays about the global art industry, how it works, and how it is rapidly changing.” They are particularly seeking stories that fall under these topics: art & technology, institutional change & malfeasance, the global art market, and rollicking yarns about the art world. Their stories run between 650 and 2,500 words and rates usually start at $0.33 per word. To learn more, refer to their digital director’s Tweet and their pitch guide. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Walrus is a Canadian general interest magazine. They provoke new thinking and spark conversation on matters that are important to Canadians. Their features editor is looking for story ideas. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $1 per word. If interested, email your pitches to harley@thewalrus.ca. For details, read their features editor’s Tweet and their submission guidelines.

Mental Hellth is “a newsletter about your broken brain.” They are accepting pitches for Q+As, essays, reported pieces, and more. For Q+As, their rates start at $150. For more labor intensive pieces, the rates go up to $500+. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their website.

Yes! Magazine is an independent and nonpartisan publisher of solutions journalism. They are accepting pitches for the Fall 2022 issue of their magazine, the “Work” issue. The issue will “examine what work really means in contemporary society, and what it could mean if our society were reordered to prioritize health, fulfillment, fairness, and joy.” The website base rate for reported articles is $0.40/word and the print base rate is $0.50/word. Pitches should be sent to fall2022@yesmagazine.org. To learn more, read their Tweet, call for submissions, and submissions guidelines.

Deadline: April 29th, 2022

The Statesider is a newsletter that features interesting stories about US travel, culture, cuisines, landscapes, and more. They are seeking pitches for original stories, maps, graphics, comics, photo essays, and more on US travel and culture. Their stories are typically “first person narratives of an experience or a trip that helps illuminate a larger American issue.” For stories of 1,200+ words, they pay a flat rate of $500. For maps and infographics, they pay $200 for a standalone graphic and $300 for a graphic and a short write-up. For details, read this Tweet and their call for pitches.

Deadline: April 30th, 2022

Jewish Currents is a print and digital magazine that is “committed to the rich tradition of thought, activism, and culture of the Jewish left.” They are accepting pitches for their Fall 2022 issue which is themed Rest. They are seeking “reported features and essays on subjects including labor and anti-work politics; debt jubilees and other interruptions of the political status quo; mutual aid; attempts to accommodate rest within the work of social reproduction; illness, disability, and the care of the sick; sleep and dreams as a place of possibility; ecological questions around regeneration and degrowth; Jewish frameworks for collective rest including shmita and Shabbat; and more.” They pay at least $400 for reviews and essays, and up to $1 per word for deeply reported print features. If interested, email submissions@jewishcurrents.org. For details, read their assistant editor’s Tweet and their pitch guide.

Deadline: April 30th, 2022

Hypocrite Reader is a biannual leftist magazine that publishes useful and unexpected writing. The theme of their next issue is HOLES. If interested, send your pitches on “plotholes, potholes, loopholes, glory holes, foxholes, black holes, wormholes, memory holes, assholes, & more” to hypocriterdr@gmail.com. Pay is $115 per article. For more information, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Deadline: May 1st, 2022


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