7 Magazines Seeking Pitches from Freelance Writers

Here are seven magazines that accept pitches directly from freelance writers. Included are a variety of publishers covering topics such as the American South, art, culture, advertising, and travel.

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  1. The Bitter Southerner is an online magazine that publishes the real stories about the American South. They pay a base rate of $500 for their “Tuesday Features” of 2,500 to 5,000 words, and $150 for their “From the Southern Perspective” stories of 1,000 to 3,000 words. To learn more, visit this page.
  2. Cowboys & Indians is an international magazine that is a source for Western art, photography, music, travel, history, food, ranch life, and more. According to one payment report, they paid $1.25 for a 600-word profile or interview. To contact them, refer to this page.
  3. AARP: The Magazine accepts submission from freelance writers on a variety of topics, including personal essays. They want “thoughtful, timely, new takes on matters of importance to people over 50.” According to our sources, they pay up to $1 a word. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  4. Frieze covers contemporary art and culture. They have three publications named Frieze Masters Magazine, Frieze Magazine, and Frieze Week. According to payment reports, they pay up to $0.40 per word. To contact them, refer to this page.
  5. Number is “an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.” They prefer proposals to completed articles. The payment rates for their print publication are: $50 for regional update (500 words), $75 for exhibition review (700 to 1,000 words), $100 for interview (1,000 to 1,500 words), and $100 for feature article (1,000 to 1,500 words). The rates for their website publication are: $50 for exhibition review (500 to 600 words), and $50 for interview (500 to 600 words). For details, visit this page.
  6. Adbusters is a Canada-based magazine that is “fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.” They publish 6 times a year. Payment reports indicate that they pay up to $0.50 per word. To contact them, visit this page.
  7. Paradise is the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini (the national airline of Papua New Guinea). They welcome submissions from writers and photographers, especially from those who are based in Papua New Guinea. According to one payment report, they paid $0.43 per word. To contact their editor, refer to this page.


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