32 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, you should know that we will be opening enrollment for Writing Launch very soon. If you join Writing Launch, we’ll give you personal help crafting pitches, so that you can get published (and paid) by publications such as the ones listed below. We’ve helped many writers through the process over the years. We’re looking forward to welcoming a new batch of students. Keep an eye out soon for more details!

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Texas Monthly is a magazine and website that covers Texas news, politics, culture, food, travel, history, music, crime, and more. Their editor is looking for style and design pitches: “send me ideas for fashion and lifestyle essays, reported features, and service pieces that reveal something to the reader about the state of the state.” Rate is around $0.50/word. Pitches can be sent to leah.prinz@gmail.com. There is no deadline for submission of pitches. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Orlando Weekly is the Central Florida area’s alternative source for news, entertainment, music, arts, culture, and more. Their editor-in-chief has tweeted, “Seeking Orlando/CFL-specific social justice story pitches: racism, immigration, disability access, gay or trans identity, aging, policing, housing equity—Pay is in the low-mid 4 figures range for a longform (2,500 words or more) story or series.” They prefer writers from historically underrepresented groups. If interested, send your pitches to editor@orlandoweekly.com. To read their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

The Independent is an online British newspaper. They’re accepting pitches for fun/clever/entertaining music things. According to one payment report, they paid £75 for an opinion piece of 600-800 words. If interested, email your pitches to roisin.oconnor@independent.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their editor’s tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Voices of Disability Economic Justice Project is a commentary series by The Century Foundation’s Disability Economic Justice Team. There are a lot of events coming up in March, including Women’s History Month, Developmental Disabilities Month, and Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. If you have a pitch with an economic justice angle that relates to these events, then get in touch with them. Rate is $500. To learn more, refer to their tweet and this page.

Good Beer Hunting publishes insight-driven analyses, stories, and interviews on the beer industry. They have tweeted, “*Timely Pitch Call* In April, we’re running an editorial package devoted to the gas stations, convenience stores, and other unconventional spaces that have functioned as pivotal craft beer hubs. Specifically seeking venues from Middle America and the Rockies. Stories will be short profiles (500-750 words) and will invoice for $300; proximity to venue for casual snapshots/videos ideal.” If interested, send your pitches to claire.bullen@goodbeerhunting.com. To read their Twitter thread, click here. To read their style guide, click here.

Deadline: March 1st, 2023

Metro.co.uk covers news, lifestyle, health, food, sex, entertainment, sports, and more. They’re looking for writers who have shopping and lifestyle content experience. According to this tweet, they usually pay around £100 for 800 words. If interested, email mel.evans@metro.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their editor’s tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Vainqueur is a new Canadian fashion culture and lifestyle platform. They’re accepting pitches from “students (BDes), stylists, journalists, and photographers interested in Canadian fashion and lifestyle editorial.” They will pay $0.75 CAD a word for articles that are over 500 words and $1 CAD a word for articles that are less than 500 words. To learn more, refer to their founder and editor’s tweet and this page.

Yes! Magazine is an independent and nonpartisan publisher of solutions journalism. They’re looking for pitches for their forthcoming THIRST issue. Please note that they don’t want pitches about literal water. Rates will start at $0.50 per word. For more information, refer to their executive editor’s tweet and call for submissions.

Deadline: March 6th, 2023

Opportunity for gaming writers to write cool features about Sons of the Forest. Rates start from £120. To learn more, refer to this tweet.

Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas. They cover travel, culture, food, history, and more. They’re always accepting pitches for print and web stories. The pitches should have “a travel angle or a strong sense of place and/or Texas culture.” Rates for web stories are $0.50 per word with the majority of stories being capped between 500 and 700 words. If interested, send your pitches to letters@texashighways.com. To learn more, refer to this tweet and their freelancer guide.

Streetsblog NYC is a transportation news site that is “covering the movement for better walking, biking, and transit” in all the five boroughs of New York City. Their deputy editor is accepting pitches for op-eds at dmeyer@streetsblog.org. Rate is $250/piece. To read their deputy editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To visit their ‘contact’ page, click here.

Opportunity for Travel Writers who are based in Malaysia or know it well: “Travel writers! Who is based in Malaysia or knows it well? Looking for someone who esp knows Langkawi and Malacca, and has good knowledge on wider cultural landscape (music/food/creatives etc) for a FOB piece for Belmond’s MONDES mag.” Rate is 50p per word. If interested, email fionakerrwrites@gmail.com. For more information, refer to this tweet.

Deadline: March 2nd, 2023

Guardian Australia’s opinion editor is seeking evergreen pitches that can be published at any time over the next few months. If you want to share a funny experience, a heartfelt story, an everyday gripe, or a niche interest, then email cif.australia@theguardian.com. Pay: $300AUD per piece. For more information, refer to their opinion editor’s tweet and their freelance charter.

Lonely Planet offers travel guides and information. They’re seeking expert contributors for a guidebook for Japan. The contributors should have excellent writing skills and a deep love and understanding of Japan. Ideally, the writers should be living in Japan or have extensively traveled it in the past 18 months. Pay is $1,500+. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this form.

Deadline: March 12th, 2023

Spacing is a magazine that “uncovers the joys, obstacles and politics of Canada’s big cities.” They’re looking for pitches: “Our next issue of Spacing is themed around ‘City on Fire’. How has fire – broadly and creatively defined – shaped Toronto?” Most of their cover section articles are 1,000 words. They’re also interested in other stories on Toronto’s public space and urbanism. Pay is $150 for 1,000 words. If interested, send your pitches to pitch@spacing.ca. To read their tweet, click here. To read their guidelines, click here.

Deadline: March 5th, 2023

It’s Freezing in LA! (IFLA!) is an independent magazine about climate change. They’re looking for:

– “Someone to write about the design of symbols and records of natural disasters”

– “Someone based in or from the bay of bengal to write a short story”

– “Someone of Sámi origin with a specialism in art history to organise and carry out an interview”

– “Pitches for an essay that links ecological justice with digital artwork, AI and/or NFTs”

They will pay £150 for 1,000 words. If interested, email editor@itsfreezinginla.com. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and pitching guidelines.

Deadline: March 1st, 2023

Opportunity for Health and Wellness Writers: “I’m looking for health and wellness writers with strong clips. Preferably DDM HEALTH writers past and present.” Rates are $300 to $700. To learn more, refer to this tweet.

Opportunity for Experienced Feature Writers: “Seeking freelance writers with experience in reported features on schools for stories in St. Louis and Indianapolis. Multimedia experience (photo/video) strongly preferred.” Pay is $1 per word. To learn more, refer to this tweet.

Deadline: March 1st, 2023

In These Times is a progressive magazine and website committed to covering and analyzing popular movements for economic, environmental, social, gender, and racial justice. They are seeking dispatches (750 to 850-word first or third person essays) related to rural and/or environmental issues. Rate is around $375. If interested, email your pitches to submissions@inthesetimes.com. For more information, refer to their Twitter thread and submissions page.

Going (formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights) offers cheap flight deals. Their content marketing director has tweeted, “For assignments, I’m looking for travel writers who are very familiar with Avianca business class, Austrian Airlines business class, SAS business class, or SAS premium economy.” Rates begin at $400. To learn more, refer to their content marketing director’s tweet and their pitch form.

Insider is a global news publication. Their editor has tweeted, “Pitch me stories about hairstylists and nail artists who have worked with famous people. Also, stories about people who can speak about life after being laid off/made redundant, people who have quit jobs at big names, and accountants who do taxes for influencers.” Rates start from £250/$320. Pitches can be sent to lalao@insider.com. To read their editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To see examples of the format they normally commission, click here.

Popular Mechanics is a source for tech, science, math, aerospace, military, and auto news. They’re looking for freelance writers for expert product guides. Their editor has tweeted, “Right now I am SCOURING for writers with experience reviewing/testing tools and gardening gear. I also have one cameras assignment up for grabs.” Rate is $450 to $550 for a new piece. If interested, get in touch with their editor as soon as possible via email (mike.epstein@hearst.com) or DM on Twitter. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

Michigan Alum is the quarterly magazine (print) of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. They write stories for and about their alumni. They’re looking for pitches. They pay $1 per word. For details, read their editor’s tweets here and here. Read their previous articles here.

Sentient Media is a news organization that reports on the impact of animal agriculture. They’re seeking a freelance part-time Assistant Editor (remote). The selected applicant will edit at least 2 SEO and 1 reported articles a week. Salary: $26,000 per annum. For details, refer to their tweet and this page.

Deadline: March 31st, 2023

Teen Vogue is an online publication that offers the latest on fashion, celebrity style, entertainment, beauty, teen issues, etc. They’re accepting pitches for reported and op-ed pieces across the following sections:

– Culture (covers TV, movies, music, internet culture, etc.)

– Identity (covers mental health, sexual health, body image, etc.)

– Style & Beauty (highlights trends, changemakers, celebrity styles, and more)

– Politics (covers social justice, politics, history, and education)

They generally pay $250 to $600 per piece. To learn more, read their news & politics editor’s Twitter thread and their pitching guide.

Insider is a global news publication. Their features editor is looking for pitches for deeply reported narrative features on health/wellness trends. Their features rate is $1 per word. Pitches can be sent to ehonan@insider.com. To learn more, refer to their features editor’s Twitter thread and this page.

Viator Travel, a Tripadvisor company, is a marketplace for travel experiences. They’re seeking a Hawaii writer. The writer should be able to cover ALL the islands and should preferably be Hawaiian. Rates will start at $250. If interested, email your intro/clips to lcocking@tripadvisor.com. To learn more, refer to this tweet and their ‘about’ page.

Westside Voice is a source of news from West Los Angeles. They’re hiring on a fee-per-article basis. They’re looking for:

– “2 Reporters who can cover Inglewood, City of L.A., and L.A. County government”

– “1 high school sports reporter”

They will pay $50 to $100 per piece. Women, LGBTQIA+, and diverse writers are encouraged to apply. To learn more, refer to their tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Wired is a magazine and website that covers the current and future trends in technology. They’re accepting pitches for their Ideas section. The section features argument-driven essays (1,500-2,800 words) that are complex and analytical and often include reporting. Rates for essays begin at $500. Pitches can be sent to ideas@wired.com. To learn more, read their deputy ideas editor’s tweet and their pitch guide.

The Muse is an online career platform where users can look for job listings, company profiles, and career advice. Their deputy editor is seeking pitches for “pieces that shed light, provide insight, reframe, and capture zeitgeist when it comes to careers, job searches, work, and work culture.” They’re particularly interested in fresh takes on these topics:

“- Salary, negotiation, money, pay transparency, etc.

– Mental health

– Diversity, equity, and inclusion

– Unions, organizing, etc.

– Early career

– Productivity”

Rate is $300 to $600. Send your pitches to stav.ziv@themuse.com. Read their deputy editor’s Twitter thread here. Learn more about them here.

Maisonneuve is a Montreal-based quarterly of “arts, opinion, and ideas.” They’re seeking pitches (for reported features, essays, comment pieces, and comics) about tech for their next issue. The pitches should have some kind of Canadian connection. Their standard rate is 15 cents per word. Pitches can be sent to lucy@maisonneuve.org. To learn more, refer to their Twitter thread and guidelines.

Deadline: March 5th, 2023

ASEF culture360 is an online platform managed by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). They cover arts, culture, and heritage of 51 countries from Asia and Europe. They are seeking writers (remote) to produce features and interviews for their website. They will pay 200 Singapore Dollars per commissioned article (800-1,000 words). You can apply if you are a national of an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) member country. For more information, refer to this tweet and their call for articles.

Deadline: October 31st, 2023






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