37 Calls for Pitches Directly from Editors (Up to $500 Per Article)

Dear Writers,

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

Before contacting the editors, please carefully study the publication. Make sure you’re submitting a proposal that meets their needs. Do not contact them unless you have a solid understanding of how to write a good pitch. If you don’t know how to send a pitch, then please watch this. (So you don’t waste your time trying to get published!)

— Jacob Jans

Thanks to Fatima Saif for compiling this list.

Monarch is an online directory that connects therapy seekers to clinicians. They are seeking “health writers, medical journalists, licensed therapists, physicians, registered dietitians, and other experienced writers and authors to pitch and take original bylined writing assignments on mental health topics of all kinds.” They have high journalistic standards. They prize science-backed information with a minimum of 1 to 2 quotes from licensed experts along with references to a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed studies. They pay a flat rate of $500 per article (1,000 to 3,000 words). As their parent company is US-based, to get paid you should either live in the US or have a US bank account and tax ID. To learn more, refer to their editor-in-chief’s Tweet, this page, and their writers’ guidelines.

Sentient Media is a news organization that reports on the impact of animal agriculture. They increase awareness of animal suffering by sharing compelling stories about how humans treat animals. Their associate editor is accepting pitches at claire@sentientmedia.org. Pay is $150. For more information, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet and their submissions page.

The Paper Gown is a Zocdoc-powered blog that “strives to tell stories that help patients feel informed, empowered and understood.” They are seeking more personal essays on “navigating healthcare, facing chronic illness and other issues.” They will pay at least $0.50/word. Send your pitches to amanda.svachula@zocdoc.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and their website.

The Dance Current is a Canadian print magazine and website about dance. They are accepting pitches for Fall 2022, which is all about education. They look for reviews (500-750 words), Q & A’s (1,000-1,200 words), personal essays (500-750 words), body columns (750 words), tips columns (500-750 words), poetry, feature profiles (1,800-2,000 words), feature stories (3,000-3,300 words), photo essays (8-12 photos), and in conversation features (3,000-3,300 words). They encourage pitches from writers and dance artists who are from Canada or are living in Canada. Rates are $125 to $400. Pitches should be sent to grace@thedancecurrent.com. For more information, read their Tweet and submission guidelines.

Deadline: June 27th, 2022

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 fit in their History category. They pay $50 per article (1,000-2,000 words). For more information, refer to their Tweet, contributor guidelines, and pitch form.

Women Who Write Are Dope is an Instagram-based publication that focuses on empowerment and amplifying the voices of female writing talent. They are looking for mini article pitches from women. They want pitches on these topics: emotional vulnerability, love and relationships, mental health awareness, trauma recovery, and the self love journey. Rate is $100 per mini article. A mini article is a 300-word personal narrative style piece. Pitches should be sent to iamwwcad@gmail.com (there is no deadline). For details, refer to their founder’s Tweet and their submission guidelines.

The associate editor of Insider’s business division has tweeted, “The ‘OOO’ are flooding in as summer heats up. I would love pitches about Airbnb and vacation rentals, do you know anyone who’s making a killing? Also, any super lucrative summer job diaries or side-hustles!” Their rates generally begin at £250/$320 for personal essays and £270/$350 for single interviews. Pitches should be sent to kfields@insider.com. To learn more, refer to their associate editor’s Tweet and this Google doc.

Glamour is an online magazine for women. They have posted a “tentative call out for pitches about Beyoncé (her power/her new album/a love letter).” They pay £200 for standard pieces and £300 for in-depth reports and investigations. Interested writers should email lucy.morgan@condenast.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Verge examines how technology will change our lives in the future. Their transportation editor is seeking pitches from auto/tech freelance reporters. Their editor likes “stories about janky car software, weird micromobility vehicles, startup scams, exciting transit innovations, and the awkward and fun way our present-day transportation is colliding with the future.” They typically pay a flat rate of $750 per reported story (between 1,500 and 2,000 words). Read their transportation editor’s Tweet here. Learn about them here.

Block Club Chicago is a reader-supported nonprofit news organization delivering reliable and essential coverage of Chicago’s neighborhoods. They are accepting Chicago-centric hot dog story pitches for Hot Dog Month in July. They are only looking for reported pieces (no first-person work). Their stories generally start at $150. If interested, DM their breaking news editor on Twitter or email kelly@blockclubchi.org. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and their previous hot dog stories here.

Wide Open Eats is “a place celebrating honest home cooks that make the most of what they have, featuring food of every kind and regional style.” They are seeking a US-based entertainment freelance writer. The freelancer must commit to writing 2 to 3 articles per week. Rate is $150 to $200 per piece. If interested, send 2 to 3 work examples to lyndsay@wideopeneats.com. To learn more, refer to their managing editor’s Tweet and their ‘about us’ page.

Deadline: June 22nd, 2022

The Bookseller is a British book industry magazine and website. They are open for submissions for their 2nd Disability Issue. The theme is “increasing accessibility & inclusivity of disabled people within the publishing industry.” They are seeking “article pitches by disabled authors, agents, editors, publishing employees & booksellers.” They are especially interested in pieces about “the obstacles disabled people face” and “what’s being done well and how it can be extended.” Rate is £120/500 words. If interested, send your pitches to disabledauthors@gmail.com. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.

Deadline: July 8th, 2022

The New York Review of Architecture is “a cooperative of working writers, architects, and artists who review architecture, in New York.” They publish monthly and in print only. They are accepting pitches for a new segment, Wrecking Ball. Their deputy editor has tweeted, “Hate something a lot? Want to write 1,000 words about it?” “I’m especially interested in hearing from people who don’t typically write about architecture and also from people who are not men.” They will pay $200 for Wrecking Ball columns. To get in touch with their deputy editor, email m.daprile@nyra.nyc. To read their deputy editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To learn more about them, click here.

Guide Fall is a source for video game guides and tips. They are seeking a guide writer to help them out with an Xbox-focused project. They want someone who can write 30 short guides per month. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to grow their young portfolio. Pay will be $300 per month. To learn more, refer to their owner and editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread. To apply, refer to this page.

FanBuzz is a digital sports publication. They are looking to add to their roster of freelance college football writers. Rates start at $0.10 per word (negotiable). To learn more, refer to this Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Vulture is an entertainment news website for the culturally obsessed. They cover TV, movies, comedy, music, theater, art, books, and more. Their recommendations and crossword editor is always seeking medium- large-scale recommendations lists (streaming, books, and more); video game features; and big subject rankings or guides. Their rates usually start at $200. Send your pitches to emily.heller@voxmedia.com. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and their pitch guide here.

Reader’s Digest UK is a general interest family magazine. Their senior editor / culture critic is looking for pitches. They are keen on music, books, sex and relationships content for their website and inspiring human interest, health and science stories for their print magazine. They pay £60 to £100 for online pieces and £300 to £400 for print. Pitches should be sent to eva.mackevic@readersdigest.co.uk. Read their senior editor’s Tweet here. Contact them here.

Metro Opinion is a platform by Metro.co.uk. They are “looking to commission someone 70+ who still goes to Glastonbury,” to write a piece for them. Their rates typically start at £70 for 600 to 800 words. If interested, send your pitches to siobhan.smith@metro.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their website.

New Scientist is a weekly science and technology magazine. They are accepting freelance pitches for their Christmas/holiday issue that will be packed with around 15 features. For this issue, they want something that is “a little bit different from the usual stuff.” They are still seeking science and technology, but they “want the issue to be a little more light-hearted, quirkier, and generally to be a wonderfully diverting thing to read as people relax over the festive period.” The Christmas features will be 1,200 words long. Rates will start at around £620. Pitches should ideally be sent before the end of June. To learn more, refer to their features editor’s Twitter thread and their Christmas features’ pitch guide.

The senior commissioning editor of VICE UK/Noisey is seeking 18 to 25 year old freelance music bloggers/content creators who can tiktok + write for them. According to payment reports, they pay up to 30p per word for features. To read their editor’s Tweet, click here. To visit their website, click here.

Opportunity for a Freelancer who can write Blogs, Category Copy, Product Descriptions: “Looking for a freelance writer that understands basic SEO and can write blogs, category copy, product descriptions. Please have strong command of English formally & colloquially. East coast US preferred, but absolutely not required.” Rate will be around 10 to 20 cents a word. To learn more, refer to this Tweet.

The Progressive is a monthly magazine and a website that is a “bold voice for peace, social justice, and the common good.” Their web editor and audience engagement coordinator is always seeking new LGBTQ+ writers. They pay $100 to $150 for web pieces of 800 to 1,200 words. Email your pitches to kassidy@progressive.org. Read their editor’s Twitter thread here and their writers guidelines here.

Next City is a nonprofit news organization that covers urban policy, planning, transportation, and design. Their senior editor is seeking pitches for urban solutions stories on “economic justice, housing justice, environmental justice, sustainable & accessible transportation, tech for good, arts & culture.”  They pay around $400 for 800-1,200 words. If interested, send your pitches to their senior editor at aysha@nextcity.org. You can also email them if you would like to be assigned stories in the future. They also cover critical urban issues like “public health, mental health, education, policing and criminal justice reform, labor and organizing, etc.” To read their senior editor’s Twitter thread, click here. To read their pitch guide, click here.

International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) offers the latest tips, training opportunities, trends, and tools for professional and emerging journalists around the world. They are accepting pitches: “Do you know of a journalism tool, app or resource that we haven’t covered? A media innovator who has a fascinating story to tell? Or do you simply want to discuss a current media trend taking place in your country? If so, we want to hear from you.” Most of their freelancers work in English, but they have recently added the opportunity to write in other languages (Spanish, Portuguese or Russian) as well. They pay $200 per article. For details, refer to their Tweet and this page.

Chatelaine is a Canadian women’s magazine that covers food, health, and style. Their deputy editor, features is seeking pitches for their fall/winter issues. They want pitches that center on good things/joy. They encourage LGBTQ2S+, BIPOC, disabled, as well as first-time writers to pitch. They pay $1 CAD per word for print and $300-$800 for online stories. Pitches should be emailed to erica.lenti@stjoseph.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their writers guidelines.

Tribune is a UK-based democratic socialist political magazine. They are open for pitches for their website. They are interested in features and opinion on all the usual e.g. politics, labor, history, and more. They are particularly looking to hear from writers who are confident on economics and labor reporting. Pay starts at £100. Pitches should be sent to newton@tribunemag.co.uk. To learn more, refer to their online editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Stylist Magazine is a weekly magazine and a website for smart, successful, and sophisticated women. Their fitness editor has tweeted, “Wellbeing writers, pitch me your ideas on sleep, gut health, sexual wellbeing, hormones, ‘women’s health’, energy, mood etc pls! (Remember – NO diet culture, NO unsubstantiated claims, PLS check we’ve not covered already).” Pay is £150/piece. Send your pitches to miranda.larbi@stylist.co.uk. To read their fitness editor’s Tweet, click here. To read their pitching guidelines, click here.

gal-dem is a British online and print magazine that is dedicated to sharing the stories of women and non-binary people of color. They are looking for travel stories from people of color for their Wanderthirst series. Their rates start from £100. For more information, read their Tweet and pitching guide.

Guide Fall is a source for video game guides and tips. They are always seeking thoughts on recent releases. For a standard feature, they pay $125. Pitches should be sent to andrew.smith@guidefall.com. Read their owner and editor-in-chief’s Tweet here. Learn more about them here.

Popular Mechanics is a source for tech, science, math, aerospace, military, and auto news. They are seeking “a puzzle master or fanatic to create weekly riddles, math problems, and brain teasers” and engage with their brilliant members. The selected applicant will basically be their Puzzle Coach. Rate: $250 per puzzle. If interested, email andrew.daniels@hearst.com. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and their ‘about us’ page.

Metro.co.uk covers news, lifestyle, health, food, sex, entertainment, sports, and more. They are accepting pitches for their new series, Age Is Just a Number. They are open to “all sorts of stories of people doing unusual or interesting things, at surprising ages.” They pay a base rate of £100. Send your pitches to siobhan.smith@metro.co.uk. To learn more, refer to this Tweet and Age Is Just a Number series.

The Daily Beast is a news and opinion website dedicated to independent journalism. Their editor is always seeking entertainment opinion pitches. She wants “fun, personal, voice-y takes on what’s going on in movies/TV/music/gaming/internet.” She doesn’t want anniversary content or “I am totally this character” essays. Pay range is $250 to $350. Pitches should be sent to allegra.frank@thedailybeast.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

The Fence is a London-based independent quarterly magazine. They ship internationally but focus around life in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Within their magazine, there are 4 sections: Facts, Features, Fiction, and Etc. Each section has a different tone. They are always accepting pitches. They pay £150 to £250 per piece (1,000-1,500 words). To learn more, refer to their Tweet and pitch guide.

Sliced is a monthly food journalism magazine by Fed (a food startup that offers nutrition-focused meals for specialized diets). They are inviting pitches for their Insect and Fast Food issues. They pay CD$0.15/word for around 1,200 words. If interested, send your pitches and samples to editor@fedfedfed.com. Read their Twitter thread here and their previous issues here.

Jacobin is a socialist print magazine (published 4 times a year). Their senior editor has tweeted, “I’m looking to publish way more on Southern labor history and left history in the region more generally.” According to payment reports, they pay $0.05 to $0.13 per word. If interested, email your pitches to shawn.gude@gmail.com.. To learn more, refer to their senior editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.

Inland Catholic Byte is looking to expand their pool of freelance writers for their “diocesan newspapers, the Inland Catholic BYTE (English) and El Compás Católico (Spanish).” They want freelance writers who are based in Riverside or San Bernardino County. They may also consider freelancers based in neighboring counties in Southern California. The stories that they assign to writers are feature style pieces “related to Catholicism in the Diocese of San Bernardino.” They don’t commission opinion/commentary articles, only news/features articles. Some of the assigned articles may be done remotely, while for others the writer would have to travel to cover the story. They pay $175 for a standard length story (500 to 1,000 words) and $225 for a 1,000+ word story. They pay $25 for a photo. For more information, refer to this Tweet and this page.

Via Magazine is a magazine and website that serves AAA (American Automobile Association) members in nine western states. They publish 6 online issues and 1 print issue per year. They are seeking “freelance auto writers who can cover everything from DIY maintenance to on-the-road safety tips.” Ideal applicants will have “previously published works on EVs, the latest ADAS car technology features, and car maintenance.” Rate is $400 to $500 per article. Pitches should be sent to viamail@viamagazine.com. For more information, read their editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread and their pitch guidelines.


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