One of the best things about Writing Launch, aside from our courses, is the database of publishing opportunities we maintain for our members. Every month we add hundreds of new calls for writers, in addition to the 1,850 publisher listings in our directory.
Below is a sample of some of the latest calls for writers in our database. You’ll notice that each of the listings includes payment rates, and contact information. You’ll note that many of these publishers pay up to $200 per article, and sometimes much more.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to approach these publishers with a high-quality pitch, and you may still need to negotiate payment rates as well.
If you’re a Writing Launch Member, please send us a draft of your pitch, before sending it to the editor. We can often spot simple ways to improve a pitch, and increase the likelihood that you’ll get your pitch accepted.
Note that we’re not currently open for enrollment. If you want access to the full database, you’ll have to join the waiting list here.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Jacob Jans
The Balance focuses on “how current events affect personal finances and what’s going on in the consumer finance industry.” They are seeking freelance news reporters and freelance news editors. They pay $250-$500/piece for reporting work. They pay editors an hourly rate which starts at $30/hour. If interested, send an email to email@example.com. To learn more, refer to their editorial director’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.
HowStuffWorks is an infotainment website. They are looking for freelance writers who are well-versed in auto or technology. They will pay $85 to $200 per piece. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page.
Inclusive Media Solutions LLC provides “media creation, revision, and consulting services to companies, organizations, and individuals who want their media and other materials to be more inclusive.” They are looking for freelance writers to work with their clients. They strongly encourage BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQIA writers to apply. They will pay at least $0.50 per word. For more information, refer to this Tweet and this page.
Wired UK is a print and online magazine that covers future science, culture, and technology news. Their features editor has tweeted, “Want to pitch a longread before Christmas? Now’s the time! I’m always looking for smart narrative nonfiction pitches in tech, science, and innovation.” According to two payment reports, they paid £1,400 for a longread feature of 4,000 words. Email your pitches to email@example.com. For more details, refer to their features editor’s Tweet and their contributor’s guidelines.
Euronews Travel publishes Europe’s best hidden stories. They are seeking Christmas-themed travel pitches. They commission a wide range of content types e.g. features, listicles, and op-eds. They pay €100 to €150 per piece. For more information, refer to their Tweet and pitch form.
OpenDemocracy is a global media organization that covers world affairs, ideas, and culture. They are seeking “stories that track the backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights, document the resistance or profile feminist media in the Eurasia region.” They accept pitches for comment and analysis pieces (800-900 words), features (1,200-1,400 words), investigations, first-person accounts, and photo essays. They commission 2 articles per month and prioritize articles by women, trans, and non-binary contributors. Rates are £100 to £350 per piece. There is no deadline, but writers should try to submit by the end of January. If interested, send pitches in English, Russian or Georgian to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.
Insider is a website that shares all the adventures that life has to offer. Their lifestyle and entertainment editor has tweeted, “Currently looking for entertainment analysis pitches. Do you want to highlight the biggest mistake in “Gilmore Girls”? or break down Dumbledore’s biggest failures? or explain why exactly Draco Malfoy is so beloved yet so absent? Email me!” “Primarily looking for pitches tied to trending/popular shows and movies (like Twilight, The Queen’s Gambit, High School Musical, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, The Office, Friends, Home Alone…). Rates start at about $130 to $140 for not-too lengthy entertainment analysis like this. If interested, send pitches to email@example.com. To learn more, refer to their editor’s Twitter thread. To contact them, refer to this page.
The Guardian is a British news and media website. Their deputy opinion editor has tweeted, “I’m taking pitches for a series loosely titled ‘The year that changed me’ – serious or fun. Did you realise how much you could sacrifice for others or how selfish you are? Did you make a big life decision or appreciate the little things more? I’m open to ideas!” They pay £310 per 1,000 words. For details, refer to their editor’s Tweet and their freelance charter.
Life & Thyme is a print magazine and website that specializes in culinary storytelling and food journalism. They are looking for pitches for “stories that explore topics related to parenting while working in the food industry.” They are “especially looking for pitches about parents with children at home who are working an on-site food or hospitality job during Covid.” Pay is $200 to $400 per piece. To learn more, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.
Transformations is “a project of the narrative storytelling initiative at Arizona State University and a publishing channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.” They have tweeted, “Holidays can evoke strong emotions & poignant experiences—even life-altering ones. Or they can be disasters. Do you have a transformative holiday story? We’re accepting submissions of up to 600 words on the topic: ‘Holidays?’” Pay will be $75 per story. Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, refer to this Twitter thread and this page.
Deadline: December 13th, 2020