8 Calls for Pitches Paying $1.00+ Per Word

Sleep Foundation is a source for evidence-based sleep health information. They’re seeking “experienced writers who would like to tackle long-form explorations into sleep inequity, particularly at the local level.” Rates start at $1 per word. Word count of articles: 750 words or more (typically over 1,000 words). To learn more, refer to this tweet. To pitch, refer to this page.

Audubon is the National Audubon Society’s official magazine. They celebrate bird life and probe the issues facing our planet today. Their editor is looking for freelance pitches on birds, climate, and environment. They pay $0.50 per word for online news articles, explainers, and other stories that are usually less than 1,200 words. They pay $1.00 per word for longer essays and $1.50 per word for features (both print and online). Feature packages equivalent to a 6-page story in print begin at $2,500. For more information, read their editor’s tweet and their pitch guidelines.

Insider is a global news publication. Their features editor is always seeking great pitches. Broadly, their editor is “looking for character-driven and in-depth narrative features that break ground.” They pay $1 per word for features. To learn more, refer to their features editor’s Twitter thread and their top 10 most-read features of 2022.

The New Republic (TNR) is a journal of opinion that is dedicated to solving today’s most critical issues. For the new year, their deputy editor would love some pitches for TNR online’s Sold Short (which covers inequality, labor, and justice). Rates start at $400 and kill fee is at least $50. To learn more, read their deputy editor’s tweet and Sold Short’s pitch guide.

For TNR’s print magazine, their deputy editor edits the front of the book (1,500 to 2,000 words) and favors politics and policy stories, but loves any compelling narrative with character and scene. Rates start at around $0.50/word but skew closer to $1.00/word. For more information, refer to their deputy editor’s tweet and their general submission guidelines.

Travel + Leisure is a travel magazine. Their associate editorial director is seeking personal essay pitches: “Do you have a compelling story about meeting your partner while traveling? A particularly romantic tale about traveling with your partner?” If interested, send your pitches to alisha.prakash@dotdashmdp.com. The editorial director hasn’t mentioned the payment rates in their tweet, but according to a now-deleted tweet by their senior editor, they pay around $2/word. To read their associate editorial director’s tweet, click here. To read their pitch guidelines, click here.

MIT Technology Review is a media company that explains the commercial, political, and social impact of the newest technologies. They are always seeking sharp story pitches: news (generally 800 to 1,000 words); features (2,500 to 4,000 words); profiles; essays; op-eds; and more. Rates are $1 to $2 per word for reported pieces. To learn more, read their editor’s tweet and their pitch guide.

Slow Ways is a national walking network connecting all the towns and cities of Great Britain. They are partnering with All the Elements and Huck Magazine’s Outsiders Project for a new project, Tales from a Slow Way. For this project, they are looking to commission creatives and groups to co-produce stories situated on their walking routes. The stories can be about any topic and can be in any format (film, music, art, photo essays, zines, creative writing, etc.). The stories should inspire people to contribute to and use their network of Slow Ways. Fee is £2,000. For more information, refer to their tweet and this page.

Deadline: January 21st, 2023

Logic is a print and digital magazine about technology and society. They publish 3 times a year. They have tweeted, “We are currently soliciting pitches for Issue 19 of Logic(s): supa dupa skies (move slow and heal things). We hope to channel supa dupa fly rhythms in calling forward technologists who are baby mommas, villagers from the countryside, locked up, hustling, or just travelers wandering, looking for a place to catch their breath.” Their rates start at $1,200 for shorter essays (1,200 to 1,600 words) and $2,000 for longer features (2,000 to 4,000 words and up). For more information, read their Twitter thread and pitch guide.

Deadline: January 27th, 2023


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